Saturday, June 27, 2009

In Memory of Michael Jackson: Michael Jacksons!

The world is buzzing over the sudden death of the King of Pop, and we here at GSNHOF are saddened as well (favorite songs include Scream and Rock With You, and Captain EO was ridiculous). But the show must go on, and so to honor Michael Jackson while also creating a new post, I thought I'd find all the athletes I could named Michael Jackson and honor them. So here you go, the best Michael Jackson named athletes wikipedia I could find:

NFL:
Michael Jackson (WR): Played with the Browns from 1991 to 1995 and Ravens from 1996 to 1998. Gotta love those guys who stayed with the terrible Browns franchise into their early terrible Ravens years. He almost didn't make this list because he changed his name in 1993 to Dyson. However, the NFL forced him to change his number from 1 to 81 at the start of the 1993 season, and when he changed his number he changed back his name.

Michael Jackson (LB): Played with the Seahawks from 1979 to 1986. The wikipedia article calls him one of Seattle's all time defensive greats, citing his 21 games balls and 14 acting roles as demonstrative of his awesome. Also his birthday is July 15th, the day after mine.

NBA:
Michael Jackson (G): Played with the Sacremento Kings from 1987 to 1990. Averaged, for his career, 2.1 ppg in 10 mpg, which basketballreference claims makes him similar to Dee Brown. Awesome. Also his birthday is July 13th, the day before mine and 2 days before the linebacker MJ.

Soccer/Football:
Michael Jackson (Defense): This MJ has been playing professional soccer since 1992. He currently plays for Shrewsbury, which is both a team in a lesser premier league in England AND the name of the town I grew up in in Massachusetts. At this point, following the 2 birthdays and that this MJ plays for my a team with my hometown name, I'm a little weirded out.

MLB:
Mike Jackson (RP, left handed): Thankfully this MJ was born nowhere near me and never played for the Red Sox, having pitched from 1970 to 1973 for the Cardinals, Phillies, Royals and Indians. That's a lot of movement for a guy with such a short career, but a lifetime 5.80 era will do that to a guy.

Mike Jackson (RP, right handed): Along with the WR, this is the only Michael Jackson I was aware of prior to finding this list. This MJ pitched from 1986 to 2004 with the Phillies, Giants, Astros, Reds, Mariners, Indians, Twins and White Sox in his time in the league. One notable for him is his 1998 season with the Tribe when he had 40 saves and a 1.55 era. A second notable is that he is tied with Paul Assenmacher for most games pitched in the 90's (644).

Rugby:
Michael Jackson (Loose Forward/Lock/Number 13): Last but not least, a rugger. He played from 1991 to 1999 with Wakefield Trinity, Halifax, and the Sheffield Eagles. His notables include having played 5 international games for Great Britain AND playing as a substitute when the Eagles won the 1998 Challenge Cup at Wembley Stadium.

So there you have it. The King of Pop was an interesting guy for better or worse, but certainly made some incredible music. And all of these dudes share his name. So how about that.

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