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By Reggie Jackson

A soul-baring, brutally candid, and richly eventful memoir of the 2 years—1977 and 1978—when Reggie Jackson went from outcast to Yankee legend

In the spring of 1977 Reggie Jackson must have been on most sensible of the area. the easiest participant of the Oakland A’s dynasty, which received 3 instantly international sequence, he used to be the 1st big-money unfastened agent, wooed and flattered by way of George Steinbrenner into coming to the recent York Yankees, which hadn’t received an international sequence given that 1962. yet Reggie was once approximately to benefit, as he writes during this bright and miraculous memoir, that until eventually his preliminary adventure at the Yankees “I didn’t understand what by myself meant.”
     His supervisor, the mercurial, alcoholic, and pugilistic Billy Martin, by no means sought after him at the workforce and enable Reggie—and the remainder of the team—know it. so much of his new teammates, green with envy of his agreement, have been aloof at top and adverse at worst. Brash and outspoken, yet unused to the ferocity of latest York’s tabloid tradition, Reggie hadn’t learned how rumor and offhand feedback can become screaming unfavourable headlines—especially for a black athlete with a multimillion-dollar agreement. Sickened through Martin’s anti-Semitism, his rages, and his particularly public disparagement of his new famous person, ostracized by means of his teammates, and despairing of the way he was once stereotyped within the press, Reggie had lengthy talks along with his father approximately quitting. issues hit backside whilst Martin plotted to humiliate him in the course of a nationally televised video game opposed to the crimson Sox. It appeared as though an excellent occupation were derailed.
     yet then: Reggie vowed to persevere; his satisfaction, paintings ethic, and skill might conquer Martin’s approximately sociopathic hatred. progressively, he may win over the lovers, then his teammates, because the Yankees surged to the pennant. And one magical autumn night, he grew to become “Mr. October” in an international sequence functionality for the a long time. He suggestion his travails have been over—until the subsequent season whilst the madness started again.
     Becoming Mr. October is a revelatory self-portrait of a baseball icon on the peak of his public popularity and personal affliction. full of revealing anecdotes in regards to the infamous “Bronx Zoo” Yankees of the past due Seventies and bluntly sincere portrayals of his teammates and opponents, this can be eye-opening baseball historical past as could be advised in basic terms by way of the fellow who lived it.

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We’d go to Montgomery, Alabama; Macon, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee. Every city we went to, McNamara would send somebody in to check the hotel, see if they’d let me stay there. If not, we would drive the bus to another hotel. This was three years after the Civil Rights Act passed, it was supposed to be against the law, but they’d just ignore it. ” Same thing with restaurants. Driving all the way to Charlotte, Knoxville, Macon—those were long trips. But if we stopped at a restaurant and I couldn’t eat inside, he’d have the food brought out to the bus.

I was the right fielder, batting second. ” I was nervous. I said to myself, “Gosh, I don’t know if I’m ready. ” And then I went out and got four hits against the St. Louis Cardinals late in spring training and boom! I was the right fielder. That was it! That first night, there was so much excitement. It was against Baltimore, and Dave McNally beat us. Rick Monday hit a home run. I think Lew Krausse started for us. The next day, we were back down to about five thousand fans, and it rarely got much better than that.

I was still wearing my helmet. But he said, “Take some batting practice,” so I just took off my shoulder pads, set my football helmet down, put on a baseball helmet, and started swinging. After a couple pop-ups and grounders, I started hitting line drives and fly balls over the fence. ” And I said, “I would love to”—and thought of course of my $5 payday. It also meant I got to miss Frank Kush’s spring football practice, which was a big plus! I played on the freshman team, and everything went fine.

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