Norman (Jelly) Jackson, 67, a retired D.C. sanitation worker and a former shortstop for the old Homestead Grays championship baseball team here, died Wednesday at Georgetown University Hospital after a stroke.
Mr. Jackson played for the Grays during the years that team dominated the old Negro National League. Known as the scourge of the Negro league, the Grays won nine straight championships between 1937, when they moved to Washington, and 1945.
Originally from Homestead, Pa., near Pittsburgh, the Grays played before good crowds of old Griffith Stadium here -- when the Washington Senators were idle or out of town. In a 1943 contest with the old Kansas City Monarchs, the team drew 26,691 fans.
In 1972, two of Mr. Jackson's teammates, catcher Josh Gibson and first baseman Walter (Buck) Leonard, known as the Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig of the Negro leagues, were elected to baseball'S Hall of Fame.
A native Washingtonian, Mr. Jackson attended Armstrong High School. He had worked for the D. C. Department of Sanitary Engineering for about 20 years, retiring in 1974.
Survivors include his mother, Beatrice Price, a sister, Joanne Jackson, a half-sister, Margaret Price, and a half-brother, Charles Price, all of Washington.