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It has always seemed that Reggie has had an impact on the game far greater than his stats would indicate. He truly has been "the straw that stirs the drink." Baseball fans, indeed all Americans, should pay heed. We do have a problem, and it isn't going away. Perhaps if more leaders, black and white, on or off the field, spoke out as eloquently as he does, progress could be made.
Keep on stirring, Reggie!
I commend your decision to get the views of Reggie Jackson on the topic of racism. I'm sure that many baseball people feel the same way but—wow!—he really hits the nail on the head. Having attended Abington High, Reggie's rival school in Abington, Pa., I never thought I could believe so strongly in the views and accomplishments—past, present and future—of someone from Cheltenham High. My hat's off to Reggie and his efforts.
I hope I win the lottery big so I can buy a major league baseball team, sell Reggie 15% of it and make him my president and general manager. Although his feats on the playing field will put him in the Hall of Fame, Reggie's greatest contributions to the game may come after his playing days are over.
High fives to Reggie for his eloquent depiction of the many ways racism continues to thrive in all walks of life. The solutions he offers are not only insightful but also long overdue. Perhaps some team in the major leagues will be fortunate enough to have this remarkable man at the helm.
Reggie, you said it all. Bravo!
Concerning your May 11 cover, "Reggie Speaks Out on Racism," it should have said, "Reggie Speaks Out for Reggie." Count the pronouns: There are 173 Ts, 31 me's and 17 my's for a total of 221 self-references in the five pages, but only 23 we's. An odd way to go about trying to promote the concept of we in major league baseball.
Regarding Reggie Jackson's bid for a front-office job: Judging by Reggie's attitude and his remarks over the years, the only attribute he has that qualifies him for the front office is that he's black.
Any team that hires a personality like him is asking for trouble. Hiring Reggie would be tokenism and appeasement at their worst.