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Ex-Pirates pitcher, World Series champion Grant Jackson dies at 78

Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Former All-Star left-hander Grant Jackson, who was the winning pitcher in Game 7 of the 1979 World Series for the Pittsburgh Pirates, died Tuesday from COVID-19 complications. He was 78.

The Pirates said in a statement that Jackson died at Canonsburg Hospital in Pennsylvania.

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"This pandemic has affected every family throughout our community, and the Pirates family is no different," Pirates president Travis Williams said. "As the winning pitcher for the Pirates in Game 7 of the 1979 World Series, Grant was a World Series champion and All-Star, who remained dedicated to the Pirates and the city of Pittsburgh since his retirement in 1982.

"He was an active board member of our Alumni Association who was always willing to help make an impact in our community. More so than any on-field accomplishment, Grant was a proud family man. Our sincere condolences and support go to his wife Millie [Milagro], his children Debra, Yolanda and Grant Jr., as well as his 10 grandchildren. He will be missed."

Jackson played 18 seasons in the majors, posting an 86-75 record with 79 saves and a 3.46 ERA in 692 games between the Philadelphia Phillies (1965-70), Baltimore Orioles (1971-76), New York Yankees (1976), Pirates (1977-82), Montreal Expos (1981), Kansas City Royals (1982).

Jackson, who was a National League All-Star in 1969 as a member of the Phillies, was 3-0 with a 2.55 ERA in 13 postseason appearances.

Jackson later became a bullpen coach for the Pirates from 1983-85 and served in the same role for the Cincinnati Reds. He also coached in the minors.

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The Pirates said private funeral services will be held Saturday.

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