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Jack Reed Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: February 02, 1933 in Silver City, Mississippi
Died: November 10, 2022 in Greenville, Mississippi
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Baseball Career:
First Game: April 23, 1961; Final Game: September 28, 1963
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 0" Weight: 185

Jack Reed
This article was written by Thomas Van Hyning and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

John (Jack) Burwell Reed played the outfield in the regular and post-season for the fabled 1961 New York Yankees, and contributed to their pennant-winning efforts in 1962 and 1963. He was Mickey Mantle’s defensive replacement for most of these three seasons.  Jack was a terrific high school/college athlete in Mississippi, winning the state quarter-mile run title as a high school senior in 1950, and starting at safety for the 1952-53 University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels football team. Jack Reed is one of only four intercollegiate student-athletes to play in a major college football bowl game and World Series contest, having done so in the January 1, 1953, Sugar Bowl, when Ole Miss played Georgia Tech; then, playing in three 1961 World Series games, for the New York Yankees versus the Cincinnati Reds. His only major-league home run, a 22nd-inning game-winner, was hit in Detroit on June 24, 1962, in the longest game in New York Yankees history, both in time (7 hours) and length (22 innings).

Jack Reed was born in a Vicksburg, Mississippi, hospital on February 2, 1933, to Burwell Swayze Reed, a farmer, and Hallie Slaughter Reed. Jack’s dad owned a 2,000-acre plantation in Silver City, a small Mississippi Delta town in Humphreys County.

Jack and his siblings—James and Nancey—grew up on the family’s plantation, six miles from Belzoni, the county seat. Jack’s favorite big-league team, the St. Louis Cardinals, played back-to-back World Series versus the 1942 and 1943 Yankees, when Jack was 9 and 10 years old. Cardinals’ games could be heard on local radio stations throughout the Deep South in the 1940s. Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox was Jack’s favorite major league player. Jack enjoyed watching Ole Miss football and baseball games. One of his all-time favorite athletes was Charlie Conerly—the future New York Giants star quarterback—who starred on the 1942 and 1946-47 Ole Miss football teams, and was a fine Ole Miss baseball player.

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