Born: Dec 22, 1964
After spending more than a decade as a set-up man, Mike Jackson blossomed into one of baseball's best closers with the Cleveland Indians in 1997. Jackson saved 15 games that season as the Indians won the American League pennant. He followed that with a 40-save year that also featured a 1.55 ERA, second-best of his 14-year career. His 1999 season included a career-best 24 successive save conversions before blowing his first chance on June 4.
Jackson broke into the majors with the 1986 Philadelphia Phillies. He also pitched in San Francisco and Cincinnati, plus two separate stints in Seattle. He was a busy man; Jackson and Indians teammate Paul Assenmacher tied for the most appearances in the 1990s with 644 games apiece. Jackson returned to Philadelphia after the 1999 season, signing as a free agent.
Jackson posted a 4.70 ERA in 67 appearances for Houston in 2001.