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In the beginning of his sophomore year in 1966, Jackson replaced Rick Monday (the first player ever selected in the Major League Baseball draft and a future teammate with the A's) at center field.
He broke the team record for most home runs in a single season, led the team in numerous other categories and was first team All-American.
Jackson debuted in the major leagues with the A's in 1967 in a Friday doubleheader in Kansas City on June 9, a shutout sweep of the Cleveland Indians by scores of The Athletics moved west to Oakland prior to the 1968 season.
Jackson hit 47 home runs in 1969, and was briefly ahead of the pace that Roger Maris set when he broke the single-season record for home runs with 61 in 1961, and that of Babe Ruth when he set the previous record of 60 in 1927.
Jackson hit 563 career home runs and was an American League (AL) All-Star for 14 seasons.Jackson hit a memorable home run in the 1971 All-Star Game at Tiger Stadium in Detroit.Batting for the American League against Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, the ball he hit soared above the right-field stands, striking the transformer of a light standard on the right field roof.His parents divorced when he was four; his mother took four of his siblings with her, while his father took Reggie and one of the siblings from his first marriage, though one sibling later returned to Wyncote.Martinez Jackson was a single father, and theirs was one of the few black families in Wyncote.