It’s a major piece of 20th century sports history. The jersey Reggie Jackson was wearing when he hit three home runs in the sixth and final game of the 1977 World Series is about to go on the auction block. He’s consigned it to SCP Auctions, which believes the jersey that ignited a mini-Yankees dynasty will sell for at least $500,000.
Jackson’s blasts, which validated owner George Steinbrenner’s decision to sign him to a big money free agent contract, propelled the Yankees to their first World Series title since 1962. He belted shots off Burt Hooten, Elias Sosa and Charlie Hough, sending the Yankee Stadium crowd into a frenzy after the final shot.
The jersey, a size 44, has Jackson’s last name and “77” stitched into the collar. It’s been in his possession ever since.
The performance still resounds as one of the greatest feats in baseball history.
Jackson, who will inscribe the jersey before it’s shipped off to the winning bidder, talked with USA Today about the auction, which opens April 10.