Friday, March 21, 2014

PURSUE THE PENNANTS: #420 LARRY JACKSON


BENEFITED THE CUBS COMING AND GOING.



THAT ERROR-LESS STREAK SET AN ML RECORD.


WHO'S THE HERO?

  • Right-hander Larry Jackson was part of two great trades for the Cubs, one coming and one going. A three-time All-Star for the Cardinals, he was acquired in 1963 in a six-player deal, along with Lindy McDaniel, primarily for Don Cardwell and Dick Groat. In '64, he had his career year, winning a major-league leading 24 games for a 76-win club and finishing second for the Cy Young Award. Jackson was traded in April '66 in a four-player deal that brought Fergie Jenkins from the Phillies.

WHY IT'S SLICK

  • Every '65 card is golden, but the Cubs cards are really, really nice.

GROOVY BITS

  • Jackson's 194 wins are the most in the live-ball era for a right-hander who never pitched for a winning team.
  • Led the NL in innings (282) in '60 and won at least 13 games each year in his last 12 seasons.
  • After retiring following the '68 season, he served four terms in the Idaho Legislature. 

AHEAD IN '14

  • I like how Topps occasionally pairs a Heritage set player from the same team with a player from the set it's honoring. In this case, Jackson and Jeff Samardzija at No. 420. A starter the past two seasons, Samardzija, like Jackson, has pitched for some bad Cubs teams. He could wind up being traded before the deadline this season after not agreeing to a long-term contract. A strikeout pitcher, he's the unquestioned ace for a team in full rebuild mode. 

THIS HIPPIE HAS GIDDY-UP ON HIS FASTBALL.


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