This Day in Black History: May 18, 1946

Reggie Jackson

This Day in Black History: May 18, 1946

Reggie Jackson, a retired African-American baseball player, was born on May 18, 1946.

Published May 18, 2014

Reggie Jackson, also known as Mr. October, was one of the most successful baseball players during the 1970s. He led both the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees to World Series championships during the decade.

The hall of famer was born in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, on May 18, 1946. 

Jackson was drafted to the minor leagues in 1966, but quickly moved his way into the Kansas City Athletics major league team by 1967. The A's moved to Oakland in 1968, and Jackson was becoming a rising star. He led the team to three consecutive World Series titles from 1972-1974. 

Jackson had a short stint with the Baltimore Orioles in 1976. He was then traded to the New York Yankees and led them to back-to-back championships in 1977-1978. 

During his career, Jackson was a 14-time all-star and had 563 home runs. After retiring in 1987, Jackson became a sports commentator and reporter and is a special adviser to the Yankees. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Written by Natelege Whaley


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