Handsome Ransom Jackson Talks Brooklyn, Ballparks, and Baseball
Former big leaguer Randy "Handsome Ransom" Jackson returned to Sportstalk to talk more baseball with us. The 90-year old was a two-time all-star third baseman with the Chicago Cubs before joining the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956. Jackson was traded to the Dodgers to take over for Jackie Robinson, but the two played together for the 1956 season.
We enjoyed talking to Jackson so much a few months back when he was promoting his new book that we could not wait to get him back on the show. During this interview, we spent more time discussing some of baseball's current greats, including Ichiro Suzuki's 3,000 hit milestone and Alex Rodriguez's retirement. Jackson, who told me that he never had seen any performance enhancing drug of any kind in clubhouses during the 1950s, was adamant that any baseball player who was found guilty of PEDs should not be allowed in the Baseball Hall of Fame.
We also talked about his time in Brooklyn, his favorite ballparks to play, the pitcher he feared the most, and how few ballplayers would play golf during the baseball season. Jackson is a treasure and someone we will have back on the show soon for more stories that are found in his book, Accidental Big Leaguer.