Reggie Jackson The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October (Paperback)
|Author: Dayn Perry|
An outspoken iconoclast whose disregard for convention made him as many enemies as friends among the colorful characters of the game, Reggie Jackson was a cantankerous upstart full of swagger with a fearsome talent to match. The Baseball Hall of Famer earned the name "Mr. October" for the crucial clutch hitting that led his teams to the World Series six times and won him two series MVP awards. But most people don''t really know the man behind the bat--a great athlete struggling to find his place in the world, at home, and in the sport that made him a star.
Now, in the first biography of Reggie Jackson in more than twenty-five years--and the first to cover his entire career as a player--FOXSports.com columnist Dayn Perry provides an intimate, honest, and never-before-seen glimpse into the life and times of one of baseball''s all-time greats.
Sportswriter and statistics guru Dayn Perry sets the record straight on one of the most misunderstood superstars in baseball history, the outspoken slugger Reggie Jackson. Beginning with a detailed depiction of Jackson's childhood as the only son of a single father, Perry follows Jackson through his stellar stint at Arizona State University and his ascension to stardom with the Oakland Athletics in the early 1970s, where he helped lead the team to three consecutive World Series titles. Despite his success in Oakland, most fans still think of Reggie as a Yankee, and Perry dedicates ample space to documenting Reggie's triumphant and tumultuous tenor with the Bronx Bombers, where he somehow managed to consistently draw the ire of the fans, the press, his managers, his teammates, and his owner, despite winning another two championships and achieving baseball immortality by crushing home runs on three consecutive swings during Game 6 of the 1977 World Series. Perry provides a definitive account of the remarkable playing career of "Mr. October," but also a thoughtful analysis of Mr. Jackson, the man who felt compelled to always speak his mind, particularly when no one wanted to hear the truth.