Alvin Neill Jackson, nicknamed “Little Al”, was born December 25, 1935 in Waco, Texas. Jackson was a gutty left-handed pitcher that Reds outfielder Vada Pinson described as “Very competitive, small, big heart – he knew how to pitch. He fought you every kind of way to help beat you.”
Archive for December, 2011
Early Wynn Jr., nicknamed “Gus”, was born January 6, 1920, Hartford, Alabama. He was a burly, hard-nosed competitor, who treated every ballgame as if it were a war. His durability helped him lead the American League in innings three times and also helped him last 23 seasons.
Joseph Oden Rudi was born September 7, 1946 in Modesto, California. It took Rudi several years and hard work to mature as a major-leaguer. His quiet, low-key nature on a team with many flashy characters gave him a reputation as “underrated.” He was an excellent defensive player, a smart hitter, and a good baserunner. His arm was strong and accurate, and he was outstanding in the clutch.