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Grant Jackson (1942–2021), pitcher for the 1979 World Series-winning Pirates

by Linnea Crowther

Grant Jackson was an MLB pitcher who helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win the 1979 World Series.

Major League career

Jackson began his career with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1965. In 1969, while he was with the Phillies, he was an All-Star. He spent several seasons with the Phillies as well as the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees, pitching in the 1971 and 1976 World Series, before being traded to the Pirates in 1977. He was a driving force behind the Pirates’ World Series victory in 1979, pitching in Game 7. Later in his 18-season career, Jackson played for the Montreal Expos and Kansas City Royals. He had 889 strikeouts in his career and an ERA of 3.46. After retirement, Jackson became the Pirates’ bullpen coach and later coached for minor league teams.

Notable quote

“Winning Game [7] of the 1979 World Series was my biggest thrill in baseball, no doubt. People from that era here in Pittsburgh still remember it like it was yesterday.” —from a 2005 interview with Ron Musselman

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Tributes to Grant Jackson

Full obituary: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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