Wednesday, February 22, 2012
no. 20 - reggie jackson
Who is the man: Reggie Jackson had four seasons under his kelly green belt when this card was issued. He was just coming off a disappointing 1970 season, hitting just .237. He'd have a pretty fine '71 though.
Can ya dig it: Oh, I can. Jackson looks nothing like he did in later years, which makes this card extra sweet. He's in full '70s Oakland A's regalia. A single bat isn't good enough for him. And I don't know what made him decide to start the "M" in his middle name all the way at the beginning of his first name, but I could stare at that signature all day.
Right on: I was fortunate enough to acquire this card and the Nolan Ryan card in the set as a young teenager when the cards cost me nothing. I scammed ... er, traded for them with a neighborhood friend in exchange for some more current Yankees.
You see this cat Jackson is a bad mother: I never thought Jackson was bad-ass as some did -- he seemed too needy -- but coming up with "I'm the straw that stirs the drink" is pretty mother badding bad.
Shut your mouth: That's what Thurman Munson said to Reggie. Or was it Billy?
No one understands him but his woman: The rumor goes that the Mets -- who had the No. 1 pick in the 1966 baseball draft -- didn't select Jackson because he had a white girlfriend. Jackson instead went to the A's with the No. 2 pick (the Mets drafted Steve Chilcott).
(A word about the back): As often as I rooted against Reggie, I was always proud of the fact that he was a lefty.