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The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball

Reggie Jackson

Reggie Jackson  was a lefthanded throwing outfielder who played 21 years in the majors (from 1967 to 1987), including 10 years with Oakland, 5 with the California Angels, 5 with the New York Yankees, and 1 with the Baltimore Orioles.  He finished with 563 home runs (13th all-time) and 1702 runs batted in (25th all-time). 

Jackson was the American League MVP and Major League Player of the Year on 1973, when batted .293 while leading the league in runs scored with 99, home runs with 32, and runs batted in with 117.  On the negative side,he lead the league in strikeouts 5 times, including 4 in a row from 1968 to 1971.  His 2597 total strikeouts are the most in baseball history, the result of a long career swinging for the fences.  

Jackson was at his best in post-season play, earning himself the nickname of Mr. October.  He was voted MVP of the 1973 World Series and the 1977 World Series.  In 27 World Series games over 5 seasons, he hit 10 home runs, drove in 24 runs, and had a .357 batting average.  He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993.

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