Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Jackie Jensen

Jackie Jensen


  • Position: Fullback
  • School: California
  • High School: Oakland, CA (Oakland HS)
  • Years: 1946-1948
  • Inducted: 1984
  • Place of Birth: San Francisco, CA
  • Date of Birth: Mar 09, 1927
  • Place of Death: Charlottesville, VA
  • Date of Death: Jul 14, 1982
  • Jersey Number: 36
  • Height: 5-11
  • Weight: 195

Member Biography

Jack Jensen, California's "Golden Boy," had a long list of big plays. In 1946 - 56-yard punt return against Wisconsin, 56- yard run against Washington State; 47-yard touchdown pass thrown against Oregon; touchdown pass receptions of 56 yards against Washington, 29 against UCLA. In 1947 - 64 yard run against Navy; throwing a pass which resulted in an 80-yard gain against Stanford. In 1948 - runs of 62 and 61 yards against Santa Clara, 67 against Northwestern; a 67-yard punt against Stanford. He also intercepted seven passes in 1947. Jensen pitched and played outfield for the baseball team. In 1947 Cal won the first NCAA baseball tournament. Jensen out-pitched Bobby Layne of Texas in the regional final and helped Cal win the championship game over Yale, whose lineup included George Bush. After his junior year at Cal, he signed for pro baseball. He played 11 years in the majors and was Most Valuable Player in the American League with the Boston Red Sox in 1958. Jensen had a career rushing average of 6.0 yards, with Cal. He was born March 9, 1927, and died July 14, 1982.