Reggie Jackson, saying he will not return next season as a player, punctuated his final game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum last night with a base hit and waves and kisses to a standing, cheering crowd.
Jackson, 41, said he wasn't making an official announcement of his retirement after 20 seasons, but he left no doubt about his intentions of quitting.
"This was my last at-bat," he said. "I'd like to be around next year, but it won't be as a player."
He has said he is considering a coaching or management role with the club, or possibly becoming a part-owner of the team.
If this, indeed, was Jackson's final game at the Coliseum, where he starred in 1968-75, he made the most of it in an emotional moment for the players and fans.
"He's the only player I've ever managed who brought tears to my eyes," Oakland Manager Tony La Russa said after watching Jackson chop a single up the middle while pinch-hitting in the eighth inning.
Jackson was the American League's most valuable player in 1973. His career high for home runs in a season was 47 in 1968. Jackson led the league in homers in 1975, 1980 and 1982.
Boggs Has Surgery
American League batting leader Wade Boggs of the Boston Red Sox underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee yesterday and will miss the final week of the season, team physician Arthur Pappas said.
Boggs, who is batting .363, should be ready for spring training, Pappas said.
Flight Is Aborted
The Toronto Blue Jays' flight from Toronto to Windsor, Ontario, last night was aborted shortly after takeoff when a bird was sucked into one of the plane's engines.
As the plane was leaving the ground, passengers reported hearing a thump and a seeing a flare of flame from an engine on the right side. Five minutes later, the pilot announced the plane was returning to Pearson International airport for "precautionary reasons."