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Howard Rogers, born 1932
Reginald Martinez Jackson, born 1946
Tempera on board
Sight: 67 x 48.2cm (26 3/8 x 19")
Frame: 87.6 x 67 x 5.7cm (34 1/2 x 26 3/8 x 2 1/4")
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
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One of baseball's great sluggers and larger-than-life personalities, Reggie Jackson hit 563 career home runs and helped carry his teams to four World Series championships from 1973 to 1978. While Jackson's regular season play was far from average, his postseason performances were spectacular. In his 1973 World Series debut, Jackson was a key factor in the Oakland A's victory over the New York Mets, producing five extra-base hits and driving in six runs to collect MVP honors for the series. But Jackson's exploits in the 1977 World Series proved even more remarkable. Playing this time for the Yankees, he belted three consecutive homers off three Dodgers pitchers in the deciding game of the series to propel New York to its first world championship in fifteen years. Jackson's heroics earned him the moniker "Mr. October"-a fitting tribute to his postseason brilliance.