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Larry Jackson

Larry Jackson
Born: (1931-06-02)June 2, 1931
Nampa, Idaho
Died: August 28, 1990(1990-08-28) (aged 59)
Boise, Idaho
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 17, 1955 for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 20, 1968 for the Philadelphia Phillies
Career statistics
Win–loss record 194–183
Earned run average 3.40
Strikeouts 1,709
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Career highlights and awards

Lawrence Curtis Jackson (June 2, 1931 – August 28, 1990) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies from 1955 to 1968. In

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Jackson was born in Nampa, Idaho, attended Boise Junior College and University of Idaho,[1] and signed with the Cardinals in 1951. In

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  3. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year he led the NL with 282 innings and 38 games started, also winning 18 games, but he missed the first four weeks of the 1961 season after having his jaw broken in a late spring training game by a flying piece of Duke Snider's broken bat. After the 1962 season Jackson was traded to the Cubs along with Lindy McDaniel in a six-player deal; the Cardinals received three players including Don Cardwell, who they dealt for Dick Groat a month later. Jackson was again an All-Star in 1963, and ironically earned the win despite it being his least effective appearance in the Midsummer Classic; after entering with a 3–1 lead in the third inning, he allowed the tying runs, but the NL again took a 4–3 lead in the top of the fifth as he departed.

He enjoyed his best season the following year, as despite the Cubs' 76-86 record he posted a mark of 24-11 with 148 strikeouts and a 3.14 earned run average. He also set a major league record for pitchers with 109 total chances without an error, breaking the mark of 108 shared by Three Finger Brown (

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In early

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After a 13–17 season with a 2.77 ERA in

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Jackson became a Boise, Idaho, sportswriter, and also worked as an insurance agent and as a lobbyist for paper manufacturers. He went on to serve four terms as a Republican from Ada County in the Idaho House of Representatives, became executive director of the Republican State Committee, and ran for Governor in 1978 but did not get the party nomination. He died of cancer in Boise at the age of 59.

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