On This Date In History: Reggie Becomes # 44 in NY

On November 29, 1976, Reggie Jackson signed a 5 year 2.96 million dollar contract to play with the New York Yankees. 

You know the rest about Reggie's playing time in the Bronx but do you know how he landed on # 44?

Reggie's first choice was # 9  but since that was taken by Graig Nettles that was out.  His second choice was # 42, in honor of Jackie Robinson, but that was
claimed by pitching coach Art Howler. 
 Third choice was # 44
, in honor of recently retired Hank Aaron.  Obviously that one stuck.

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On This Day In History: World Series For The Yankees

                              

On October 18, 1977, the New York Yankees defeated the LA Dodgers in Game Six with a score of 8-4. In Game Six, Reggie Jackson, nicknamed Mr. October, joined Babe Ruth as the only Major Leaguers to hit three home runs in one game. Jackson set three series records including most homers (five), most runs (10) and most total bases (25).

Check out the video below for postgame footage and interviews from the 1977 World Series!

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Today in History- Mr. October Comes to The Hall

Today at Mitchell & Ness we pay tribute to Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on this day nine years ago. Jackson was born in 1946 outside of Philadelphia, where he became a multi-sport star at Cheltenham High School. Recruited for baseball and football. Recruited by colleges for both, Jackson chose to attend Arizona State for baseball primarily. But after showing off his talents to the school's baseball coach and being forced into a position change at football, baseball would become his sole game.

A collegiate All-American, Jackson was drafted 2nd overall in the 1966 Draft by the Kansas City Athletics. Reggie would break through quickly, debuting just a year later in 1967 before the club moved to Oakland. Jackson would become a star in Oakland, especially with his breakout 1969 season that saw Jackson hit a career-high 47 home runs. Jackson would become a perennial All-Star, as the A's began to turn into a dynasty. Oakland won back-to-back-to-back World Series from 1972-74, led by Jackson's bat. 1973 was Jackson's most honored year, as the outfielder won both the American League and World Series MVP. However, the rise of free agency would find Jackson leaving Oakland.

A's Owner Charlie O. Finley, unwilling to pay Jackson's increased wages, traded the player to the Baltimore Orioles for one season. Jackson would play one season in Maryland, trying the consecutive game home run record at six. But after the season, the free agent was rewarded by the Yankees with a five-year contract totaling $2.96 million. Jackson would become a divisive figure in New York, earning the ire of George Steinbrenner, manager Billy Martin and catcher Thurman Munson while putting up his same strong numbers. The disfunctional clubhouse was nonetheless successful, as the Yanks reached the the World Series versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jackson would put on an iconic performance, hitting three home runs in the series-clinching game six, as Jackson took home another World Series MVP.

Jackson and the Yankees would repeat in '78 over the Dodgers, giving Jackson his fifth and last World Series Championship. Jackson would continue to star with the Yankees for another three seasons. But his last at-bats would come as the Dodgers got their revenge, defeating the Yankees in the 1981 World Series. A free agent, Jackson signed a five-year contract to join the California Angels. Jackson would help the Angels win two AL West division titles in 1982 and 1986, but ALCS losses kept Jackson from ever returning to the World Series. At the age of 40 Jackson signed a contract to return to the A's for his last season, wearing his now iconic #44 instead of his original #9. He retired after that 1987 season, posting a legendary 21 season career.

Mitchell & Ness remembers Jackson on the anniversary of his first-ballot Hall of Fame election, where the legend of Oakland, New York, and Anaheim's plaque resides. Mitchell & Ness offers authentics for Jackson on his three iconic franchises, which you can check out here. Here are a couple of our offerings: 

 

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35 Years Ago Today...

Reggie Jackson signed a five year contract with the New York Yankees.

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OF Fantasy Draft

Last, but certainly not least, the Mitchell & Ness fantasy baseball team needs an outfield. Who are your top 3 outfielders in MLB history? Remember your selections must have retired before 2000.

 

Hank Aaron

Mickey Mantle

Ted Williams

Frank Robinson

Roberto Clemente

Willie Mays

Joe DiMaggio

Richie Ashburn

Stan Musial

Reggie Jackson

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