Oakland Athletics All-Time Top 20 Hitters in Franchise History

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#5: Reggie Jackson

Outfielder Reggie Jackson was known affectionately by fans as “Mr. October”, because he had a knack for hitting well in the postseason. Both with the Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees, Jackson found success defensively and offensively at all times of the season. He spent time with the Orioles and Angels as well, but was mostly known for his time in the Green and Gold as well as the Pinstripes.

After being the second overall draft pick in 1966, Jackson debuted just a year later in an Athletics’ uniform. He played his first season in Kansas City, then spent the rest of his A’s year in Oakland.

Jackson helped the A’s win five consecutive AL West divisional pennants, three consecutive AL pennants, and two consecutive AL World Series titles. During his ten seasons in an Athletics uniform, Jackson hit .262 and posted a .851 OPS. He was also a 14-time All-Star, including six times with the A’s, and the winner of the AL MVP in 1973.

In 2004, the A’s retired Jackson’s number 9 in a ceremony at the Coliseum, and the Yankees have retired his number 44 as well. By the time he retired as an Athletic in 1987, Jackson had five World Series rings, two World Series MVP Awards, and a pair of Silver Slugger Awards. He had led the league in home runs four times, as well as once in RBIs, nearly winning a Triple Crown.

Jackson was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, receiving 93.6 percent of the vote in his first year of eligibility in 1993.

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