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Reggie Jackson is one of those Yankees I don’t think people appreciate anymore. Yeah, the Yankees have the big names like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio, but right up there with all of them is Mr. October, Reggie Jackson. This is a guy who belted 563 homeruns when that was huge deal. He’s currently tied for tenth with Reggie Jackson but less then ten years ago he was sixth. He’s the all time strikeout leader, but he also drew his share of walks (1,375, 27th all times). He’s also underrated as a base stealer, with 228 all time and four 20/20 seasons. Oh yeah, and in five World Series, he hit a rock solid .357/.457/.755 line with ten homeruns and 24 RBIs in 27 games.
1977 was more of the same for Jackson. He finished second on the team with 32 homeruns and he was first in RBIs with 110 and OPS+ with 150. His .550 slugging percentage was good for third in the American League and he finished fifth in the American League in homeruns.
Reggie Jackson didn’t have much of a platoon split in 1977 which made him particularly dangerous. The difference between his OPS against right handers and his OPS against left handers was only 63 points. And true to form, Jackson was best down the stretch. September was his best month and he hit 10 homeruns and drove in 29 with a 1.055 OPS.
None of this compares to what he did in the World Series. He belted five homeruns, including three in the game six clincher and he hit .450/.542/1.250 with 10 runs and eight RBIs. Yes, he was the MVP.
Here’s a look at Jackson’t numbers in 1977:
Stolen Bases 17
Caught Stealing 3
When it came to pitching, the 1947 Yankees ruled the roost. They led the American League in ERA (3.39), hits allowed (1,221) and strikeouts (691). They did give up their share of walks (628) but they got the job done. And oddly, for a team that won 97 games (remember, they only played 154 back then), only one Yankee finished with more then 14 wins. That pitcher was the ace of the staff, Allie Reynolds.
Reynolds made his debut in 1942 but he logged only five innings. His first full season was 1943, in which he finished with a losing record. He played in his first All Star Game in 1945 and he finished that season with a career high 18 wins but he regressed in 1946 when he finished with an ERA+ of only 85.
Then in 1947, he put it all together. His 19 wins were good for second in the American League and his 129 strikeouts put him at fourth in the American League. Like the rest of the team, he gave up his share of walks (123) but he had four shutouts which was good for second in the league.
And in a lot of ways, 1947 was when Reynolds grew up because he’d be very good very good going forward and he’d post winning records through out the rest of his career. This is a guy who threw some serious heat and Sporting News described him in 1954 as one of the hardest throwers in all of baseball (hat tip to the Neyer/James Guide to Pitchers) and a guy who had he thrown a little better earlier in his career, would probably be sitting in the Hall of Fame.
Here’s a look at Allie Reynolds numbers in 1947:
Games Started 30
Complete Games 17
Innings Pitched 242
Earned Runs 86
Runs Saved Above Average 7
Neutral Wins 14
Neutral Losses 13
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