Saturday, July 6, 2013
This month Summervillians have the opportunity to help one of their own get inducted into the Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame's advisory committee has named former Green Wave pitcher Steven Jackson as one of one of eight candidates for the Hall’s Class of 2013.
Which three of the eight candidates will be enshrined will be determined by voting from local fans. Official ballots are available at Riley Park and on-line voting is also available at http://www.ballotbin.com/voterReg.php?b=40063
Voting will conclude on Aug. 2. On Aug. 9, the three individuals with the most votes will be inducted prior to the RiverDogs' game against the Rome Braves.
After pitching for Summerville High, Jackson played at Clemson for four seasons (2001-04) despite being drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 38th round of the 2000 MLB Draft. He was also drafted after his junior season with the Tigers by the Cleveland Indians in the 32nd round but remained in school.
In his four years as a Tiger, Jackson put together a record of 19-8. His professional career began in the Arizona Diamondbacks' system after he was a 10th round pick in 2004. He spent three seasons in their minor league program before being traded to the New York Yankees in January 2007 as part of the Randy Johnson trade.
In 2009, Jackson was called up to the majors for the first time by the Yankees but never got into a game. He was then designated for assignment by the club and he was selected off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates where he made his major league debut on June 1 against the New York Mets. Jackson would spend the next year and a half going between Pittsburgh and Triple-A Indianapolis.
He began the 2011 season in the Los Angeles Dodgers' organization before signing with the Cincinnati Reds and finally being traded back to the Pirates.
During his time in the majors, Jackson pitched in 54.1 innings during 51 appearances with a 2-4 record and a 4.31 ERA.
The Charleston Baseball Hall of Fame is coordinated and operated by the Charleston RiverDogs. An advisory committee consisting of knowledgeable and local volunteers was created to come up with the names as potential nominees. The Hall of Fame is located inside Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
Other finalists for the Class of 2013 are H.A. “Pete” Ayoub, Tim Cook, Kiki Cuyler, Irish Abney Danehay, Drew Meyer, Channing Proctor and Britt Reames. Their biographies are available at http://www.ballotbin.com/voterReg.php?b=40063.