Al Jackson Biography – Al Jackson Wiki
Al Jackson born Alvin Neill Jackson, was a left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who had a career record of 67-99 with a 3.98 ERA over 10 seasons with four teams from 1959-1969.
He was taken by the Mets from the Pirates in the expansion draft and went 8-20 in the 1962 season when the Mets were the worst team in baseball history with a record of 40-120. Jackson had the franchise record for victories with 40 until Tom Seaver broke it in 1969. Jackson went 43-80 in six seasons over two stints with the Mets, but his former teammates said those numbers were deceiving.
Jackson tossed four shutouts in 1962 — the only shutouts the team had — and he was the pitcher of record in the Mets’ first win at Shea Stadium in 1964. He played for the Mets for their first four seasons, from 1962-65, before being traded to the Cardinals following the 1965 season. After two years with the Cardinals, he was dealt back to the Mets as the player to be named later in a trade that sent Jack Lamabe to St. Louis. Jackson appeared in 34 more games for the Mets in 1968 and ’69, mostly as a reliever. He was sold to the Reds in June of 1969 and finished his career with the Reds.
After serving as pitching coach for the Red Sox in 1977-79 and Orioles in 1989-91, he returned to the Mets as a minor league pitching instructor. He was Bobby Valentine’s bullpen coach on the 2000 Mets NL championship team. For the last 15 years, Jackson was a fixture in spring training as a roving minor league pitching coach, front office advisor and overall “good will ambassador” for the Mets.
Al Jackson Age
He was born on December 26, 1935, in Waco, Texas. He died on August 19, 2019, in Port St. Lucie, Florida. He was 83 years old.
Al Jackson Wife
Jackson was married to his wife Nadine.
Al Jackson Children
Jackson and his wife Nadine had two sons Reggie and Barry, and two grandsons Wesley Jackson and Kyle Jackson.
Al Jackson Death
Jackson died on August 19, 2019, after a long illness at The Emerald Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. His death was announced by the Mets. The following is a statement from the Mets organization on the passing of Al Jackson:
“We are saddened to hear about the passing of Al Jackson, an original Met, who spent 50 years in a New York Mets uniform. He was a pitcher, major league coach, minor league pitching coordinator and front office advisor. It would be impossible to calculate the number of players and staff he touched and influenced during his career. Jackson, 83, passed away today after a long illness at the Emerald Nursing Home in Port St. Lucie, FL. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife, Nadine, his sons, Reggie and Barry and grandchildren, Wesley and Kyle.”
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 19, 2019
Al Jackson Cause of Death
Al Jackson’s cause of death was complications from a stroke Jackson suffered a couple of years ago.