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Reggie Jackson - Legacy

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Jackson retired after his 1987 season with the California Angels. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993, becoming only the 216th inductee, and the only player inducted that year. His achievements run both sides of the spectrum, from success to infamous. He hit ten World Series home runs, has five World Championship rings, and eleven American League Championships with three different teams. But Jackson also holds the major league record for lifetime strike-outs, at 2597. In later years, Jackson would say that, "all those pitches strung together, that's five years. For five years I never touched the ball." But when he did touch it, it often left the park. He belted 563 home runs, placing him sixth among all-time home run leaders at the time of his retirement.

In July of 2002, the Yankees honored Jackson with a plaque at Yankee Stadium. According to the New York Daily News, Jackson told reporters that he was "more nervous" on that day than he was during his first at bat with the Kansas City A's in 1967.

After he retired from baseball, Jackson became a prominent businessman. As recently as 1999, the Los Angeles Times reported that Jackson was interested in purchasing the Oakland Athletics, but it never came to fruition. Had he done so, he would have "become baseball's leading minority investor."

In 2002, Jackson purchased a NASCAR team, becoming a partner with the Herzog Motorsports Busch Series team. The main tasks Jackson oversees, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is as a motivator and team builder.

Career Statistics

Yr Team AVG GP AB R H HR RBI BB SO SB E
BAL: Baltimore Orioles; CAL: California Angels; KCA: Kansas City Athletics; NYY: New York Yankees; OAK: Oakland Athletics.
1967 KCA .178 35 118 13 21 1 6 10 46 1 4
1968 OAK .250 154 553 82 138 29 74 50 171 14 12
1968 OAK .275 152 549 123 151 47 118 114 142 13 11
1970 OAK .237 149 426 57 101 23 66 75 135 26 12
1971 OAK .277 150 567 87 157 32 80 63 161 16 7
1972 OAK .265 135 499 72 132 25 75 59 125 9 9
1973 OAK .293 151 539 99 158 32 117 76 111 22 9
1974 OAK .289 148 506 90 146 29 93 86 105 25 10
1975 OAK .253 157 593 91 150 36 104 67 133 17 12
1976 BAL .277 134 498 84 138 27 91 54 108 28 11
1977 NYY .286 146 525 93 150 32 110 74 129 17 13
1978 NYY .274 139 511 82 140 27 97 58 133 14 3
1979 NYY .297 131 465 78 138 29 89 65 107 9 4
1980 NYY .300 143 514 94 154 41 111 83 122 1 7
1981 NYY .237 94 334 33 79 15 54 46 82 0 3
1982 CAL .275 153 530 92 146 39 101 85 156 4 6
1983 CAL .194 116 397 43 77 14 49 52 140 0 1
1984 CAL .223 143 525 67 117 25 81 55 141 8 0
1985 CAL .252 143 460 64 116 27 85 78 138 1 7
1986 CAL .241 132 419 65 101 18 58 92 115 1 1
1987 OAK .220 115 336 42 74 15 43 33 97 2 0
TOTAL .262 2820 9864 1551 2584 563 1702 1375 2597 228 142

Reggie Jackson thrived on attention and affection. He was an intelligent, outspoken, and often controversial figure who was highly recognizable, whether it be from his candy bar, his hot temper, or his famous left-handed swing. He hit hard, ran fast, and in a career that spanned twenty seasons, became a positive role model for black children. Jackson was an inspiration, demonstrating that that an athlete could be respected and successful without the use of drugs. Though people either loved him or hated him, he brought drama and excitement to the game, especially in the World Series as "Mr. October." His ability to shine in post-season play made him legend.

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