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Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October Hardcover – May 11, 2010

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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

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061562386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061562389
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,476,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excellent book that really dives into Reggie Jackson the man and not Reggie Jackson the hot dog. I thought it brought out much I didn't know about Reggie's time in the South during the civil rights bombings, the role Reggie played in establishing free agency and his unbalanced relationship with Charlie Finley (everyone explores Reggie's relationship with Steinbrenner.)

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.
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For a guy who only hit .300 once in his career (1980; right on the nose), and only drove in more than 100 runs six times over the course of twenty-plus big league seasons, Reggie Jackson certainly created quite a "stir" on and off the baseball field. What else would you expect from the self-proclaimed "straw that stirs the (Yankees) drink"?

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.
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I grew up with sport fanatics as my best friends and somehow avoided becoming one myself. Nevertheless, my regular brushes with their fanaticism left me respectful of their religion and marginally aware of their gods. Reggie was one of the biggest. I bought this book having almost no exposure to baseball, so this review is simply on my enjoyment reading the book as a biography that humanizes celebrity.

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.
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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 life and other interests. I found it particularly interesting the Reggie has the desire to own a baseball club. I hope one day that goal comes to fruition as I feel he would be a great baseball owner.

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.
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before Dion Sanders, Lebron James, Shaq, Kobe, Jordan, Magic, Ray Lewis, Tom brady, Derrick Jeter, Barry Bonds, etc.. etc.. there was Reggie Jackson and this Brother truly had Swag for days. i loved his game back in the day. so much so i even ate that nasty tasting Exlax candy bar he use to have when i was a kid. oh Man, Reggie was the truth. he was going for it all when he came to bat. he truly backed up the hype and thensome. he Had a Muhammad Ali Attitude about how badd he was and yet He had that OJ Simpson Cross over Appeal and somehow he mixed those two up and was Either Loved or Loathed depending on whom you talk to and yet he was very much respected.

He truly did things his way. One of the Greatest Baseball Players ever and a compelling Cat.
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