Jackson Riggs "Old Hoss" Stephenson
Class of 1971
Birthplace: Akron, AL
Jackson Riggs Stephenson was born January 5, 1898, in Akron, Alabama. Riggs played football and baseball at the University of Alabama from 1919 through 1921. Dr. George Denny, President of the University of Alabama, said, "He is the embodiment of cleanliness, manliness, and courage." He played professional baseball for Cleveland (1921-1924), Kansas City (1924), and the Chicago Cubs (1925-1934). Riggs played in two World Series. He finished his career with Indianapolis (1935), and Birmingham (1936 and 1937). He managed Helena (1938) and Montgomery (1939). After baseball, "Old Hoss" made his home in Tuscaloosa. Stephenson passed away in 1985.
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