Major league pitcher (Chicago White Sox All Star) and 1993 Cy Young Award winner Jack Burns McDowell aka “Black Jack”, played (guitar / bass guitar / singer) in various bands in the alternative rock scene since the early 90’s.
During his 11 year professional baseball career he recorded 5 albums, and managed to plan shows in baseball off-season. McDowell toured with The Smithereens (with support act V.I.E.W) and he’s a ( party ) buddy of Pearl Jam’s singer Eddie Vedder.
Since 1992 “Black Jack” has been the frontman of Stickfigure, a power pop rock ‘n’ roll band, named after his wiry, long and lanky perfect pitcher’s stickman bodyframe ( 6-foot-5-inch, 180-pound ).
Jack’s main influences and favorites are REM, The Smiths, Julian Cope, The Beatles, Pixie Frank Black, Radiohead, Catherine Wheel and The Catholics.