Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Paging Mr. October

A look at the real Mr. October, Reggie Jackson.

Paging Mr. October

(AP File Photo)
(AP File Photo)

If you have ever heard the term "Mr. October," you are probably well aware that it most often is referring to Reggie Jackson.

Jackson pretty much owned the five World Series in which he appeared, and is best known for his performance in the clinching Game 6 of the 1977 Classic. All he did that day was hit home runs in three consecutive at-bats ... each on the first pitch ... each off a different Dodgers pitchers. The first one (off Burt Hooton) tied the score, the second (surrendered by Elias Sosa) put the Yankees ahead to stay, and the third (off knuckleballer Charlie Hough) was the cherry on top.

Below are his year-by-year World Series stats:

Noteworthy: Jackson actually missed his first chance at World Series stardom. He scored the tying run in the 1972 ALCS clincher against the Tigers on a steal of home, but tore a hamstring on the play and missed the A's seven-game victory over the Reds ... Maybe we should call him Mr. "Late" October; his ALCS batting average was just .227 with six homers in 45 games ... From 1972-78, his teams won 10 of the 11 postseason series they played.

Year Team Opponent   G   AB R H   2B   3B   HR   RBI   Avg.  OBA Slg.
1973 Athletics Mets 7 29 3 9 3 1 1 6 .310 .355 .586
1974 Athletics Dodgers 5 14 3 4 1 0 1 1 .286 .474 571
1977 Yankees Dodgers 6 20 10 9 1 0 5 8 .450 .542  1.250
1978 Yankees   Dodgers 6 23 2 9 1 0 2 8 .391 .500 .696
1981 Yankees Dodgers 3 12 3 4 1 0 1 1 .333 .429 .667
Totals       27 98   21   35 7 1 10 24 .357 .457 .755
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