Reggie Martinez Jackson, “Mr. October,” Had African-American Parents


Reggie was born on May 18, 1946 in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. The first name of Reggie’s father was “Martínez,” while the second name of Reggie is “Martínez” by his father. “Martinez” in our Spanish language is a surname, but in your family use it as a name, as in Spanish “Robinson,” that being a surname in English, parents of Robinson Cano were it to his son in honor of the great Jackie Robinson. His father Martínez Clarence Jackson (African-American) was married to Clara (African-American). Mr Jackson had two sons from his first marriage: Clarence calling him “Joe” and Dolores. Four children were born from his marriage with Clara: Beverly, James calling it “Slug,” Reggie and Tina the minor. The genealogical tree of Reggie: grandfather was African American, and his grandmother was Afro-Caribbean from St. Croix.

The father of Reggie was born in New Jersey. In 20 to 30 years it played baseball with the Newark Eagles, one of the teams from the black League. At that time he rubbed shoulders with the greats of that baseball: Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and Zach Layton, where he enjoyed that was romantic, moving from one place to another in these old buses.

After the second world war, the parents of Reggie moved to Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, and bought a dry cleaners (dry cleaning) in the 149 Greenwood Avenue where also sewn together and mended clothes. The shop was called Greenwood Avenue Cleaners and was located between the Atlantic gas station and the hamlet Glickers, a neighborhood predominantly middle class and white. For this reason, Reggie said in his biography and arrogantly, typical in it, which most of his friends were white.

Mr Martínez Clarence Jackson was a hardworking man who wanted the best for his family. However, when Reggie was six years old, he decided to separate from his wife. Reggie came to the House and saw his father cry. This situation affect him emotionally, not only by his father, but also to see her mother split with three of his brothers from father and mother, leaving him behind along with his two half brothers, the sons of his father’s first marriage. Reggie never forgave his mother for this reason, despite the fact that over the years he managed to see it, but not with the same affection that a child should feel towards her mother.

Over the years, when Reggie was about 18 years old, his father was arrested for smuggling of liquor. In the basement of his home preparing drinks illegally. He did so to cover expenses and allow their children to have everything. Reggie and his brother Slug managed to do the work of the laundry until his father left in freedom. Reggie continued their studies at Cheltenham High School and practiced several sports. It was an all star in athletics once ran the 100 yards in 9.7 seconds. Also, he practiced football, basketball and baseball which released three games without a hit and run. At the conclusion of his high school, Reggie went to study at Arizona State University. There he met Jennie Campos, a young Mexican American, with whom he had a romantic relationship culminating in marriage. It was precisely, with the parents of Jennie who learned to speak the Spanish, something that helped him to communicate with his fellow Spanish-speaking baseball, especially when played winter ball in Puerto Rico, season 1970-71, with the Cangrejeros de Santurce. That year he led the Puerto Rican League in home runs with 20, and runs scored with 47. Back on the island, they thought, and ran a ball that was Puerto Rican by name Martinez. Someone thought that it was not a name and a surname. Also, because the machucaba the Spanish who had him learn with friends and relatives of his ex-wife. Something similar such as take Lasorda and Tony La Russa, who also defend themselves with the Spanish learned of the same shape.

Mr. October played in the bigs with the Orioles, Yankees, athletics and angels. He had an exceptional career, a timely hitter, his team leader. I used to have even its friction with his fellows by pretending to be the best. Once said: “I’m stick that remove the beverage,” meaning that without their presence the team would not succeed. Arrogance or not, in the 1970s, Reggie carried Oakland Athletics to win three World Series, and the New York Yankees to win two.

Reggie retires from baseball in 1987, ending a successful career of 21 years in the big top, connected 563 home runs and towed 1,702 racing. He was the man who gave the bat when it was needed. His work earned him be exalted to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1993, received 396 votes of counted 423: 93.62% of the vote.