1969 BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE DAY– SONNY JACKSON- ATLANTA BRAVES

 

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4 points on Sonny Jackson-

  • Sonny Jackson played his first game for the Houston Colt 45’s -later to become the Astros- in 1963 at the age of 18. He played a few games here and there-a total of 20 games over three seasons in the majors- he finally made it for good in 1966 at the age of 21. How many players peak at 21? Sonny Jackson did. He finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting that season. 3 home runs- 25 RBI a .292 batting average, 80 runs scored and 49 stolen bases in 150 games played. He led the league in singles and in sacrifice hits. Looked like a very promising start but that turned out to be as good as it was going to get.
  • Sonny was 5’9″ 150 hit left and threw right handed. He played shortstop and towards the end of his career some centerfield. Speed was his game. His career stats 7 home runs 162 RBI and a career average of .251. His on base percentage was a poor .308. He had 126 stolen bases.
  •  Sonny Jackson played for Houston 1963-67, was traded to the Atlanta Braves and played for them from 1968-74. His last game in the majors was at the age of 29.
  • After his playing career ended he was a manager in the minor leagues for the Braves and San Francisco Giants and later a coach for the Giants. He is 73 years old.
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