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Excellent, detailed book of what happened in 1977 and 78
on November 18, 2013
I really liked this book, I guess, primarily because I am a big Reggie Jackson fan. In 1977 and 78, I followed the Yankees and, although the issues concerned me, they produced and did it an big, exciting way. And, Reggie Jackson was a big part of that.
I especially liked his chapters on the last game of the 1977 World Series and his three home runs in three at bats. That was an exciting chapter to read and brought back good memories. I also liked the chapters on the end of the 1978 season. In my opinion, this is the best written version of that period of time: the "Boston Massacre", the one game playoff with Boston, and the series with Kansas City and Los Angeles.
Unlike other reviews, I think Reggie had very positive statements to say about all of his fellow Yankees. He related some of Thurman Munson's great events better than the recent autobiography on Thurman. And, he was even very congratulatory to Graig Nettles and highlighted his excellent fielding in the 3rd game of the 1978 World Series - that was quite a game! For both of them, Lou Pinella and others, he calls them many times consummate professionals who got the job done.
As mentioned in another review, he sometimes gets on his stoop about racism and to some level, I think that he is right. I recall being at a meeting with my boss from a Fortune 500 company at that time and the next morning after Reggie hit the three home runs, he met me for coffee prior to the meeting and starting our discussion by saying: "Did you see what the big N_g did yesterday?" I was shocked by that statement and our relationship was never the same after that. (And, this was from a Director of a Fortune 500 company!)
Extending these complaints to today's situation may or may not be fair. I don't think, for example, that it is fair to call people who disagree with President Obama's policies racist (as Reggie hints in this book). We just disagree. And, as Marco Rubio said: "we don't think that President Obama is a bad man, we just think that he is a bad President." We are allowed that belief just like some individuals believed that President Bush was a bad President. Only history will tell.
Personally, three out of my seven favorite baseball players of all time are black: Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson and Ernie Banks. (The other four are Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson and Graig Nettles - Yes, I am a Yankee Fan!) And, I suppose that you have to be a Yankee fan to really love this book like I do. Based upon my love for the Yankees and Reggie Jackson, warts, outspokeness and all, I'll give him a pass on getting on his stoop. He got it done and was an excellent baseball player in 1977/78.
If you are a Yankee fan also, I highly recommend that you give this book a try. You will probably react to it the same way that I did.
I hope someday to see Reggie in person and thank him for his excellent play and for writing this book detailing what happened in 1977 and 78 from his perspective.