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TAMPA FL- MARCH 2: Former New York Yankees HOF Reggie Jackson waves to the crowd prior to the start of the Spring Training Game against the Detroit Tigers on March 2, 2016 during the Spring Training Game at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Happy birthday, Reggie Jackson! The baseball legend turns 74 today.

In honor, here are five fun facts about Jackson, plus some career highlights!

He actually wanted to be a football player.

Reggie Jackson started out in life wanting to be a professional football player, but after numerous injuries, he gravitated to baseball. His early days on the baseball field also brought some injuries, but when he finally got going, there was no question he would be an incredible baseball player.

Over the years, he hit more than 500 home runs.

To be exact, Jackson hit 563 career home runs over the course of his career. Wow!

He could have hit a baseball as far as 650 feet.

During the famed the 1971 All-Star Game, Jackson hit the ball over the upper deck at Tiger Stadium. It fell to the ground after hitting the transformer, but Wayne State University physicists estimated the homer would have traveled 650 feet if the transformer had not been there.

He was also a movie and TV star.

Jackson earned a name for himself on the field, and then, off the field by appearing in movies and TV programs such as “MacGuyver,” “Malcom in the Middle” and “The Naked Gun.”

He earned a big first in professional baseball.

Jackson was the first player in major league history to amass 100 or more home runs for three different clubs — The A’s, Yankees and Angels — according to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at [email protected]!