Jackson's first season with the Yankees in was a difficult one. The Athletics sent him to play in Puerto Ricowhere he played for the Santurce team and hit 20 homers and knocked in 47 runs to lead the league in both departments. Jackson and Steinbrenner would reconcile, and Steinbrenner would hire him as a "special assistant to the principal owner", making Jackson a consultant and a liaison to the team's players, particularly the minority players.
It didn't seem likely that a raw, year-old rookie could crack the rotation. Jackson expanded his love of antique cars into a chain of auto dealerships in California, and used his contacts to become one of the foremost traders of sports memorabilia.
In the sixth inning, after collecting an RBI single, Jackson was struck in the hip—possibly on purpose—by a ball thrown by Dodger shortstop Bill Russell as Jackson was being forced at second base.
Even his hitting was exceptional. On June 18, in a 10—4 loss to the Boston Red Sox in a nationally televised game at Fenway Park in Boston, Jim Ricea powerful hitter but notoriously slow runner, hit a ball into shallow right field that Jackson appeared to weakly attempt to field.
In the third inning of that seventh game, which ended in a 5—2 score, the A's jumped out to a 4—0 lead as both Bert Campaneris and Jackson hit two-run home runs off Jon Matlack —the only two home runs Oakland hit the entire Series. His legacy with the Red Sox, still lives on, though.
Jackson became a free-agent again once the season was over. At the conclusion of his delivery, he would deftly slip his left hand into the glove and be ready to field the ball.
By this point, the Yankees, long noted for being slow to adapt to changes in race relationshave come to develop many minority players in their farm system and seek out others via trades and free agency.
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He maintained that the problem was that his fastball started to lose velocity fairly early in his career and it was too big an adjustment to go from power to finesse.