A soul-baring, brutally candid, and highly colorful memoir of the two years--1977 and 1978--when Reggie Jackson went from being an outcast to a Yankee legend.
In the spring of 1977 Reggie Jackson should have been on top of the world. The best player on the Oakland A's dynasty teams, he was the first big-money free agent wooed by George Steinbrenner into coming to the New York Yankees. But, as Reggie writes in this vivid and surprising memoir, until his initial experience with the Yankees, "I didn't know what alone meant." Persevering against an alcoholic manager, ostracism from teammates, and negative stereotypes in the New York City press, Jackson fought against the odds to become "Mr. October." Filled with revealing anecdotes about the notorious "Bronx Zoo" Yankees of the late 1970s, bluntly honest portrayals of his teammates and competitors, and especially of manager Billy Martin, "Becoming Mr. October" is a revelatory self-portrait of a baseball icon at the height of his public fame and private anguish.
About the Author
Kevin Baker is a novelist, historian, and journalist whose books include "Dreamland" and the "New York Times" bestseller "Paradise Alley". He authored "America: The Story of Us", the companion volume to the groundbreaking A&E television show of the same name, and was the chief historical researcher on "The American Century" by Harold Evans. Baker is a contributor to the "New York Times", the "Washington Post", the "Guardian", "Harper s Magazine", "GQ", "Newsweek", "Politico", the "Huffington Post", and other leading publications, and has appeared as a television commentator on the History channel, CNN, and "The Colbert Report". Baker lives in New York with his wife, Ellen, and their cat, Maisie.