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Position: SS      Born: Jul 9, 1944      Bats: Left      Throws: Right

Roland Thomas Jackson was a slender native of Washington, DC who burst onto the big league scene in 1966 but could never recapture the magic of his debut season. The young shortstop made his debut in the All-Rookie Game in 1963 as an 18-year-old and had small cups of coffee with the parent club the next two seasons.

In 1966, he won the starting shortstop job and hit .292 with 174 hits and 49 steals, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting behind future Astro Tommy Helms of Cincinnati. Jackson set several franchise records that held up for a number of years for the expansion club.

The next year, he slumped to .237 and was traded after the season to Atlanta for Denny Lemaster and Denis Menke. Jackson lasted seven seasons with the Braves but played mostly as a backup.

For his career, Jackson hit .251 with seven homers and 126 steals over 12 seasons. Jackson stayed in baseball and was a base coach in the majors for several years, with the Braves and the Giants.