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Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October Paperback – June 21, 2011
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While this is a fairly pedestrian biography of Hall-of-Fame slugger Reggie Jackson, it appears to be the first published for adult readers since Jackson retired after the 1987 season. Perry, a columnist for FoxSports.com, touches all the bases, including Jackson's tough but not racially or economically oppressive Pennsylvania childhood, his baseball career at Arizona State University, and his great if tumultuous years with the Oakland A's and the New York Yankees—along with his bitter feuds with those teams' owners, Charles O. Finley and George Steinbrenner, respectively. Perry teases out the combustible, contradictory, provocative aspects of Jackson's personality—not to mention his talent for demolishing a baseball—that still make him such an irresistible personality to this day. A solid companion to last year's well-received Sixty Feet, Six Inches, a book-length conversation between Jackson and Hall-of-Fame pitcher Bob Gibson. --Alan Moores --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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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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.
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.
Perry's uses an awesome selection of words to entertain and apparently Reggie presented no lack of source code. I enjoyed the way the words in the story fit exactly as they should, not to say that there aren't surprises and loops where I couldn't help but laugh at the audacity of Reggie the `superstar' or the owners from Charley O to `Big' Stein.
If you wonder how we got to today of over the top athletes in all major sports - this is an excellent start. Get a great view of how poorly the baseball owners actually treated the players - even the stars of the team. Players couldn't help but demand more monies as their individual popularity grew. Excellent read for the baseball fan base. Check it out
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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
Baseball lives and dies with stats.
Why did the author leave out Jackson's career stats?