Jackson hits 1 and 500

On September 17, 1984, Reggie Jackson hit his 500th home run on the 17 year anniversary of his first home run.

Jackson was the only player on the California Angels to score a run in the 10-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals in front of the home crowd at Anaheim Stadium. The losing pitcher Bruce Kison allowed five runs score off of six hits in the first four innings of the game. Buddy Black came away with the win, he allowed three runs slip through.

His 563 home run career started with the 1966 amateur draft where he was picked second overall by the Kansas City Athletics. He played in 27 combined playoff and World Series games, earning him the nickname Mr. October. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993. The Yankees were chosen over the Athletics, the team he spent 10 of his 21 year career. The team fired him from a coaching position in 1991.

“Just like every other kid in my grade school, I was listening to my little radio plug in my ear when Mickey Mantle hit 18 post-season homers and won series after series for the Yankees. I listened and I learned from that. I think he was the original ‘Mr. October,’ but thank god it didn’t stick.” -Jackson on Mickey Mantle


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