Form and Content

(Critical Edition of Young Adult Fiction)

In the prologue to Reggie: The Autobiography, Reggie Jackson recounts his first homecoming to Yankee Stadium after signing with the California Angels. Five years of turbulence in pinstripes had left him with mixed feelings about New York. With Jackson at the end of his career and batting only .173, this game on April 27, 1982, was to provide a career test for a man who always had struggled, searching for the inner mastery that enabled him to rise to an occasion. From this moment of self-doubt and the dramatic home run that followed, Jackson launches into an account of his life with enthusiasm, interweaving the professional and personal challenges that went hand in hand throughout his life. Mike Lupica, the former columnist for the New York Daily News, assisted Jackson in the writing, but Reggie remains a highly personal account, full of anecdotes and personal conversations.

Jackson tells his story chronologically, but he makes no attempt to cover each season, all of his important games, or even all of his personal highlights. Instead, he focuses on specific events or people, using his relation to them as representative examples of the tensions and achievements in his life. Jackson’s preprofessional career is covered in only two chapters, his minor league career in one chapter, and his eight years at Oakland in two chapters. Charles Finley, the controversial and tough-minded owner of the Athletics, receives almost as much...

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