A Texas Christian University football player, Jackson played in the 1945 and '46
Cotton Bowls. He hit 19, 19, and 21 homers in 1953-55 with the Cubs. In 1955 he led
NL third basemen in double plays. The Dodgers traded Walt Moryn, Don Hoak, and Russ
Meyer to the Cubs for Jackson and pitcher Don Elston in expectation that the slugger
would succeed Jackie Robinson at third base, but after a serious knee injury in 1957,
Jackson never again played regularly.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»June 28, 1951: The Cubs Frank Hiller faces just 27 batters in pitching a one-hitter over the Cards, winning 8–0. Enos Slaughter has a fifth-inning single but is erased on a DP. Randy Jackson poles his seventh homer in the seventh and the Cubs pull off a double steal in the ninth when they add four runs. Jack Cusick swipes home, with Hiller stealing third.
»August 15, 1953:
3B Ransom Jackson of the Cubs grounds into 3 DPs against
the Braves' as the Cubs lose 2-0. Jackson ties a NL record, later eclipsed by Joe Torre.
»April 17, 1954: The wind is blowing out at Wrigley, as the Cards lose 23–13 to the Cubs in a National League record three hour and 43 minute game. The two teams combine for 35 hits, including five homers. Bruce Edwards walks twice in the 5th, when the Cubs score 10 runs. Cubs 3B Randy Jackson has four hits, including a home run that hits an apartment building on Waveland Avenue. Jim Brosnan is the winner over Gerry Staley in the highest scoring game ever between these two rivals.