Author (Jeff Jackson) former professional baseball player pulls back the
curtain, on the days of his professional baseball career.
He reveals his truth about his career, as well as his experience with the
Philadelphia Phillies, and shares what really happened, in his own words.
Jackson divulges his most interpersonal thoughts and feelings about his
life and baseball career, for the first time in his debut book titled, “THE
GIFT AND THE CURSE”…
Reader’s interested in sports or have an affinity, and appreciation of
athletes, preferentially for baseball in general, will swoon over THE GIFT
AND THE CURSE and Jackson’s willingness to open up and share his
truth, In hopes that others can learn from the mistakes he made as a
young professional athlete, dealing with the struggle of balancing
popularity, pressure, and the depression that he experienced during his
playing days, with the Phils. This book is packed with never seen before
pictures and news articles from the little leagues, high school, and the
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Jeffrey Jackson (born in Chicago, Illinois) a former professional baseball player who won the Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year Award in 1989. Also played in minor league baseball for nine seasons.
Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1989 Major League Baseball Draft out of Simeon Career Academy at the age of seventeen.
I began my professional career that season, hitting .227 in 48 games for the Martinsville Phillies. In 1990, I hit .198 in 63 games with the Batavia Clippers, and in 1991 I hit .225 in 121 games with the Spartanburg Phillies.
I split 1992 between the Clearwater Phillies (79 games) and Reading Phillies (36 games), hitting a combined .227 in 115 games. I spent all of 1993 and 1994 with Reading, hitting .238 in 113 games in 1993 and .177 in 47 games in 1994.
I did not play in 1995 due to a bad shoulder. In 1996, I returned to organized baseball, playing for the Will County Cheetahs of the independent Heartland League and for the Daytona Cubs in the Chicago Cubs organization. I hit .300 in 26 games overall. In 1997, I played for the Cheetahs again, hitting .303 with 13 home runs in 64 games.
In 1998, I spent 26 games with the Lynchburg Hillcats in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, as well as 15 games with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the independent Northern League and 26 games with the Massachusetts Mad Dogs of the independent Northeast League.
I hit a combined .227 in 69 games. 1998 was in final season. Overall, I hit .234 in 666 minor league games