Fun Cards: “Baseball Immortals” Reggie Jackson
Reggie Jackson may have been my first favorite baseball player, or at the very least, my first favorite non-Reds player. I thought I remembered his 500th home run, but after looking it up, I don’t believe that is correct. His 500th came in 1984, slightly before I started paying attention to the sport. Perhaps I thought I remembered it because he was the last player to reach the milestone before Mike Schmidt in 1987, and I do remember Schmidt’s pursuit of the mark.
Reggie hit 563 home runs in all during the regular season, and 18 in the postseason. In 1973, he was named both the AL MVP an the World Series MVP for the Oakland A’s. He was also named the 1977 World Series MVP with the Yankees. His induction into the Hall of Fame was a no-brainer, which means the 27 voters who omitted his name from their ballots had no brains.