Baseball Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, an Abington native and Cheltenham High School graduate, showed his support of the Little League World Series by stopping by and interacting with baseball fans who arrived for the event from around the country, writes Jon Bergmueller for The Lewistown Sentinel.
The New York Yankees legend nicknamed “Mr. October” arrived in Williamsport after visiting Bald Birds Brewing in Jersey Shore.
He attended a memorabilia signing event at the Liberty Arena, where he took the opportunity to marvel at the rural beauty of his home state.
He recalled growing up in Abington as a young athlete from a poor family. When he left for college, it was on a football scholarship, before eventually switching to baseball.
“We always needed money,” he said. “It was good for me to leave college and get in the draft.”
Jackson also said he hopes investment continues to be put in baseball, especially for the youth.
“Baseball should be an obligation to promote,” he said. “I want to help. We need to have more minorities in the field and as managers.”
Read more about Reggie Jackson in The Lewistown Sentinel.
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