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Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 11, 2010
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From the Back Cover
Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson earned the nickname "Mr. October" for the crucial clutch hitting that led his teams to the World Series six times and won him two series MVP awards, and this skill at the plate is perhaps what he is best remembered for. But behind the bat was a man many don't know—a man 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 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.
A cantankerous man full of swagger with a fearsome talent to match, Jackson was an outspoken iconoclast as a player—a gift that made him friends and enemies of some of the most colorful characters in the game. As large a presence on the field as he was outside the ballpark, Jackson backed up his talk by establishing himself as one of the best sluggers the sport has ever seen.
Yet Jackson's story is about more than sports prowess. His life reflects a time, between Jackie Robinson and Ken Griffey, Jr., when black ballplayers were accepted but still considered inferior to their white teammates. There were unspoken rules to keep the racial waters still; Jackson not only ignored such conventions, he demolished them—paving the way for true equality for all black players.
From his childhood in a predominantly white neighborhood to heroics at the plate, from relationships with legendary players such as "Catfish" Hunter and Thurman Munson to battles with some of the sport's most powerful figures, including notoriously cheap Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley and the irascible George Steinbrenner, Reggie Jackson tells the full story of the man who was one of the first black baseball superstars—and one of the greatest players of all time.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
Jackson's Father Martinez, "whose mother was a light-skinned Hispanic, even looked white and passed himself off as such when he needed to." Though African-American... "Reggie learned from his Father that it was normal, even desirable, to assimilate into white society." As the reader treads through Reggie's entire life... you'll see that he only got on a pedestal to proclaim his "blackness" when it would benefit him... otherwise he tried to live outside his race.Read more ›
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 17 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 17 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
before Dion Sanders, Lebron James, Shaq, Kobe, Jordan, Magic, Ray Lewis, Tom brady, Derrick Jeter, Barry Bonds, etc.. etc.. Read morePublished on March 12, 2012 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
I enjoyed reading this biography on Baseball Hall Famer Reggie Jackson. Aside from giving us information on his baseball career, the author gave us an inside look at his personal... Read morePublished on July 20, 2011 by Brooklyn Joe
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