There was never anyone like Reggie Jackson, an egomaniac who liked to watch his home runs soar into the stands, loved talking about himself to the media, and won pennants practically everywhere he played. The man was one-of-a-kind, and he was a winner.
Reggie was also a confident, talented, intelligent man who changed the way black athletes were perceived in the 1970s. Jackson had an opinion and he didn’t care who knew about it.
He also helped pave in a new era: Reggie was the first man in decades to wear a mustache in the major leagues. He was the first man to play baseball with a beard since Grover Cleveland was president. He laughed and smiled and strutted on the diamond, he had a good time playing baseball. To many traditionalists it was blasphemy. But it helped make Reggie the biggest star in the game. It didn’t hurt that he hit mammoth home runs.
This video was produced before the 1976 season. It contains extensive interviews with Reggie, Oakland owner Charlie Finley, Jackson’s teammates, and the media. It’s a behind-the-scenes personality profile of a player at the height of his fame.
Dan Holmes is an author and baseball historian. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and Major League Baseball. He once defeated George Brett in Texas Hold Em poker and faced Phil Niekro's knuckleball. He has two daughters and he writes regularly about baseball and many other topics.