Celebrating "Mr October" Reggie Jackson Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 30 September 2006

Nicknamed "Mr. October" for his post-season heroics, Reginald Martinez "Reggie" Jackson always seemed to save his best play for autumn. Reggie had plenty of opportunity to shine in the postseason, as a member of 11 division champions, six pennant winners and five world champions (playing for the A's and Yankees). In 27 Fall Classic games, he hit .357 (95 points better than his regular season average) with 24 RBIs and managed to get a clutch hit virtually every time his team needed one.

Fueled by a nationwide TV audience, the legend of “Mr. October” reached its pinnacle during the 1997 World Series, when he became the only player to hit five home runs during a single World Series. On October 18, 1977, Jackson hit three homers on three consecutive swings off three different Los Angeles pitchers in the sixth and deciding game of the World Series. Only one other player (Babe Ruth) has ever hit three balls into the stands during a single World Series game.

In 1978, Jackson picked up where he left off in 1977, homering in the first game to give him six round-trippers in four consecutive Series games (another record) and in the sixth game to give him seven in back-to-back Series (still another record).

The only non-pitcher to win World Series MVP honors twice (in 1973 with the Oakland A's and in 1977 with the New York Yankees), Reggie ranks in the top 10 all-time in almost every significant offensive category, including first in slugging percentage at .755.

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