*According to the New York Post, baseball legend Reggie Jackson‘s autobiography is a tell-all book that will be one to remember; full of stories that we may already be familiar with, but from his viewpoint.
The Post mentions one story in particular the book touches on; and that is how Jackson wasn’t drafted by the Mets with the top pick in 1966. Jackson says that he was obviously the best choice, but he was overlooked due to racism and his college coach, Bobby Winkles, confirmed it.
“A day or two before the draft, Bobby Winkles sat me down and told me, ‘You’re probably not gonna be the No. 1 pick. You’re dating a Mexican girl, and the Mets think you will be a problem,’ ” Jackson writes. “‘They think you’ll be a social problem because you are dating out of your race … you’re colored, and they don’t want that,” Winkles said. Instead, the Mets took Steve Chilcott as the first overall pick that year.
Some may wonder if there is any truth to what Jackson is saying or should we take it with a grain of salt.