Mr. October’s Number Retired By Two Teams Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Wednesday, 30 September 2009

New York Yankees (#44) and Oakland A’s (#9)  
     
While most MLB players (even 500HRC members) are honored to have their number retired by their home team, Reggie Jackson enjoyed two ceremonies that were 11 years…and more than 3,000 miles apart.

After having The New York Yankees retire his #44 in 1993, the same year he was elected to the Hall of Fame, Jackson wasn’t sure if another team would ever follow suit. During an emotional ceremony on May 23, 2004, however, Jackson became only the third player in Oakland A’s history to have his number (#9) retired by his first team –joining Catfish Hunter’s (#27) and Rollie Fingers’ (#34).    

Ex-Oakland slugger Reggie Jackson hugs former teammate Dave Stewart during the retirement ceremony for his #9 jersey. The A's honored “Mr. October” eleven years after the NY Yankees did the same with his uniform #44 in 1993.
"Oakland will always have a place in my heart,” said Jackson, who watched from behind a podium at home plate as his brother, Joe, and daughter, Kimberly, unveiled an image of his jersey on the right-field fence. 

He became one of eight players to have his number retired by two or more teams, including Fingers, also honored by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Jackson, who was drafted by the (Kansas City) Athletics with the second overall pick of the first round of the 1966 amateur draft, before the team relocated to Anaheim during his rookie year, played for the A’s from 1967-75, helping them win three straight World Series titles from ’72-74. He hit 268 of his 563 career homers with Oakland.

“My heart tugs every time I am here,” said Jackson, now a special adviser with the Yankees. “I wish I had the job here that I have in New York, but it was never offered. I need the game of baseball and I’m not ashamed to say that.”

Jackson was joined by former teammates Billy North, Bert Campaneris, Dick Green, Ray Fosse, Vida Blue, Joe Rudi, Blue Moon Odom, Claudell Washington, Dave Stewart, Mike Norris and former manager Dick Williams.

In conjunction with the ceremonies, Jackson’s Mr. October Foundation announced a $175,000 donation to the Oakland school system.




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