Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!
OCTOBER 18, 1977
THE BRONX, NEW YORK
– Game Six of the 1977 World Series was Mr. October’s shinning moment. It was the Yankees against the Dodgers.
New York against
Los Angeles; the biggest stage, the two biggest television markets.
In the fourth inning, Yankee right-fielder Reggie Jackson
hit Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Burt Hooton’s first pitch into the right-field seats for a two-run homer. The next inning,
Jackson hit Elias Sosa’s first pitcher to almost the same spot for 2 more runs. In the eighth inning,
Jackson hit Dodger pitcher Charlie Hough’s first pitch into the center-field bleachers.
Which were more amazing? Hitting three home runs in one game? Hitting each one on the first pitch? Hitting each one off different pitchers? Or, hitting the third one 475 feet into the hitting-backdrop bleachers?
The Yankees won the game 8-4 and won the Series 4 games to 2. Oh, by the way, the last player to hit three home runs in a World Series game? Babe Ruth.
Sports Illustrated Greatest Teams, By Tim Crothers, 1998