Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Jackson Joins Musial and Ruth With Rare Feat
On Sept. 18, 1986, Hall of Fame slugger Reggie Jackson or hits three home runs and collects seven RBIs in one game for the California Angels. His three homers in one game at age 40 put him into a rare group that only included Stan Musial and Babe Ruth.
This was not the first time Jackson had hit three home runs in a single game though. In 1978, in World Series clinching game six. Jackson his three home runs, each on the first pitch off of a different pitcher in each at-bat. With his home run in game five off Don Sutton it meant Jackson had hit four consecutive home runs off of four different pitchers on four swings.
Since Jackson’s historic day another former Oakland Athletic, Jason Giambi joined the club while hitting three home runs in a game for the Colorado Rockies in May of 2011.
Jackson’s career featured 563 long balls, 33 of which came after he turned 40-years of age.
Jackson was named the American League MVP in 1973, and an All-Star 14 times. He was a five time World Series Champion, three times with the Oakland Athletics in 1972, 1973, and 1974, and two times a World Series Champion with the New York Yankees, in 1977 and 1978. He was the World Series MVP in 1973 and 1978.
Jackson was nominated into Cooperstown, baseball hall of fame in 1993 on the first ballot, with over 93 percent of the vote.