Everyone either remembers or has seen highlights of Reggie Jackson as a New York Yankee. Everyone who knows even a bit of baseball history knows that he came up with the A’s, won an MVP award and three World Series rings in Oakland. Anyone who has seen “The Naked Gun” knows that Mr. October played for the California Angels.
But there are a lot of baseball fans, even some pretty avid ones, who don’t realize that Jackson played for the Baltimore Orioles. It was just one season, 1976, and not even the whole season due to a holdout. But he played there while he bided his time between the late 1975 arbitration ruling ushering in free agency and the first time players could take advantage of it following the 1976 season. Baltimore was a pretty great place to play baseball in the 1970s, but for Jackson, it really was his season in limbo.
Today Dan Epstein — expert of all things 1970s baseball — has an article up over at Vice exploring Reggie Jackson’s weird year with the O’s. The year in which his house burnt down. The year in which he got in a screaming match with Earl Weaver over a necktie. The year in which Dock Ellis hit him square in the face with a fastball for . . . reasons.
No one tells stories of baseball in the 70s like Epstein and no baseball stories of the 1970s are complete without some reference to Reggie Jackson, the decade’s biggest and brightest star. Must reading, for sure.
SAN DIEGO – Right-hander Kyle Gibson and the Baltimore Orioles finalized a one-year, $10 million contract.
The 35-year-old would receive a $150,000 assignment bonus if traded, payable by the receiving team. He also can earn a $25,000 bonus if he is elected or selected for the All-Star team. Gibson was an All-Star in 2021.
Gibson was 10-8 with a 5.05 ERA in 31 starts for Philadelphia last season. He also pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in the postseason for the NL champions.
Baltimore gained another experienced arm as it looks to build on its surprising season. After losing 110 games the previous year, the Orioles contended for an AL wild card for much of the summer before finishing 83-79 for the franchise’s first winning record since 2016.
Gibson was an AL All-Star in 2021, going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 19 starts for Texas. He was traded to Philadelphia that July, and he went 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 12 appearances for the Phillies down the stretch.
The 6-foot-6 Gibson was selected by Minnesota in the first round of the 2009 amateur draft. He made his big league debut with the Twins in 2013.
He spent his first first seven seasons with Minnesota, going 67-68 with a 4.52 ERA in 193 games, including 188 starts. He had his best year in 2018, finishing with a career-low 3.62 ERA in a career-best 196 2/3 innings.
Gibson, who signed a $28 million, three-year contract with Texas in December 2019, is 89-91 with a 4.52 ERA in 267 major league games.