Today in Sports History: September 2

In 1978, Yankees right fielder Reggie Jackson made it into the history books as the 19th player to hit 20 home runs in 11 straight years. The 20th home run came in a 6-2 home win against the Seattle Mariners. Jackson ultimately extended his home run streak to 13 seasons and stands no. 14 on the career home run leaders list with 563. In his 21 year career, Jackson suited up for five different MLB teams. Nicknamed “Mr. October,” Jackson’s clutch postseason performances made him a valuable player. In his career, Jackson won five World Series. Three of them with the Oakland Athletics in 1972-1974 and two with the New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978. Jackson led both of these teams to a combined first place regular season standing ten times over his career. A 14x All-Star and 2x World Series MVP, Jackson was inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993 as a first ballot. Both his numbers were retired by the Athletics and Yankees.  The legendary player continues to be a part of the MLB community and currently serves as a special advisor to the Houston Astros. 

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