1/3 Some Jackson trivia
New Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson will wear No. 36. The number apparently has special meaning to the right-hander. Don Newcombe, the first African-American pitcher for the Dodgers, also wore No. 36. According to former Dodgers GM Dan Evans, Jackson selected the number when he played in L.A. Newcombe became a mentor for Jackson at an early stage in his career. Jackson was drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round in 2001, and broke into the Majors at the age of 19 in 2003. He appeared in 19 games over three seasons with the Dodgers, and was 6-4 with a 5.50 ERA. Newcombe spent eight seasons with the Dodgers (1949-51 and 1954-58), and won 27 games in 1956.
More Jackson trivia: He won his Major League debut, Sept. 9, 2003, while pitching for the Dodgers against the D-Backs and Randy Johnson, a 4-1 decision in Arizona. That also was Jackson’s 20th birthday.
– Carrie Muskat