Darren Oliver

Catching up with ... former Orioles pitcher Grant Jackson

Catching up with ... former Orioles pitcher Grant Jackson

He was a fierce competitor with a fastball that might shave a chin to save an Orioles win. For Grant Jackson, the mound was a bully pulpit from which to strut his stuff.

“[Sportscaster] Howard Cosell once asked me, ‘Is it true you would knock down your mother if she batted against you in the World Series?’ ” Jackson said.

Yes, the Orioles reliever replied. “But after the game, I’d pick her up, take her out to dinner and tell her, ‘I’m out there to do my job.’ ”

Do it he did, for 5½ seasons in Baltimore. A scrappy left-hander, Jackson went 24-12 with 39 saves and a 2.81 ERA with the Orioles, while helping them win the American League pennant in 1971 and division...

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