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Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October Paperback – June 21, 2011
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From the Back Cover
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
More a book about a man and a time than about the athlete. Shows how players now feel the freedom to express themselves anyway they want, but it was athletes like Reggie Jackson, Walt Frazier and Dick Allen that paved the way for this to be so. A great read whether or not baseball is your thing. Reggie was the most entertaining American athlete before Jordan and Magic and this book does much so show why he captivated the national eye for more than a decade.
If nothing else, Jackson was one of the most flamboyant performers the game has ever known; he put on quite a show, especially during his volatile stay in the Big Apple, as an integral part of that great Yankees team that won back to back World Series championships (1977 & '78). Who could forget his frequent run-ins with practically everyone in the organization; from Thurman Munson to Billy Martin to George Steinbrenner? It was baseball's version of "Dallas"; better yet, "Dynasty".
It's been quite some time since the last biography of Reginald Martinez Jackson was written (over 25 years), and Dayn Perry laudably captures the essence of Jackson's iconoclastic impact on the game. Jackson stormed through his career, saying whatever was on his mind; never wavering to any sort of politically correct approach to his opinions. At times, he was misunderstood or misquoted. Other times he was unsettling to the baseball establishment.
In the end, he changed the game, for better or worse. His cocksure demeanor brought a certain zest to a sport that was becoming a bit too bland and predictable for many fans; although some of the players that emulate his swashbuckling style today, are guys who couldn't carry his jockstrap when he was in his prime. Indeed, Mr October had an impact on the game far beyond his career numbers; and that impact is still being felt today.
Basically, I could not put the book down. For me, everything was new information but it wasn't that fact that made the book so enjoyable. Yes, I could have likely accumulated some of the book's information from 20 years of miscellaneous articles and news reports, but why? Dayn Perry has done the research and created a book that is more that just a grouping of facts. He actually tells an engaging story about Reggie's life that left me, the reader, emotionally invested in Reggie: hopeful for him to turn his relationships around; sad for his turmoil; disgusted at the bigotry; and prideful of his thunderous homers. For a baseball book to accomplish this for a guy with only passing interest in the sport should signal the quality of the author's work and his connection to his subject.
Reggie had a great career and won wherever he played. His stardom shined the brightest during the bright lights of October Baseball. His charisma and flamboyance brought the world series trophy back to New York where it belongs. In addition, his power and home run numbers made him one of the greatest home run hitters ever.
This book is a very enjoyable and easy read. I recommend it to baseball and sports fans.
He truly did things his way. One of the Greatest Baseball Players ever and a compelling Cat.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall, a well done and well researched book. As a previous reviewer noted, a major flaw is the lack of interviews with former teammates of Jackson. Read morePublished 20 months ago by clemente_in_right
A really good insight on the life of Mr. October.This was one of those baseball books,you just can't put down.If you haven't read this book yet,you need too.Published 21 months ago by SLADE CRAVEN.
I was very unimpressed by this biography.
It seemed clear to me as I was reading the book that Perry interviewed virtually none of Jackson's teammates or opponents for... Read more
REGGIE JACKSON IS A VERY NICE READ. AUTHOR DAYN PERRY DOES A GOOD JOB KEEPING THE READER INTERESTED. Read morePublished on January 21, 2011 by COOL JEWEL
A great baseball book about a curious player.
Baseball lives and dies with stats.
Why did the author leave out Jackson's career stats?
The author's gifts for language and wit are displayed throughout this work about one of the most talented and complicated baseball players of his time. Read morePublished on June 20, 2010 by J. Hilbun
I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and reward of Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October (it only took a week to breeze through.. Read morePublished on May 31, 2010 by J. Penick