Chants of “Reg-gie! Reg-gie!” greeted Reggie Jackson as the only inductee at the 1993 Hall of Fame induction on Aug. 1. Nearly 10,000 fans and 38 living Hall of Famers watched as Mr. October became the 216th member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Longtime Baltimore Orioles announcer Chuck Thompson was presented with the Ford C. Frick award for broadcast excellence. New York-area writer Leonard Koppett and former Trenton Times writer Bus Saidt were honored with the J.G. Taylor Spink award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing.
REGGIE JACKSON: Jackson garnered 93.6 percent of the 423 votes cast by the BBWAA in his first year on the ballot. Mr. October was a prolific performer in the World Series, belting 10 home runs – including four in consecutive at bats – in 27 Fall Classic games. He was a five-time World Series champion with the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees, and won World Series MVP honors in 1973 and 1977. As one of the game's premier power hitters, Jackson blasted 563 career round-trippers. The 14-time All-Star compiled a lifetime slugging percentage of .490 and earned American League MVP honors in 1973. Both Oakland and New York have retired Jackson’s number – No. 9 for the Athletics and No. 44 for the Yankees.