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Reggie Jackson

Reggie JacksonAKA Reginald Martinez Jackson

Born: 18-May-1946
Birthplace: Wyncote, PA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: Black
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Baseball

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Baseball player, candy bar

Reggie Jackson's parents divorced when he was six, and Jackson was raised by his father, who had played for the Negro Leagues' Newark Eagles. At Arizona State University, the younger Jackson played baseball and football. He was drafted by the Kansas City Athletics in 1966, and made his major league debut with the A's the next summer. After the A's moved to Oakland, Jackson bloomed into a home run hitting star through the 1970s and 80s, and also played for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, and California (now Anaheim) Angels. He remains among baseball's all-time home run leaders, but when he was not hitting home runs, Jackson struck out more than anyone else, ever -- 2,597 times in 11,416 plate appearances (a .227 strikeout average). Only once did he bat .300 in a season, in 1980, but Jackson's game almost always improved in the post-season.

In his five World Series, Jackson's batting average ballooned to .357, and he won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award twice. In the final game of the 1977 Series, Jackson hit three home runs off three different pitchers, and each blast came on the first pitch. His clutch playoff performances earned him the nickname, "Mr. October".

Jackson was one of his own biggest fans, occasionally telling reporters about "the magnitude of me", and once declaring himself "the straw that stirs the drink". With the Yankees, Jackson famously feuded with manager Billy Martin and teammates Thurman Munson and Goose Gossage, among others. Jackson also once said he would give anything to be "half the player Willie Mays is". At the height of his fame, a candybar was named for Jackson -- the "Reggie" bar. It was mostly peanuts and caramel, covered in chocolate. The Reggie bar was discontinued after Reggie retired, but was re-introduced in 1993, when Jackson was inducted into the Hall of Fame. In retirement, Jackson has done some acting, runs the Mr. October Foundation for Kids, and is co-owner of a NASCAR racing team. His jerseys have been retired by the New York Yankees (#44) and Oakland Athletics (#9).

Father: Martinez Jackson (Negro Leagues baseball player)
Wife: Juanita Campos (div.)
Girlfriend: Jenilee Harrison (ex)

    High School: Cheltenham Township High School (Wyncote, PA)
    University: Arizona State University

    American League MVP 1973
    World Series MVP 1973
    World Series MVP 1977
    Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1993
    Baseball Hall of Fame 1993

    Oakland Athletics (1987)
    California Angels (1982-86)
    New York Yankees (1977-81)
    Baltimore Orioles (1976)
    Oakland Athletics (1968-75)

    The Benchwarmers (7-Apr-2006) · Himself
    Summer of Sam (20-May-1999) · Himself
    BASEketball (28-Jul-1998) · Himself
    Bad Day on the Block (1997) · Himself
    Richie Rich (21-Dec-1994)
    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (2-Dec-1988) · Angel Right Fielder

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