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On this date in Yankees history: Reggie Jackson is Mr. October

BRONX, N.Y. — On this date in 1977, Reggie Jackson helped put the New York Yankees back on top of the baseball world. The Bronx Bombers defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-4, in Game 6 of the World Series, at Yankee Stadium. It marked the twenty-first title in franchise history and the first since 1962.

Mr. October made some history of his own in this contest. Jackson joined Babe Ruth’s heroics in 1926 as the only two players with a three-homer game in World Series history.

Mr. October wasn’t messing around either. All of his home runs came on the first pitch. A two-run homer to right off Burt Hooton in the fourth frame to give the pinstripes a 4-3 edge. A two-run shot to right off Elias Sosa in the fifth frame to make it 7-3. Plus a solo shot to center, into the black seats, off Charlie Hough in the eighth to increase New York’s advantage to 8-3.

Jackson would earn World Series MVP honors.