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He began 1967 with the Birmingham A's in the Double-A Southern League in Birmingham, Alabama, where Jackson got his first taste of racism, being one of only a few blacks on the team.He credits the team's manager at the time, John Mc Namara, for helping him through that difficult season.Jackson graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1964, where he excelled in football, basketball, baseball, and track and field.A tailback in football, he injured his knee in an early season game in his junior year in the fall of 1962.Jackson later said that the sportswriters were claiming he was "dating a lady named 'Ruth Maris.'" That off-season, Jackson sought an increase in salary, and Athletics owner Charlie O. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn successfully intervened in their dispute, but Jackson's numbers in 1970 dropped sharply, as he hit just 23 home runs while batting .237.
He also helped the California Angels win two AL West divisional pennants in 19.
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.
One day after football practice, he approached ASU baseball coach Bobby Winkles and asked if he could join the team.
Winkles said he would give Jackson a look, and the next day while still in his football gear, he hit a home run on the second pitch he saw; in five at bats he hit three home runs.
Jackson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993. October" for his clutch hitting in the postseason with the Athletics and the Yankees.