Jesse Jefferson

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Jesse Harrison Jefferson (born March 3, 1949 in Midlothian, Virginia) is a former starting and relief pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles (1973–75), Chicago White Sox (1975–76), Toronto Blue Jays (1977–80), Pittsburgh Pirates (1980), and California Angels (1981).

Jefferson had his only winning season in his rookie year with Baltimore, when he went 6-5 with a 4.11 ERA. The right-hander threw hard, but was often wild, setting a Blue Jay franchise record with nine walks given up in a game against Baltimore on June 18, 1977. In Jefferson's major league debut on June 23, 1973, he was pitching a shutout at Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox, up until the 9th inning with 2 outs and nobody on, when Rico Petrocelli hit a home run to tie the score. The Orioles would get Jefferson the win, 2-1, with a run in the top of the 10th.

His best season probably came with the expansion Blue Jay team in 1977, when he went 9-17 with a 4.31 ERA and 8 complete games. Jefferson's appearances on leaderboards were generally for bad things; he was in the top 10 in the league in walks allowed three times, top 10 in losses twice, top 10 in earned runs allowed twice, and 2nd in the league in home runs allowed in 1978, and although he always showed he had the talent, things never fell into place, and he ended his career after a brief stint with the Angels in 1981, where he went 2-4 with 3.62 ERA.

In a memorable game during the 1980 season, Jefferson, although finishing the...
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