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MLB: Reggie Jackson Saved the 1977 Yankees as Well as Billy Martin’s Job

the New York Yankees signed Reggie Jackson following the 1976 season, Thurman Munson told the media that he thought Jackson was the type of player who could carry a club for a month.

At the end of play on Aug. 9, 1977, the Yankees were in third place, two-and-a-half games behind the second-place Baltimore Orioles and five games behind the first-place Boston Red Sox.

Yankees manager Billy Martin decided to move Jackson into the clean-up slot. It was a wise move, but most of Martin's moves usually worked out.

Jackson hit 13 home runs, drove in 49 runs and hit .286 as the Yankees went 38-13 to win the Eastern Division title for the second consecutive season. 

The Yankees gave Jackson a five-year contract for $3 million. ...

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