94 Facts About Reggie Jackson


Reggie Jackson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Reggie Jackson helped Oakland win five consecutive American League West divisional titles, three straight American League pennants and three consecutive World Series titles from 1972 to 1974.

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Reggie Jackson helped New York win four American League East divisional pennants, three American League pennants and back to back World Series titles, in 1977 and 1978.

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Reggie Jackson helped the California Angels win two AL West divisional titles in 1982 and 1986.

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Reggie Jackson hit three consecutive home runs at Yankee Stadium in the clinching game six of the 1977 World Series.

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Reggie Jackson hit 563 career home runs and was an American League All-Star for 14 seasons.

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Reggie Jackson won two Silver Slugger Awards, the AL Most Valuable Player Award in 1973, two World Series MVP Awards and the Babe Ruth Award in 1977.

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Reggie Jackson currently serves as a special advisor to the Houston Astros.

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Reggie Jackson led his teams to first place ten times over his 21-year baseball career and suffered only two losing seasons.

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Reggie Jackson was born in the Wyncote neighborhood of Cheltenham Township, just north of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Reggie Jackson's father, Martinez Jackson, who was half Puerto Rican, worked as a tailor and was a former second baseman with the Newark Eagles of Negro league baseball.

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Reggie Jackson was the youngest of his mother Clara's four children.

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Reggie Jackson had two half-siblings from his father's first marriage.

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Reggie Jackson's parents divorced when he was four; his mother took four of his siblings with her, while his father took Jackson and one of the siblings from his first marriage, though one sibling later returned to Wyncote.

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Martinez Reggie Jackson was a single father, and theirs was one of the few black families in Wyncote.

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Reggie Jackson graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1964, where he excelled in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field.

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Reggie Jackson was told by the doctors he was never to play football again, but Jackson returned for the final game of the season.

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Football, Reggie Jackson was recruited by Alabama, Georgia, and Oklahoma, all of whom were willing to break the color barrier just for Reggie Jackson.

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For baseball, Reggie Jackson was scouted by Hans Lobert of the San Francisco Giants who was desperate to sign him.

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Reggie Jackson's father wanted his son to go to college, where Jackson wanted to play both football and baseball.

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Reggie Jackson accepted a football scholarship from Arizona State University in Tempe; his high school football coach knew ASU's head football coach Frank Kush, and they discussed the possibility of his playing both sports.

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Winkles said he would give Reggie Jackson a look, and the next day while still in his football gear, he hit a home run on the second pitch he saw; in five at-bats he hit three home runs.

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Reggie Jackson was allowed to practice with the team, but could not join the squad because the NCAA had a rule forbidding the use of freshman players.

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Reggie Jackson switched permanently to baseball following his freshman year, as he did not want to become a defensive back.

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Reggie Jackson broke numerous team records for the squad, and the Orioles offered him a $50,000 signing bonus if he joined the team.

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Reggie Jackson declined the offer stating that he did not want to forfeit his college scholarship.

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Reggie Jackson broke the team record for most home runs in a single season, led the team in numerous other categories and was first team All-American.

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Reggie Jackson was the first college player to hit a home run out of Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

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Reggie Jackson was the second overall pick, behind 17-year-old catcher Steve Chilcott, who was taken by the New York Mets.

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Reggie Jackson played for two Class A teams in 1966, with the Broncs for just 12 games, and then 56 games with Modesto in the California League, where he hit 21 homers.

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Reggie Jackson began 1967 with the Birmingham A's in the Double-A Southern League in Birmingham, Alabama, being one of only a few blacks on the team.

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Reggie Jackson debuted in the major leagues with the A's in 1967 in a Friday doubleheader in Kansas City on June 9, a shutout sweep of the Cleveland Indians by scores of and at Municipal Stadium.

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Reggie Jackson hit 47 home runs in 1969, and was briefly ahead of the pace that Roger Maris set when he broke the single-season record for home runs with 61 in 1961, and that of Babe Ruth when he set the previous record of 60 in 1927.

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Reggie Jackson hit a memorable home run in the 1971 All-Star Game at Tiger Stadium in Detroit.

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The A's won the division again in 1972; their series with the Tigers went the full five games, and Reggie Jackson scored the tying run in the clincher on a steal of home.

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Reggie Jackson helped the Athletics win the pennant again in 1973, and was named Most Valuable Player of the American League for the season.

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Besides hitting 254 home runs in nine years with the Athletics, Reggie Jackson was no stranger to controversy or conflict in Oakland.

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In February 1974, Reggie Jackson won an arbitration case for a $135,000 salary for the season, nearly doubling his previous year's $70,000.

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Reggie Jackson injured his shoulder, and catcher Ray Fosse, attempting to separate the combatants, suffered a crushed disk in his neck, costing him three months on the disabled list.

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Reggie Jackson had not signed a contract and threatened to sit out the season; he reported to the Orioles four weeks later, and made his first plate appearance on Baltimore and Oakland both finished second in their respective divisions in 1976; the Yankees and Royals advanced to the ALCS, the first without the A's since 1970.

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The number 9 that he had worn in Oakland and Baltimore was already used by Yankees third baseman Graig Nettles; Reggie Jackson asked for number 42 in memory of Jackie Robinson, but that number was given to pitching coach Art Fowler before the start of the season.

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Reggie Jackson wore number 20 for one game during spring training as a tribute to the recently retired Frank Robinson, then he switched to number 44.

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Reggie Jackson's first season with the Yankees in 1977 was a difficult one.

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Reggie Jackson has consistently denied saying anything negative about Munson in the interview and he has said that his quotes were taken out of context.

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Reggie Jackson failed to reach the ball, which fell far in front of him, thereby allowing Rice to reach second base.

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When Reggie Jackson arrived at the dugout, Martin yelled that Reggie Jackson had shown him up.

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Martin made the change and Reggie Jackson's hitting improved, and the team went on a winning streak.

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Reggie Jackson's crowning achievement came with his three-home-run performance in World Series-clinching Game Six, each on the first pitch, off three Dodgers pitchers.

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Reggie Jackson stated afterwards that the scouting reports provided by Gene Michael and Birdie Tebbetts played a large role in his success.

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Since Reggie Jackson had hit a home run off Dodger pitcher Don Sutton in his last at bat in Game Five, his three home runs in Game Six meant that he had hit four home runs on four consecutive swings of the bat against as many Dodgers pitchers.

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Reggie Jackson became the first player to win the World Series MVP award for two teams.

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Reggie Jackson was alarmed enough about this to walk off the field, in order to get a helmet from the Yankee bench to protect himself.

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When that moment came, after pitcher Mike Torrez caught a pop-up for the game's final out, Reggie Jackson started running at top speed off the field, actually body-checking past some of these fans filling the playing field in the manner of a football linebacker.

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Reggie Jackson was in the center of events in the World Series, again against the Dodgers.

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When Reggie Jackson relayed this information to Johnson upon his return to the locker room, a fight started between Johnson and the pitcher.

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Reggie Jackson started slowly with the bat, and when the 1981 Major League Baseball strike began, Steinbrenner invoked a clause in Reggie Jackson's contract forcing him to take a complete physical examination.

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Reggie Jackson hit a long home run into the upper deck in Game Five of the strike-forced 1981 American League Division Series with the Brewers, and the Yankees went on to win the pennant again.

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However, Reggie Jackson injured himself running the bases in Game Two of the 1981 ALCS and missed the first two games of the World Series, both of which the Yankees won.

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Reggie Jackson was medically cleared to play Game Three, but manager Bob Lemon refused to start him or even play him, allegedly acting under orders from Steinbrenner.

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The Yankees lost that game and Reggie Jackson played the remainder of the series, hitting a home run in Game Four.

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Reggie Jackson became a free-agent again once the 1981 season was over.

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Reggie Jackson announced he would retire after the season, at the age of 41.

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Reggie Jackson was the last player in the major leagues to have played for the Kansas City Athletics.

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Reggie Jackson played 21 seasons and reached the postseason in 11 of them, winning six pennants and five World Series.

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Reggie Jackson was the first major leaguer to hit 100 home runs for three different clubs, having hit over 100 for the Athletics, Yankees, and Angels.

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Reggie Jackson is the only player in the 500 home run club that never had consecutive 30 home run seasons in a career.

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Reggie Jackson asked Campos on a date, and discovered many similarities, including the ability to speak Spanish, and being raised in a single parent home.

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Just over a month before signing with the Yankees in the fall of 1976, Reggie Jackson did analysis in the ABC booth with Keith Reggie Jackson and Howard Cosell the night his future team won the American League pennant on a homer by Chris Chambliss.

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Reggie Jackson appeared in Richie Rich, BASEketball, Summer of Sam and The Benchwarmers.

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In 1979, Reggie Jackson was a guest star in an episode of the television sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, and in an episode of The Love Boat as himself.

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Reggie Jackson was considered for the role of Geordi La Forge in the series Star Trek: The Next Generation, a role that ultimately went to LeVar Burton.

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Reggie Jackson co-authored a book in 2010, Sixty-Feet Six-Inches, with fellow Hall of Famer Bob Gibson.

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Reggie Jackson was the de facto spokesperson for the Upper Deck Company during the early 1990s, appearing in numerous advertisements, appearances, and participating in the company's Heroes of Baseball exhibition games.

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Reggie Jackson has endured three fires to personal property, including a June 20,1976 fire at his home in Oakland that destroyed his 1973 MVP award, World Series trophies and All-Star rings.

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In Tampa in 2005, Reggie Jackson's car was struck from behind and flipped over several times.

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Reggie Jackson called on former San Francisco 49ers head coach and ordained minister Mike Singletary for spiritual guidance.

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Reggie Jackson was the victim of an attempted shooting in the early morning hours of June 1,1980.

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Reggie Jackson told police that the gun was the largest that he had ever seen, and Reggie Jackson believed that he was going to be shot.

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When Reggie Jackson grabbed one of the men, the other raised a tire iron over his head.

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Reggie Jackson ignored the teens until one made a "particularly vile remark" about Reggie Jackson's mother.

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Reggie Jackson then chased off the teens, one of whom fell while running.

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The teen claimed that Reggie Jackson's foot made contact with the teen's wrist, which Reggie Jackson denied.

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Reggie Jackson usually appears in uniform at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida and was sought out for advice by recent stars as Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez.

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Reggie Jackson chose to wear a Yankees cap on his Hall of Fame plaque after the Oakland Athletics unceremoniously fired him from a coaching position in 1991.

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Reggie Jackson is one of only ten MLB players to have their numbers retired by more than one team and one of only five to have different numbers retired by two MLB teams.

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In 1999, Reggie Jackson placed 48th on the Sporting News 100 Greatest Baseball Players list.

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Reggie Jackson expanded his love of antique cars into a chain of auto dealerships in California, and used his contacts to become one of the foremost traders of sports memorabilia.

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Reggie Jackson has been the public face of a group attempting to purchase a major league team, already having made unsuccessful attempts to buy the Athletics and the Angels.

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In 2007, ESPN aired a miniseries called The Bronx Is Burning about the 1977 Yankees, with the conflicts and controversies involving Reggie Jackson, portrayed by Daniel Sunjata, a central part of the storyline.

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In 2008, Reggie Jackson threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Yankees' opening-day game, the last at the original Yankee Stadium.

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Reggie Jackson threw out the first pitch at the first game at the new Yankee Stadium.

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On October 9,2009, Reggie Jackson threw the ceremonial opening pitch at Game 2 of the ALDS between the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins.

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On September 5,2018, before an Athletics game against the Yankees in Oakland, Reggie Jackson was inducted into the new Oakland Athletics Hall of Fame.

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Reggie Jackson joined fellow inductees Rickey Henderson, Dave Stewart, Dennis Eckersley, Catfish Hunter and Rollie Fingers.

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