Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Jackson Hits Home Run 500

On Sept. 17, 1984 California Angels slugger and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson becomes just the thirteenth player in Major League Baseball history to hit 500 home runs.
Jackson joined Babe Ruth, Jimmy Foxx, Mel Ott, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantles, Eddie Matthews, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew, Frank Robinson and Willie McCovey in the 500 home run club.
Since Jackson hit career home 500, the club has grown in size with Mike Schmidt, Eddie Murray, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Rafael Palmeiro, Ken Griffey Jr., Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez and Gary Sheffield joining the club.
Jackson’s career included several other special moments including 563 regular season long balls, five World Series Championships, three with the Oakland Athletics including three consecutive from 1972-1974 and two with the Yankees in 1977 and 1978. Jackson was named the 1973 American League MVP, and in 1977 he earned the Babe Ruth award, for the most home runs hit in all of baseball. He also earned two Silver Slugger awards in 1980 and 1982. As well he was a 14-time All-Star in his 21-year career.
Jackson would finish his career with a .262 batting average, 2,584 hits and 1,702 RBI’s to go along with his 563 career home runs.
In 1993 Jackson was voted into Cooperstown Baseball Hall of Fame with 93.6 percent of the vote. It was the first time he appeared on the ballot. The Oakland Athletics have retired his no. 9 jersey and the Yankees his no. 44 jersey.