reggie jackson

Reggie Jackson is best known for his time as a Major League Baseball player for the New York Yankees in the 1970s. Jackson, an athlete who excelled in both football and baseball, came to Arizona State University from Wyncote, Penn., on a football scholarship that he received after the legendary ASU football coach Frank Kush met him on a recruiting trip. Jackson joined the football squad and played a year for the Sun Devils under Kush, before approaching renowned ASU baseball coach Bobby Winkles, about joining the ASU baseball team. After impressing Winkles with his ability, Jackson was permitted to join the team and permanently quit football to focus on baseball. He had an outstanding college career at ASU and was drafted in 1966 by the Kansas City Athletics. Jackson debuted with the Athletics after their move to Oakland, and played for the Orioles before joining the Yankees. He earned his nickname “Mr. October” when he hit three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, the most home runs ever by one player in a World Series game. Jackson worked as a baseball commentator after retiring from professional baseball in 1987 and has acted in a number of television shows and movies. He was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.