In the year 1977, Major league Baseball has officially inaugurated the free agent market. A baseball player named Reggie Jackson came to New York to sign a contract with the ball club called the "Yankees". But, what Jackson does not know that he will soon bring controversy to the club, by saying that he's the "Straw that stirs the drink", causing his fellow teammates especially, Thurman Munson to not like him. Plus, manager Billy Martin and owner George Steinbrenner also have their own private arguments about Jackson and the team. Meanwhile, other things are happening in New York as a killer using a .44 magnum and calling himself as "The Son Of Sam" is lurking around the city, and the infamous blackout. Written by
Everyone Has Something To Prove.
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was highly critical of the way he was portrayed in the film, saying he felt it slandered him and his family. Jackson threatened to sue producers over his portrayal, and has generally reacted angrily when the subject of the movie comes up in interviews. In 2012 Jackson announced he was writing his own book about the 1977 season in response to the movie, though as of early 2013 the book has yet to be written or published. See more
In the opening credits, a subway train is briefly seen. The cars have no graffiti, which was not the case for most NYC subway cars in 1977. Also, 2 of the cars are painted red with a logo depicting an older (R-10) subway car. In 1977, there were no red cars in the NYC system. See more
You'll never silence Martin. I'm hyping my team up.