Edwin Jackson Jr. is a German-born American professional baseball pitcher who previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB). Jackson was an All-Star in 2009, threw a no-hitter on June 25, 2010, was a member of the 2011 World Series champion Cardinals, and most recently took silver with Team USA during the 2020 Olympics. During his career, he’s played for 14 MLB teams. His knowledge and experience are being used in the best way possible, giving back to black communities.
Today, Jackson is a part-time athlete and a full-time husband and father. He is currently the Secretary of The Player’s Alliance; a team focused on building equitable systems to change the trajectory of diversity throughout baseball. The organization’s mission is to create an inclusive culture within baseball and the community, where differences are leveraged to elevate racial equality and provide greater opportunities for the Black community, both in their game and the places they live in, play in and care about most. Their mission is to seek equal opportunity in the game for the black community at every level, from the field to the front office, to combat racial prejudice and ensure a future for our sport that provides a level playing field for all.
With over $41.7 million donated to black communities and supporting initiatives, as secretary, Jackson, along with 150 current and former MLB players, have successfully helped implement the team’s core values. From programs such as youth clinics, celebrating the Negro Leagues Appreciation Day, and launching drives for baseball equipment, The Player’s Alliance is making tremendous strides to help young black baseball players.