By the end of his career, Jackson hit 563 home runs. He became known as Mr. October because of the home runs he hit during post season play. He totaled 18 home runs in post season play, ten of which were in the World Series.
Jackson was taken in by the Kansas City Athletics in the 1966 armature draft as a second round pick. The team moved to Oakland after one season. It remained Jackson’s home team for eight more seasons. He went on to play for the Baltimore Orioles for one season. In 1977 he was picked up by the Yankees and remained in New York until he went to the California Angles in ’82. That was the team he retired with in ’87.
Jackson had his number, 24, retired by the Yankees in 1993 as well as his number, 9, was retired by the Athletics in 2004. He was elected by the baseball writers to enter the Hall of Fame in 1993.
Jackson said this in 1974, “When you’ve played this game for ten years and gone to bat seven-thousand times and gotten two-thousand hits do you know what that really means? It means you’ve gone zero for five-thousand.” Tomorrow come back to find out who was the youngest athlete to win and Olympic gold medal.