The legend has it that Davy Crockett was the King of the Wild Frontier. But on one unforgettable October night at Yankee Stadium in 1977, there was only one king. It was Reggie Jackson, the King of The Baseball Field.
It was Game Six of the World Series, as the New York Yankees battled their long-time rival, the Dodgers, who now resided in Los Angeles. It did not get started well for the Yanks, as Steve Garvey tripled in two runs in the top of the first to put the Dodgers up 2-0.
In the second, Jackson walked and then trotted home on a Chris Chambliss home run to tie it up. But when Reggie Smith homered in the third to put the Dodgers back on top, it looked like it was going to be a see-saw night. That´s when Mr. October went to work.
On the first pitch from Burt Hooten in the fourth, Jackson smashed a two run shot to put the Yankees back in the lead at 4-3. With the score at 5-3 in the fifth, he stepped up to the plate again, this time against Elias Sosa. In came Sosa´s first pitch and-SMACK- out it went!
So it was near bedlam in Yankee Stadium as Jackson strolled out toward the batter´s box in the eighth. ¨Reggie! Reggie!Reggie!¨ Charlie Hough sneered, and then floated in a knuckle ball with the full intent of making Jackson look like a fool. But, Holy Cow, See Ya, it was time to name a new candy bar. The Yanks were up 8-3 and on the top of the baseball world once again.
The performance made him the first player to hit three home runs in a World Series game since Babe Ruth did it in 1928. So Reggie gets memorable moment number nine in the top ten most memorable moments in New York Yankees history. That puts him just ahead of Derek Jeter´s 3,000th hit and number nine on the list. Whether you think the order should be reversed or not, there is one thing that is for certain. On that October night in the Bronx in 1977, Reggie Jackson was King of The Baseball Field.