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 best of the realm. the simplest participant of the Oakland A’s dynasty, which gained 3 immediately global sequence, he used to be the 1st big-money loose agent, wooed and flattered through George Steinbrenner into coming to the recent York Yankees, which hadn’t gained a global sequence seeing that 1962. yet Reggie was once approximately to benefit, as he writes during this brilliant and magnificent memoir, that till his preliminary event at the Yankees “I didn’t be aware of what by myself meant.”
His supervisor, the mercurial, alcoholic, and pugilistic Billy Martin, by no means sought after him at the crew and enable 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 learned how rumor and offhand feedback can develop into screaming damaging headlines—especially for a black athlete with a multimillion-dollar agreement. Sickened via Martin’s anti-Semitism, his rages, and his really public disparagement of his new celebrity, ostracized through 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 whilst Martin plotted to humiliate him in the course of a nationally televised online game opposed to the pink Sox. It appeared as though a wonderful occupation have been 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 enthusiasts, then his teammates, because the Yankees surged to the pennant. And one magical autumn night, he grew to become “Mr. October” in a global sequence functionality for the a long time. He proposal 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 top of his public popularity and personal discomfort. full of revealing anecdotes concerning the infamous “Bronx Zoo” Yankees of the past due Seventies and bluntly sincere portrayals of his teammates and rivals, this can be eye-opening baseball background as could be instructed in basic terms via the fellow who lived it.
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Two cities earlier! And every year, we just kept getting better, kept bringing guys up, and adding guys in trades—both stars and great role players. Vida Blue came up and won the Cy Young and the MVP his first full year with us. 82 ERA, 301 strikeouts in 312 innings, 8 shutouts, and 24 complete games. Gene Tenace, the first baseman and catcher. A veteran at first base named Don Mincher, Mike Epstein, a good player, a tough guy and a tough player. Ted Kubiak, Billy North. Paul Lindblad, Darold Knowles, and Bob Locker in the pen.
We’d have fights. And when we got done, we’d play baseball. We played together, we played hard, and we played as a team. We pulled it together when we had to. , and the rest of baseball, as a team. Once you played for Charlie Finley, you could deal with anything. At least I thought so before I came to New York. There was always something going on with Finley; he was always fighting with somebody, always pulling some stunt. Always trying to save money. C. Hammer to be vice president of the club.
But we didn’t really care. You know, that was life with Charlie. If the manager didn’t win the pennant, or do what Charlie wanted, he was fired. Mike Andrews, he made those errors in the World Series in 1973; Charlie put him on the disabled list, claimed he was injured. Stuff like that went on all the time. He traded Dave Duncan in spring training 1973, a deal I didn’t like because Dave and Joe Rudi were close to me in the minors. Dunk was my close friend, and it just broke my heart. I cried; we were close as kids in the minors.