Great Baseball Moments- Reggie Jackson’s 1971 All-Star Game Home Run- at Tiger Stadium.
Reggie Jackson was one of those players who loved the big moments- he gave fans a lot of memories in the playoffs and World Series- giving him the nickname of Mr. October. One of his first ‘signature’ moments happened in the 1971 All- Star Game- at Tiger Stadium. The American League hadn’t won an All-Star Game since 1962. The National League went into the bottom of the 3rd with a 3-0 lead. The Pirates Dock Ellis had started the game pitching for the NL- and was still pitching in the third inning when Luis Aparicio singled. Reggie Jackson came into the game as a pinch-hitter for the AL’s starting pitcher VIda Blue. What followed was one of the most memorable moments in All- Star Game history- as Reggie smashes a ball off of the light tower in right-center field. The AL scores 4 that inning and end up breaking their losing streak in the All-Star Game winning 6-4. It would be the only American League All-Star Game victory in a 20 year period. From 1963-82 the National League dominated going 19 -1.