Jackson Todd

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Jackson A. Todd

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Biographical Information[edit]

Jackson Todd pitched parts of four seasons in the majors.

An Oklahoma native, Todd was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 11th round of the 1970 amateur draft but did not sign. He then played for Team USA in the 1971 Pan American Games and 1972 Amateur World Series and was on the University of Oklahoma team that was in the College World Series in 1972 and 1973. He was taken by the New York Mets in the second round of the 1973 amateur draft and made his pro debut that summer, going 6-5 with a 2.84 ERA in 14 games for the Memphis Blues. The following year, as a member of the Victoria Toros of the Texas League, he threw a no-hitter against the Arkansas Travelers on May 14th.

In the fall of 1974, Todd was diagnosed with cancer and given a 20 percent chance of survival. However, he beat the cancer and even made it back to baseball in 1975, going 3-4 with a 3.17 ERA in 13 games for the Jackson Mets. The following summer, he went 13-9 with a 2.91 ERA in 26 starts for the AAA Tidewater Tides. He reached the majors with the Mets early in the 1977 season and went 3-6 with a 4.77 ERA for the team in 19 games split between the rotation and the bullpen.

Prior to the 1978 season, Todd was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for Ed Cuervo, and he went 3-4 in 16 appearances for the Oklahoma City 89ers that summer. He was released by the Phillies the following spring and signed by the Toronto Blue Jays. Back in the bigs late in the 1979, he made a dozen appearances for Toronto. Over the next two years, he made 33 appearances for the Jays, going 7-9 with a 3.99 ERA. He pitched in the minors through 1985, appearing in the Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago White Sox chains.

In 1989, Todd played for the Orlando Juice and St. Lucie Legends of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.

Todd was the pitching coach for the El Paso Diablos in 1986, Denver Zephyrs in 1987-1990, Gastonia Rangers in 1991, Tulsa Drillers from 1992 to 1995 [1], Memphis Chicks in 1996 and at his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, from 1997 to 1999.

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