Book Chronicles The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October
On the September 17, 1984, Reggie Jackson celebrated the seventeenth anniversary of his first
Major League round-tripper, by connected off of Kansas City Royals pitcher Bud Black for his
500th career home run. When asked about hitting so many home runs, Jackson was
quoted as saying “God do I love to hit that little round sum-bitch out of the
park and make 'em say WOW!"
Jackson, who hit a total of 563 round-trippers, never
failed to amaze his fans, frustrate his competition, and entertain anyone who
would listen. Nicknamed “Mr. October” for his unmatched exploits while leading
the Oakland A’s to three consecutive World Series titles and the Yankees to two
more with his booming bat and blistering comments.
The man who
famously said “hitting a home run was better than sex” is the subject of the
first biography to be written about him in more than twenty-five years—and the
first to cover his entire career as a player.
Penned by FOXSports.com columnist Dayn Perry the book,
entitled REGGIE JACKSON: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr.
October, provides an intimate, honest, and never-before-seen glimpse into the
life and times of one of baseball's all-time greats.
Among the quotes that earned Reggie a reputation that he proudly manicured as one of the most cocky and confident players of his decade were:
"After Jackie Robinson the most important black in baseball history is Reggie Jackson," he told LIFE Magazine in 1988. "I really mean that."
Upon packing his powerful bat and moving from Anaheim to NYC he stated: "I didn't come to New York to be a star, I brought my star with me." In a moment of honest humility is he overheard by teammates saying: "Please God, let me hit one. I'll tell everybody you did it."
For more great quotes from "The Mouth That Roared", pick up REGGIE JACKSON: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball's Mr. October available at online and retail booksellers and at http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Reggie-Jackson-Dayn-Perry/Dayn Perry/?isbn=9780061562389"