Ted, Grand Rapids, MI
Subj: Baseball prodigies
Hey Ryan, is it true that Reggie Jackson was “discovered” while he was still in grade school?
That’s correct, Ted. Mr. October began playing softball in his backyard when he was seven-years-old and by the time he was 11 Jackson had become so dominant that his reputation began to spread beyond his hometown of Wyncote, Pennsylvania. That year, while playing in a sandlot with his friends, he was approached by a scout from the New York Giants named Chick Genovese. Genovese gave Jackson his card and told him to look him up in a few years. Jackson never forgot about the incident and his brief encounter with Genovese helped inspire him to follow his dreams throughout high school and college.