Mr. October Is Born (10/18/77)

Reggie Jackson Claims “Mr. October” Title With Four Consecutive Home Runs in 1977 World Series

In 1976, the New York Yankees returned to newly renovated Yankee Stadium with new manager Billy Martin.  Martin led them to their first post-season and World Series since 1964 where they were swept by the Cincinnati Reds.  In the off-season they acquired Reggie Jackson for $2.96 million and he led them to a second straight American League East Title and pennant (beating Kansas City 3-2 for the second year in a row).

In the World Series, the Yankees faced the Los Angeles Dodgers led by Tommy Lasorda in his first full year as manager.  The Dodgers were the first team to have four players hit 30 or more home runs in one season (Steve Garvey, Reggie Smith, Ron Cey and Dusty Baker).  It was only the second time that the Dodgers faced the Yankees in the World Series since moving to Los Angeles (the Dodgers swept the Yankees in 1963).

This time there would be no sweep, as the Yankees jumped to a 3-1 lead.  The Dodgers jumped on the Yankees in Game 5 taking a 10-0 lead.  In the 8th inning, Reggie Jackson hit a a solo home run to cut the lead to 10-4, but the Dodgers shut down the Yankees in the 9th to force a Game 6.

In Game 6, the Dodgers jumped to a 2-0 lead   Jackson did not swing his first at bat, as he walked on four pitches and scored after Chris Chambliss’ home run.

In the 4th inning, Jackson came to bat with the Dodgers leading 3-2.  Jackson hit a two-run homer on the first pitch from starter Burt Hooten to give the Yankees the lead for good.  In the fifth inning he connected on his first pitch from Elias Sosa for another two-run homer extending the lead to 7-3.    Then in the 8th, he hit the first pitch from Charlie Hough 475 feet into the stands delighting a Yankee Stadium crowd that was chanting “Reggie”.

Jackson hit four home runs on his last four swings over Game 5 and 6.

Jackson was dubbed “Mr. October” for his clutch play.

He would return to the World Series in 1978 (Yankees beating Dodgers again 4-2) and 1981 (Dodgers winning 4-2) and produce three more home runs.  In his next to last year of his career, he was part of the 1986 California Angels team that came within one out of winning the pennant against the  Boston Red Sox .

REGULAR-SEASON

Year Age Tm G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG Awards
1967 21 KCA 35 118 13 21 4 4 1 6 1 10 46 .178 .269 .305
1968 22 OAK 154 553 82 138 13 6 29 74 14 50 171 .250 .316 .452 MVP-17
1969 23 OAK 152 549 123 151 36 3 47 118 13 114 142 .275 .410 .608 AS,MVP-5
1970 24 OAK 149 426 57 101 21 2 23 66 26 75 135 .237 .359 .458
1971 25 OAK 150 567 87 157 29 3 32 80 16 63 161 .277 .352 .508 AS,MVP-14
1972 26 OAK 135 499 72 132 25 2 25 75 9 59 125 .265 .350 .473 AS,MVP-18
1973 27 OAK 151 539 99 158 28 2 32 117 22 76 111 .293 .383 .531 AS,MVP-1
1974 28 OAK 148 506 90 146 25 1 29 93 25 86 105 .289 .391 .514 AS,MVP-4
1975 29 OAK 157 593 91 150 39 3 36 104 17 67 133 .253 .329 .511 AS,MVP-5
1976 30 BAL 134 498 84 138 27 2 27 91 28 54 108 .277 .351 .502 MVP-16
1977 31 NYY 146 525 93 150 39 2 32 110 17 74 129 .286 .375 .550 AS,MVP-8
1978 32 NYY 139 511 82 140 13 5 27 97 14 58 133 .274 .356 .477 AS,MVP-17
1979 33 NYY 131 465 78 138 24 2 29 89 9 65 107 .297 .382 .544 AS,MVP-24
1980 34 NYY 143 514 94 154 22 4 41 111 1 83 122 .300 .398 .597 AS,MVP-2,SS
1981 35 NYY 94 334 33 79 17 1 15 54 0 46 82 .237 .330 .428 AS
1982 36 CAL 153 530 92 146 17 1 39 101 4 85 156 .275 .375 .532 AS,MVP-6,SS
1983 37 CAL 116 397 43 77 14 1 14 49 0 52 140 .194 .290 .340 AS
1984 38 CAL 143 525 67 117 17 2 25 81 8 55 141 .223 .300 .406 AS
1985 39 CAL 143 460 64 116 27 0 27 85 1 78 138 .252 .360 .487
1986 40 CAL 132 419 65 101 12 2 18 58 1 92 115 .241 .379 .408
1987 41 OAK 115 336 42 74 14 1 15 43 2 33 97 .220 .297 .402
21 Yrs 2820 9864 1551 2584 463 49 563 1702 228 1375 2597 .262 .356 .490
162 Game Avg. 162 567 89 148 27 3 32 98 13 79 149 .262 .356 .490
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG Awards
OAK (10 yrs) 1346 4686 756 1228 234 27 269 776 145 633 1226 .262 .355 .496
CAL (5 yrs) 687 2331 331 557 87 6 123 374 14 362 690 .239 .343 .440
NYY (5 yrs) 653 2349 380 661 115 14 144 461 41 326 573 .281 .371 .526
BAL (1 yr) 134 498 84 138 27 2 27 91 28 54 108 .277 .351 .502
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Generated 10/18/2013.

POST-SEASON

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Generated 10/18/2013.
Year Age Tm Series Opp Rslt G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1971 25 OAK ALCS BAL L 3 12 2 4 1 0 2 2 0 0 1 .333 .333 .917
1972 26 OAK ALCS DET W 5 18 1 5 1 0 0 2 2 1 6 .278 .316 .333
1973 27 OAK ALCS BAL W 5 21 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 .143 .143 .143
1973 27 OAK WS NYM W 7 29 3 9 3 1 1 6 0 2 7 .310 .355 .586
1974 28 OAK ALCS BAL W 4 12 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 5 2 .167 .412 .250
1974 28 OAK WS LAD W 5 14 3 4 1 0 1 1 1 5 3 .286 .474 .571
1975 29 OAK ALCS BOS L 3 12 1 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 2 .417 .417 .667
1977 31 NYY ALCS KCR W 5 16 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 .125 .222 .125
1977 31 NYY WS LAD W 6 20 10 9 1 0 5 8 0 3 4 .450 .542 1.250
1978 32 NYY ALCS KCR W 4 13 5 6 1 0 2 6 0 3 4 .462 .529 1.000
1978 32 NYY WS LAD W 6 23 2 9 1 0 2 8 0 3 7 .391 .500 .696
1980 34 NYY ALCS KCR L 3 11 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 .273 .333 .364
1981 35 NYY ALDS MIL W 5 20 4 6 0 0 2 4 0 1 5 .300 .333 .600
1981 35 NYY ALCS OAK W 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 .000 .200 .000
1981 35 NYY WS LAD L 3 12 3 4 1 0 1 1 0 2 3 .333 .429 .667
1982 36 CAL ALCS MIL L 5 18 2 2 0 0 1 2 0 2 7 .111 .200 .278
1986 40 CAL ALCS BOS L 6 26 2 5 2 0 0 2 0 2 7 .192 .250 .269
11 Yrs (17 Series) 77 281 41 78 14 1 18 48 5 33 70 .278 .358 .527
G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
1 ALDS 5 20 4 6 0 0 2 4 0 1 5 .300 .333 .600
11 ALCS 45 163 16 37 7 0 6 20 4 17 41 .227 .298 .380
5 WS 27 98 21 35 7 1 10 24 1 15 24 .357 .457 .755
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/18/2013.
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