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#6 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 29, 2012

Jackson watches one of his 3 blasts (Sports Illustrated)

Reggie Jackson3 HR | vs. Los Angeles Dodgers | 10/18/1977

Reggie Jackson earned the monicker “Mr. October” by hitting 3 home runs in the deciding 6th game of the World Series against Los Angeles.  The Yanks won 3 of the first 4 games of the series, but a 10-4 drubbing in game 5 at Dodger Stadium sent the series back to New York.

During batting practice before game 6, Jackson hit 18 balls into the empty stadium seats.  Willie Randolph told him, “Save some of those for the game.”  Jackson just looked at him and confidently replied, “There are more where those came from.”

The Dodgers picked up where they left off in the previous game, scoring 2 in the 1st inning off of Mike Torrez on a triple by Steve Garvey.  The Yankees struck back in the 2nd when Chris Chambliss took Burt Hooten’s pitch into the right field stands after Jackson had walked.  Reggie Smith stroked a solo home run in the 3rd to give LA a 3-2 lead, setting the stage for one of the most memorable individual performances in World Series history.

In the 4th, with Thurman Munson on 1st, Jackson crushed the first pitch he saw from Hooten to deep right field.  He helped push the lead to 7-3 in the 5th with a 2-run home run off of Elias Sosa, then sealed the Yanks’ 21st championship with a solo blast in the 8th off Charlie Hough that finally came to earth in the black section in center field.  3 pitches.  3 home runs.  An 8-4 victory.

Yankee Stadium shook, toilet paper streamed down from the upper deck, “REG-GIE!, REG-GIE!, REG-GIE!” echoed from every corner of the ballpark, and for the first time in 15 years baseball’s finest franchise had a title.

It is the happiest moment of my career. I had been on a ball and chain all year, at least in my mind.  I had heard so many negatives about Reggie Jackson.  I had been the villain.  Couldn’t do this.  Couldn’t do that.  And now suddenly I didn’t care what the manager or my teammates had said or what the media had written.

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