• Wednesday, February 13th, 2019


Bill Jackson played with the premier teams in Greater Cincinnati during the 1970’s and 80’s, including Greater Cincinnati Sports, Bushelman Construction, M. W. Tribble and VIP. Jackson helped lead Greater Cincinnati Sports to a 3rdplace finish in the USSSA Major World Series in 1979, but it was with VIP that Jackson would achieve his greatest accomplishments.  In 1985, he pitched VIP to the winners’ bracket finals and an eventual 3rdplace finish in the USSSA A World.  Three years later in 1988, after spending the 1987 season with M. W. Tribble, Jackson would rejoin defending ASA Metro Champion VIP and help lead the team to the second of five consecutive Major Metro titles – the final one coming under the Greg Back Transport banner (1991).  That feat that has never been equaled.  Also that year, VIP was crowned USSSA A State and ASA Midwest Regional champions, and captured three invitational titles.  Then in 1989, after winning the prestigious Springfield Stroh’s National Invitational, VIP became the only Greater Cincinnati Men’s team to ever capture a USSSA Men’s A World Tournament, winning in Cocoa Beach, Fl., where Jackson was named the Most Valuable Player.  The team won six tournaments in all that season, and finished in the top three in ten events.  Jackson and VIP set more precedents in 1990, becoming the first Greater Cincinnati team to ever compete in the ASA Super Major Nationals and USSSA Men’s Major World Series in the same season.  A lifetime .525 hitter with hundreds of home runs to his credit, Jackson was named Greater Cincinnati Player of the Year in 1989, to the Greater Cincinnati All-Decade Team in 1990, and to the Greater Cincinnati All-Century Team in 2000.  He retired in 1993 after an 18-year career.

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