TLBR CoachUpdatedSaturday November 5, 2016 byJim Henry.
There may not be a more respected name in Tallahassee baseball than Richard Jackson.
Jackson was a long-time volunteer pitching coach in the Tallahassee-Leon Babe Ruth League and at Florida High.
During his tenure, the 13U Tallahassee-Leon Babe Ruth All-Star team won the 1999 World Series that was held in Tallahassee for the first time.
At Florida High, Jackson helped the Seminoles capture the 1986 state title.
That team featured Jackson’s son, Hardy, a hard-throwing pitcher, and third baseman Dean Palmer.
Over the years, Jackson also coached numerous players who reached professional baseball and played in the major leagues, including fellow Tallahassee-Leon Babe Ruth 2016 Hall of Fame inductees Dean Palmer, David Ross and John Wasdin.
Jackson, who passed way at the age of 75 in 2013, is fondly remembered by many people in and outside of baseball.
He was a graduate of Leon High (1955) and Florida State (1960).
Jackson joined the Florida National Guard, where he rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
After completing his military active duty, he returned to Tallahassee to join his family business, Jackson-Cook Welding and Machine Shop
In 1991, Jackson in partnership with Ed Murray, formed TALCOR Commercial Real Estate Service, Inc. where he worked until his retirement in 2006.
Jackson and Murray laid the foundation for what would become one of the most successful commercial real estate companies locally.
Following his retirement, Jackson realized his lifelong dream of owning and operating a ranch in South Texas.
In conjunction with his son Hardy, Campos Viejos "Old Fields" named for Tallahassee, became a reality where hunters, including many from the North Florida area, have enjoyed hunting native, trophy whitetail deer.
Led by Richard, the Jackson family left a lasting impact on Tallahassee and Havana baseball.
Brother Dennett was a respected youth pitching coach, and the duo’s children – Hardy, Jason and Brad – also have been involved in the game. Jason – Richard’s nephew -- is currently the associate head coach/pitching coach at Florida Atlantic University.
In and out of baseball, Richard Jackson always lived the Golden Rule:
“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them.” Matthew 7:12.