Being lucky is not enough. You’ve also got to be good. That’s the view of Kevin Sherrington, a columnist for the Dallas Morning News.
Sherrington wrote about Ransom Jackson just before his 90th birthday February 10, 2016. He found this “hard to believe listening to conversation as sharp as his sense of humor.”
As Ransom told Sherrington, his biggest regret was “that he didn’t steal uniforms and baseballs, which became valuable memorabilia.”
Jackson got his first lucky break in sports in 1944 at Texas Christian University when the first-string kicker got hurt on the first play of the first game against the University of Kansas in Kansas City. Seven times he punted the ball out of bounds inside the 10-yard line. One kick came within a half-foot of the goal line. TCU won 7-0 and Ransom was the most unlikely hero of the game.