Today should be a holiday, because it’s Reggie Jackson’s 70th birthday!
When you get a candy bar named after you, you know that you’re a good ballplayer.
Reggie Jackson, 14-time All-Star, 5-time World Series Champ, 4-time AL Home Run leader, 2-time World Series MVP and Silver Slugger, nicknamed “Mr. October” for his clutch hitting during the postseason. #14 on the all-time home run list with 563 dingers. He hit for power, and nothing else, apparent through his batting average (.262) and topping the all-time strikeout list for batters.
He cemented his nickname by hitting three home runs in Game Six of the 1977 World Series.
This guy can hit.
Here’s another video for you. In the 1971 All-Star Game at good ol’ Tiger Stadium, Jackson hit the longest home run in All-Star Game history.
If I haven’t convinced you that Reggie is one of the greatest hitters of all time, then I’m not sure anything would convince you. Even if he came out at 70 years old and hit a home run like he was 25 again.
There really isn’t a whole lot I can say about Reggie, as he’s before my time. So, to close out, I’ll end with a few of my favorite Reggie quotes (provided by BrainyQuote):
“A baseball swing is a very finely tuned instrument. It is repetition, and more repetition, then a little more after that”.
“October, that’s when they pay off for playing ball”.
“I don’t mind getting beaten, but I hate to lose”.
“You know, this game’s not very much fun when you’re only hitting .247”.
“When you take a pitch and line it somewhere, it’s like you’ve thought of something and put it there with beautiful clarity”.