Reggie Jackson is selling the jersey he wore when he hit three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series, securing the New York Yankees’ 21st title and cementing a nickname that occupies the second line on his Hall of Fame plaque.
The white pinstripe Yankees uniform will be sold online as part of a spring collection at California-based SCP Auctions, from April 10 through April 27. The outfielder’s five home runs during the 1977 World Series earned him Most Valuable Player honors and the nickname “Mr. October.”
Jackson said today in an interview on Bloomberg Radio’s “On the Economy” that he would use the proceeds to make “significant” donations to family members, as well as his Mr. October Foundation for Kids, which promotes educational endeavors in minority communities.
“Give someone $100,000 and it changes lives,” Jackson said.
With the Yankees up three games to two, Jackson hit home runs on three consecutive pitches from three different pitchers in an 8-4 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Yankee Stadium. He was the first player since another Yankees Hall of Fame outfielder, Babe Ruth in 1928, to hit three home runs in a World Series game.
A 14-time All-Star, Jackson played 21 seasons, hitting .262 with 563 home runs and 1,702 runs batted in. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.
Jackson has kept the jersey as part of his personal memorabilia. He said his collection includes items from Yankees greats such as Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, and other Hall of Famers, including Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente.
“I collected because I was a fan, and that stuff has turned into significant value,” Jackson said. “I’ve never sold anything except my stuff, because my stuff I guess is not as important to me as some of the other things I’ve collected.”
The SCP spring collection also includes a road uniform worn by DiMaggio in 1951, and a home uniform worn by Yankees catcher Thurman Munson in 1979, the year he died in a plane crash. Non- Yankees items include a Wayne Gretzky game-worn jersey from his time with the Edmonton Oilers, and sneakers that Miami Heat forward LeBron James wore as a tribute to those affected by the December school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Proceeds from the sale of the shoes will go to those affected through the LeBron James Family Foundation, according to an e-mailed release from SCP Auctions.
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