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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 May 1946Wyncote, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameReginald Martinez Jackson
Nicknames Mr. October
The Straw That Stirs The Drink
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Reggie Jackson is a baseball Hall of Famer nicknamed "Mr. October" because of his great World Series status. He hit 3 homeruns in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, the most homeruns ever by one player in a World Series game. He currently works for the New York Yankees

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Spouse (1)

Juanita (Jennie) Campos (8 July 1968 - 1973) (divorced)

Trivia (25)

Hit 563 home runs.
Once hit three home runs in a row during game 6 of the 1977 World Series.
Played for Oakland, Baltimore, New York (Yankees), California.
Inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993 after 21 seasons of playing baseball.
Was signed by the Athletics after being passed over by the New York Mets in the amateur draft. According to his 1984 autobiography, "Reggie", the Mets passed him over because of his interracial dating relationship with Juanita Campos, who was Hispanic.
Hit a career-high 47 home runs in 1969; was on a pace to hit 60 going into August, but hit only 7 over the last two months of the season.
Speaks Spanish fluently.
Hit a home run off the base of a light tower in Detroit's Tiger Stadium in the 1971 All Star Game. Hit another home run completely out of Tiger Stadium several years later.
Had a candy bar, the Reggie Bar, named after him while playing with the Yankees. At the Yankees' 1978 home opener, Reggie bars were given away as a promotion. When Reggie hit a home run in his first at bat of the game, fans proceeded to throw throw their Reggie bars onto the field. The game was delayed while the grounds-crew cleaned up the field. The Yankees were threatened with having to forfeit the game.
His 1984 autobiography, "Reggie" (written with Mike Lupica), made the New York Times' best-seller list. Jackson later told an interviewer that "it could have been another Michener."
On October 18, 1977, Jackson hit 3 homers on 3 consecutive swings off 3 different Los Angeles pitchers in the sixth and deciding game of the World Series. He became the first player to hit 5 homers in one World Series while joining Babe Ruth as the only men to hit three in one Series contest.
Only non-pitcher to win World Series most valuable player honors twice (in 1973 with the Oakland A's and in 1977 with the New York Yankees).
Played both football and baseball at Arizona State University.
Struck out 2,597 times in his career, a major-league baseball record.
Yankees teammate Graig Nettles once said, "The best part about being a Yankee? Getting to watch Reggie Jackson play. The worst part about being a Yankee? Having to watch Reggie Jackson play." When the Yankees won the American League pennant in 1981, Jackson and Nettles came to blows during the victory party.
Attended Arizona State University on a college football scholarship for one season and played for legendary coach Frank Kush. Joined the baseball team as a walk-on and impressed scouts so much that he later left ASU to sign a minor-league contract with the Kansas City A's.
Jersey number 44 retired by the Yankees.
8th All Time on MLB Home Run List.
Was the American League MVP in 1973. Finished in top 10 in voting for same award in 1969, 1974-1975, 1977, 1980 and 1982.
Nearly came to blows with Yankee manager Billy Martin in the dugout during a nationally televised game against the Boston Red Sox in 1977. Martin removed Jackson from the game for not hustling after a fly ball.
Tore a hamstring in his leg scoring the winning run in the 1972 American League playoffs, causing him to miss his first career World Series.
Favorite movie is Tombstone (1993).
Made major league debut on 9 June 1967.
Son of a Puerto Rican father and African-American mother.
Was the last active Major Leaguer to have played for the Kansas City Athletics.

Personal Quotes (18)

I'm the straw that stirs the drink.
I represent both the underdog and the overdog in our society.
"You can play football and be the next Jim Brown or play baseball and be the next Reggie Jackson." -- To a young Bo Jackson, who was deciding whether to play pro football or baseball.
"All the fans in those sections are black, under 10 and don't read the papers." -- After being asked why one section of Yankee Stadium didn't boo him.
Lee May's about the same age as me, he's got about the same stats. So how come he's making about one-eighty, two hundred thousand, and I'm the best damn paid player in the game? I'll tell you why: Because I put the meat in the seats!
If I were to play in New York, they'd name a candy bar after me.
Sometimes I underestimate the magnitude of me.
Fans don't boo nobodies.
Every hitter likes fastballs just like everybody likes ice cream. But you don't like it when someone's stuffing it into you by the gallon. That's how you feel when [Nolan] Ryan's throwing balls by you.
For a certain amount of money, you'll eat Alpo.
On playing in Japan: "Guys who play there say it gets awfully lonely - hell, for the money they're talking, I can buy some friends and take them with me."
On New York City: "It's a fickle town, a tough town. They getcha, boy. They don't let you escape with minor scratches and bruises. They put scars on you here."
On hitting slumps: "So many ideas come to you and you want to try them all but you can't. You're like a mosquito in a nudist camp. You don't know where to start."
I didn't come to New York to be a star. I brought my star with me.
The will to win is worthless if you don't get paid for it.
The only reason I don't like playing in the World Series is I can't watch myself play.
After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson, I really mean that.
On former Baltimore Orioles' manager Earl Weaver, who he played for in 1976 - "Earl Weaver smokes too much and drinks too much. He has a voice that sounds like broken glass. He has a ferocious temper, especially with umpires, and doesn't know when to keep his mouth shut. He has never been accused of being a diplomat and has never set out to win any popularity contests with his players. He is also one of the few baseball geniuses I have ever met."

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