Becoming Mr. October by Reggie Jackson

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 legendIn the spring of 1977 Reggie Jackson must have been on most sensible of the realm. the simplest participant of the Oakland A's dynasty, which gained 3 instantly international sequence, he was once the 1st big-money unfastened agent, wooed and flattered via George Steinbrenner into coming to the hot York Yankees, which hadn't received a global sequence due to the fact that 1962. yet Reggie was once approximately to profit, as he writes during this bright and impressive memoir, that till his preliminary adventure at the Yankees 'I didn't recognize what on my own meant.''' His supervisor, the mercurial, alcoholic, and pugilistic Billy Martin, by no means sought after him at the crew and allow Reggie'and the remainder of the team'know it. such a lot of his new teammates, envious of his agreement, have been aloof at top and adversarial at worst. Brash and outspoken, yet unused to the ferocity of recent York's tabloid tradition, Reggie hadn't discovered how rumor and offhand feedback can become screaming destructive headlines'especially for a black athlete with a multimillion-dollar agreement. Sickened via Martin's anti-Semitism, his rages, and his particularly public disparagement of his new celebrity, ostracized by way of his teammates, and despairing of the way he used to be stereotyped within the press, Reggie had lengthy talks along with his father approximately quitting. issues hit backside while Martin plotted to humiliate him in the course of a nationally televised online game opposed to the pink Sox. It appeared as though an excellent profession were derailed.'' yet then: Reggie vowed to persevere; his satisfaction, paintings ethic, and ability may conquer Martin's approximately sociopathic hatred. steadily, he could win over the enthusiasts, then his teammates, because the Yankees surged to the pennant. And one magical autumn night, he turned 'Mr. October' in an international sequence functionality for the a long time. He inspiration his travails have been over'until the following season while the madness all started again.'' Becoming Mr. October is a revelatory self-portrait of a baseball icon on the peak of his public repute and personal ache. jam-packed with revealing anecdotes concerning the infamous 'Bronx Zoo' Yankees of the past due Nineteen Seventies and bluntly sincere portrayals of his teammates and opponents, this is often eye-opening baseball background as might be informed in basic terms through the guy who lived it.

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To a man, major leaguers saw what could be accomplished with leadership, courage, and, most importantly, a strong union. True to his convictions, Flood had refused to report to Philadelphia in 1970. So then the Cardinals had traded Flood to the Washington Senators. Again Curt had refused to budge. Weary from the trial and public pressure, he took his family away to Denmark. Then, out of the clear blue, Senators owner Bob Short had offered Curt $110,000 to report to Washington in 1971. Curt was hurting financially and decided, after a year and a half away from the game, to come back.

With his full beard and Afro, Garry was a little scary to people who didn’t know him. He had an aura about him. At a team meeting just before he arrived, The Best of Times 43 Ozark explained that Garry was a quiet man, with a tough personal history related to Vietnam, and that he had a skin condition on his neck that prohibited him from shaving, so our no-beard policy was waived. ) Later, some newspaper guy hung the nickname “Secretary of Defense” on him, and it was a perfect fit. Garry was the greatest center fielder of his era, maybe the greatest ever.

In 1985, I moved to first base to make room for a scrappy prospect named Rick Schu. I loved it. At first, you’re in on almost every play. You can talk trash with the opposing players, umps, and coaches. 277 with 33 homers and 93 RBI. We finished 75–87, our first losing season since my rookie year in 1974. (If the Rick Schu experiment had worked out, playing first might have extended my career. ) Oh, there was one other thing Philly fans remember about 1985: my wig. Late in the season, on the way to another home loss, just about all the fans had gone home, except for four or five hundred idiots ganged up behind the dugout who were really wearing us out, cursing at us through several rain delays.

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