Thursday, July 1, 2010
1992 Score, Danny Jackson
#120 Danny Jackson
Here is the second and final card that my dad was able to get signed for me at the '85 Classic in May. In fact, this is the last card that I have to post from the '85 Classic. I got a bunch of cards signed that day by the Rockies, but this is the last one signed by one of the '85 Classic participants.
Danny's career lasted fifteen seasons with the Royals, Reds, Cubs, Pirates, Phillies, Cardinals, and Padres. A former first round pick by the Royals, he was traded to the Reds after the 1987 season in which he was 9-18 with a 4.02 ERA. I'm sure most Reds fans weren't thrilled about that trade at the time. But, in 1988, Danny ended up having the best season of his career as he went on to a 23-8 record with 2.73 ERA and 161 strikeouts, all career highs. If it wasn't for an amazing year by Orel Hershiser, Danny probably would have won the Cy Young award.
While having a great year, Danny also threw over 260 innings. That looks like it cost him over the rest of his career because he only threw over 200 innings one more time while he threw under 100 four more times. He did enjoy some success later in his career, though, and he even made a second All Star team in 1994 as a member of the Phillies.