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In a conversation with AL.com, MLB legend Reggie Jackson told the story of when the former Alabama head coach Bear Bryant attended one of his games with the minor league A's where he hit a pair of triples and "could run like a deer."

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I was getting changed, finishing a shower and putting my shirt on, Bear Bryant walked up to me and paid me a compliment. He said to the group, 'This is the just kind of [n-word] we need in order to compete with Bo [Schembelcher], Woody [Hayes], Ara [Parsegian] and Johnny [Robinson] … and Joe Paterno of Penn State. He meant it as a compliment. He said, 'If we don't get one of them, we won't be able to compete with them. ... I didn't know what to say.

I got called up to the major leagues and Bear Bryant came up to Chicago ... and watched me play my first game. Twenty-one years later when I retired I played my last game in Chicago and Bear Bryant came to see me play my last game. ... That friendship lasted until he passed, but that was the most impactful thing that happened to me in Rickwood Field.
(The Spun)
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Ccssp115 days
Back when both races knew what their place was
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Timeoday16 days
It is not the first time and it will not be the last. They just do not know when to stop.
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Here we go... "Saban-Denny Stadium".
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6R1216 days
I don't feel like hearing that crap tonight. Try another day
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Jedi17 days
So when is the bear statue coming down?
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TouchdownTony17 days
Here's another error in the story. Reggie said Bryant came to Chicago for his first major league game.

"Jackson debuted in the major leagues with the A's in 1967 in a Friday doubleheader in Kansas City on June 9, a shutout sweep of the Cleveland Indians by scores of 2–0 and 6–0 at Municipal Stadium." courtesy of Google.
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TouchdownTony17 days
Oh dear Lord, Bryant died in Jan 1983. Reggie retired in 1987. Reggie must be getting old.
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PeleofAnalytics17 days
And I am sure a lot of people's parents, grandparents and other relatives on here threw that word around as well. It was how it was back then. Doesn't mean there was some absolute evil behind every utterance of the word.
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6R1216 days
this narrative is getting worn out. you are right, it was what it was. Nobody is getting all lathered up about the cracker word............OMG I said a bad word. lol
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ItNeverRains16 days
Yeah but it’s a magic word now and has the ability to undo any good or success someone has bestowed upon society in the past.
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Unless I’m not comprehending correctly……Reggie said Bear attended his last game before he retired.

That would be a hell of an accomplishment. Bear died a few years before Reggie retired.
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RAB17 days
Bama fans thought Bryant could walk on water. I don’t know about that. But apparently he could call a proud black man the n-word and that man take it as a compliment. That’s another kind of incredible.
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Tasseo17 days
So what I'm hearing is context means everything, just like every word in a language, so stop letting a word paralyze you.
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cajunmud17 days
It paralyzes no one...it's all faux outrage. That's more profitable.
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cypresstiger17 days
Back when snowflakes didn’t scream at the sky
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qman9116 days
Back when calling a black man the n word was acceptable SMH
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narddogg8114 days
Listen to any rap song
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BobABooey17 days
This story is freaking r-worded.
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Jwils17 days
Ok.
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