Thursday, January 5, 2012
1977 Topps #10
During his 1973 MVP season in Oakland , Reggie Jackson boldly stated that he would have a candy bar named after him, should he ever play in New York City. Oakland eventually traded the star to Baltimore prior to the 1976 season, where the slugger would spend only one season. Jackson then signed with the Yankees in November of 1976, where he would not only build upon his Hall of Fame credentials-but it was also the place where he would cement his place in Cooperstown. Of course we all know of the three home-runs (on three consecutive pitches!) in game 6 of the 1977 World Series, which gave the Yankees the title and elevated Jackson into the Yankees Pantheon. But how many people remember the next time Reggie and the Yankees played at home? That would be April 13, 1978, when Reggie hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the first, giving the Yankees all the runs they would need that day. Upon returning to his place in right field the next inning, Jackson was showered with the candy bar.