Franklin Pierce "Frank" Jackson was the doorman at 344 Clinton Street in Metropolis.

Early in his life, Franklin Jackson was a star baseball player in the Negro League, retiring with a batting average of .359 sometime before 1947. As he had his career well before Jackie Robinson broke through the color barrier, his feats went unnoticed and he faded out of existence.

In his old age, he landed a job as doorman at the apartment complex at 344 Clinton Street, where he was known as an extremely affable fellow who personally greeted each resident of the apartment complex by name. And they knew him - on a first name basis. One of the residents, WGBS reporter Clark Kent, never even knew his last name. While he didn't talk about his past out of embarrassment, he was still active in little league baseball, coaching the Daily Planet's Planeteers.

History caught up, though, and he was about to be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sadly, no one knew where he was. Kent figured it out by accident, noting the coach's strange behavior before the championship match. Jackson had come up with a slew of excuses to bow out of the final match to avoid the publicity and chance at being recognized. Kent, also the Planeteers' assistant manager, made the connection after seeing Jackson in the stands. With his x-ray vision, he spotted Frank's full name on the ticket. He drew Frank out of the crowd, and Jackson's coaching won them the league championship. As Lombard was about to interview the winning coach, Kent exposed him as the Hall of Fame inductee. Rather than derided as he feared, Frank was celebrated by his team and the crowd.

He gladly attended the induction ceremony, but declined offers to enter a professional career. He preferred staying a doorman.[1]

  • Frank worked at 344 Clinton Street, but did not live in the building; his home address was 36 Hawthorne Avenue.[1]



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