Jim Acker

1986 Topps

Acker spent a decade pitching in the majors, posting a 33-49 record with 30 saves and a 3.97 ERA for the Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners from 1983-1992. Primarily pitching in relief, his season high for wins was just seven, which came in 1985 for the Blue Jays. He also saved 10 games that year while recording a 3.23 ERA, making it his most productive season. He saved 14 games for the Braves in 1987 while pitching in an impressive 114 innings of relief. Acker reached the ALCS three times with Toronto and had a 0.69 ERA in 13 innings, but Toronto lost all three times, so he never made it to the World Series.


Acker was a member of the Blue Jays when Nolan Ryan pitched his seventh no-hitter on May 1, 1991 at Arlington Stadium in Texas. Ryan struck out 16 of Acker’s teammates, while walking two to lead the Rangers to a 3-0 win. Acker did not pitch in the game. Toronto’s Jimmy Key took the loss.

Jim Acker – career stats 

1987 Topps

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3 thoughts on “Jim Acker

  1. Funny story . . . I lived in Dallas and had Jimmy Key on my Rotisserie team and knew he was pitching vs. the Rangers that night. I wanted to see him pitch in person so I went to the game, even though I had no idea who the scheduled Texas starter was. I bought my usual scorecard and scored the game and saved my ticket stubs afterwards. Thank you, Jimmy Key!


  2. Very cool! Coincidentally, in 1981 we were living in East Texas and one Saturday my Dad decided to drive us down to Houston to watch a baseball game. The Astros were hosting the Dodgers and we could only get SRO tix, because it turned out Nolan Ryan was pitching. Well, he went on to no-hit the Dodgers and left my Dad scrambling to fill in the score card at the end of the game.


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