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MR. OCTOBER (AND ANY OTHER MONTHOF THE SEASON…)

REGGIE JACKSON WAS A LOT OF THINGS – BRASH, ENTERTAINING, A MEDIA FAVORITE – BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, HE WAS A SLUGGER OF EPIC PROPORTIONS
Reggie never met a microphone he didn’t like, but that was all part of the persona, and the fans loved it.
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He said so himself. He also stirred the crowds with heroic home runs and occasionally stirred up a hornet’s nest with colorful comments and brash behavior. He left opponents grasping at straws. Pitchers drew straws to see who had to face him (no, not really). If you took a straw poll to determine history’s greatest postseason performers, he would knock it out of the park (yes, really).

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Fifty autumns ago, Reginald Martinez Jackson completed his first full season in the majors as his Athletics completed their first season in Oakland. Forty falls ago, he powered the New York Yankees to their second straight World Series championship and forever cemented his status as “Mr. October.”

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