A soul-baring, brutally candid, and highly colorful memoir of the two years1977 and 1978when Reggie Jackson went from being an outcast to a Yankee legend.
In the spring of 1977 Reggie Jackson should have been on top of the world. The best player on the Oakland A's dynasty teams, he was the first big-money free agent wooed by George Steinbrenner into coming to the New York Yankees. But, as Reggie writes in this vivid and surprising memoir, until his initial experience with the Yankees, "I didn't know what alone meant." Persevering against an alcoholic manager, ostracism from teammates, and negative stereotypes in the New York City press, Jackson fought against the odds to become "Mr. October." Filled with revealing anecdotes about the notorious "Bronx Zoo" Yankees of the late 1970s, bluntly honest portrayals of his teammates and competitors, and especially of manager Billy Martin, Becoming Mr. October is a revelatory self-portrait of a baseball icon at the height of his public fame and private anguish.
|Publisher:||Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
REGGIE JACKSON was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993. He hit 563 home runs and drove in 1,702 runs over the course of his twenty-one-year career. He played three World Series–winning seasons with the Oakland Athletics and two with the New York Yankees. He is a special adviser to the Yankees.
KEVIN BAKER is the prize-winning author of the historical novels Dreamland, Paradise Alley, and Strivers Row; the baseball novel Sometimes You See It Coming; and, most recently, The Big Crowd. He served as chief historical researcher for the nonfiction bestseller The American Century. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and Harper’s Magazine, among other publications.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Cant believe that B&N actually asked me to review this purchase but since they asked for it! I ordered a SIGNED COPY of this book and instead received an UNSIGNED COPY! I had to waste my time and return it to a B&N store! Sent them an email and they never responded! Lets see if they respond now!
If you are looking for insight on Mr October and the Yankees,this is not the book. Pretty much a rehash of everything you already know. Billy Martin was a drunk. Did not like Reggie. Reggie had a rough go of it in the Big Apple that first year. World Series redemption. Not much substance. I should have known. Written 30 years too late. Sorry REG-GIE!