In the cold of the winter of 1955, the Chicago Cubs announced that they had holes to fill in their batting order and knew which holes to fill. Meanwhile the 1955 World Champion Brooklyn Dodgers, who had the best earned run average in the NL, 3.68, and the highest batting average in all of baseball, .271, said, "we were looking to add a quality young pitcher like Don Elston."
So, here's the deal
On December 09, 1955, the Chicago Cubs traded second-year major league pitcher Don Elston and hard-hitting third baseman Handsome Ramson Jackson to the Brooklyn Dodgers for 27-year-old thid baseman Don Hoak, outfielder Walt Moryn and standout pitcher Russ Meyer
Next season's outcome
The Brooklyn Dodgers won their second straight pennant, but this year lost to the so-called Damn Yankees in the 1956 World Series. It was the teams 7th confrontation in the last 16 seasons. The Cubs, meanwhile, fell to last place with a 60-94 record, 33 games behind the Dodgers in the then 8-team NL.
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|Russ Meyer |
|Birthdate: ||10/25/1923 |
|Died: ||11/16/1998 |
|Height / Weight: ||6' 1" / 185 lbs. |
|Place of Birth: ||Peru, IL, USA |
|Bats / Throws: ||B / R |
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|Randy Jackson |
|Birthdate: ||2/10/1926 |
|Height / Weight: ||' " / 180 lbs. |
|Place of Birth: ||Little Rock, AR, USA |
|Bats / Throws: ||R / R |
Baseball Historian Biography
Nicknamed by the Chicago media as Handsome Ramson Jackson, the girls and women quickly went to Wrigley Field in Chicago to see their favorite 'hunk' play third base.
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|Walt Moryn |
|Birthdate: ||4/12/1926 |
|Died: ||7/21/1996 |
|Height / Weight: ||6' 2" / 205 lbs. |
|Place of Birth: ||St. Paul, MN, USA |
|Bats / Throws: ||L / R |
|Ernie Banks Hits Grand Slam, Randy Jackson 3-run Homer, Cubs Over Braves 9-6 |
|May 30, 1955, Wrigley Field, Chicago, News Story - Ernie Banks hit a 3rd inning grand slam home run and "Handsome Ramson" Jackson crashed a three-run shot in the bottom of the 6th as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Braves 9-6. As a result, the Cubs have won nine of their last 11 games and have captured 15 of their last 19 home games to stay in second place, six games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Cubs are now 25-17. Hal Jeffcoat's 14th relief appearance resulted in his sixth victory with no losses of this still young season. |
Bob Rush started for the Cubs but allowed 8 hits and five runs and was replaced by Jeffcoat in the 5th inning. The Braves knocked Rush from the mound when George Crowe hit a two-run homer, Bobby Thompson a triple, followed by doubles by Billy Bruton and Chuck Tanner. The Braves starting pitcher, Lew Burdette, gave up Ernie Banks' grand slam and lasted only 4 innings while allowing six runs. It was Banks' tenth homer of the season and his second grand slam of the season. Time of Game: 2:43
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