When I first heard that Dayn Perry had authored “Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October,” I was pretty excited to see this biography. I’ve been a fan of Perry’s work – dating back to when I first read “Baseball Between The Numbers.” And, having now finished this new work, I can share that this book more than met all my expectations.
I found Perry’s “Reggie Jackson” to be remarkably well researched.
To be candid, sometimes this is a problem for some authors. They get so locked into sharing facts that they lose sight of the story-telling goal. But, this was not the case here.
“Reggie Jackson” was informative while also being very entertaining – and therefore engrossing.
To many baseball fans – especially Yankees fans – under the age of 40, the clock on the Reggie Jackson story probably starts in 1977. But, there’s so much more to it than that. And, Perry covers it all in this book – going back to Jackson’s childhood, college days, minor league travels, and his entire major league career.
There’s a lot shared in “Reggie Jackson” – and, it’s not just about Reggie. In fact, this book does a great job at painting the picture of what was going on in all of baseball – and Amercia – during the late ’60′s, 1970′s, and early ’80′s.
In fact, you don’t have to be a Yankees fan, or even a Reggie Jackson fan, to enjoy Perry’s “Reggie Jackson.” It’s a book that any baseball fan would relish – and learn from it. (For the record, even though I like to consider myself as someone who knows 1970′s baseball, even I discovered a few things, for the first time, reading this book.)
One thing that I found extremely appealing about “Reggie Jackson” was the pace that Perry used to tell the story. It was perfect and a pure pleasure. This was not only true in telling the story of Jackson’s life but also in covering game accounts. Too many times, in reading baseball books, I’ve found authors who either gloss over game accounts or, worse, go crazy with minutiae to the point where it becomes tranquillizing. However, Perry finds the sweet spot every time in this book when providing details on game action.
I highly recommend checking out “Reggie Jackson: The Life and Thunderous Career of Baseball’s Mr. October.” As shared previously, this one’s not just for Reggie fans or Yankees fans. It’s a great read for any baseball fan – especially those with an interest in 1970′s baseball and the years which bookended that decade.