REGGIE ‘MR. OCTOBER’ JACKSON’S LEGENDARY GAME How’s That for Odds?
“I feel that the most important requirement in success is learning to overcome failure. You must learn to tolerate it, but never accept it.” –Reggie Jackson Some people shine brightest in the spotlight. When put to the test, they deliver every time. Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson is one of those people. During the sixth game of the 1977 World Series, Jackson hit three home runs in a row, securing the Yankees’ victory over the Dodgers and winning them their 21st World Series title. The legendary playoff game also earned Jackson the nickname “Mr. October,” which has stuck to this day. Like many stories of greatness, Jackson’s featured a lot of hard work behind the scenes. He dedicated himself to his sport and constantly worked to improve his play. Growing up, Jackson played baseball, basketball, and football and excelled at all three, though football was his strong suit. He was scouted and given opportunities to go pro straight out of high school, but, on the advice of his father, he went to college on a football scholarship. Thanks to a $5 bet, he tried out for the baseball team at Arizona State University and made it. Jackson was
the first black person on the team, and, even though he experienced discrimination, he never let it stop him. From the minor leagues into the majors, Jackson’s ambition got him through many tough times, as did the constant support of his father and of Oakland A’s manager John McNamara.
Jackson always dreamed of playing for New York, and, eventually, his dream came true when he signed with the New York Yankees in 1976.
To this day, Jackson holds many prominent records, including being the first player to earn more than 100 home runs for three different teams (the A’s, Yankees, and Angels). He even has his own candy bar, the “Reggie! Bar,” which debuted during a Yankees game in 1978. Let’s see if any of this year’s playoff games stir up as much excitement as Reggie Jackson’s did in his heyday.
Enjoy All Springfield Has to Offer This Halloween RACES, COOKIES, AND MAZES
Celebrate Halloween weekend with minimal tricks and plenty of treats at these Springfield events!
Halloween spirit, but don’t miss the Halloween weekend event, when the spooks and scares are ramped up! From 4–7 p.m., families can enjoy mild, fun scares for the kids of all ages, while adults and older children should prepare for absolute terror from 7–9 p.m. This event is wheelchair- accessible, but strollers are not allowed. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.com.
KatieMade Spooky Cookie Decorating Class When: Oct. 26 and 27 at 1:30 p.m. Where: The Kitchen at Homegrown Food Admission: $42–$45
Halloween Hustle When: Oct. 26 at 9 a.m.
Who knew scary could be so delicious? Learn how to impress guests and cookie lovers alike with
Where: City Utilities, Springfield Admission: $10–$25 depending on age, distance, and registration
hand-iced sugar cookies. Attendees will roll out and bake cookies, learn techniques for perfect decorating with icing, and practice on a variety of spooky-shaped cookies. This two-day event is intended for those who are 13 years old or older, but you can teach younger kids with the new skills you gain! Learn more and register online at KatieMadeIt.com.
Instead of racing through Halloween weekend in fear, run for charity! Springfield’s City Utilities will host its annual Halloween Hustle to benefit a local charity, and this year’s beneficiary is Harmony House. As Springfield’s only domestic abuse shelter, Harmony House provides resources and education to
Indoor Halloween Maze When: Oct. 25 from 4–9 p.m. Where: Creepin’ at the Crossroads, 107 S. Main St., Nixa Admission: $5 before the event, $7 at the door
survivors, their families, and the community. Every penny made from this event will benefit the house. Attendees of all ages can choose from a 5K or 10K race. Search for The Halloween Hustle on Facebook to learn more.
All throughout October, Creepin’ at the Crossroads will be hosting an indoor maze designed to get you in the
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