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MLB Baseball Legend Reggie Jackson Shares Story Of Early Career Racism

Legendary Major League Baseball player Reggie Jackson shared a story of the treatment he received as a 21-year-old rookie in Birmingham, Alabama. He shared his story after being asked a question by Alex Rodriguez about his time in the southern city as a rookie. Jackson was introduced into the MLB in 1967, which was during a time of great social unrest and outright racism in many parts of the United States. Jackson says that he would openly be called the “n-word” in front of his teammates whenever they would visit restaurants, hotels, and other places in Birmingham. The Hall Of Fame baseball player says he wouldn’t wish the racist treatment that he received on anyone else.

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Gary Parrish on X: “Alex Rodriguez asked a question. Reggie Jackson answered it. (Shouts to the producer and rest of the desk for staying out of Reggie’s way and just letting him talk. I doubt they expected this answer. But it’s a great few minutes of television.) https://t.co/7WqjlppvF8” / X

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