Hall of Fame slugger, onetime California Angel and Naked Gun robotic Queen-killing machine Reggie Jackson is being sued in Santa Ana's Orange County Superior Court for allegedly stiffing a former business manager who now wants nearly $750,000.
"Mr. October" made an oral, lifetime agreement in 2002 to employ Frank Perry, pay Perry 10 percent from gross sales of memorabilia and 15 percent of gross earnings from book sales, endorsements, speaking engagements and movie and business deals, according to the suit.
Oh, and Perry adds he's been due $5,600 a month to run Jackson's "The Mr. October Foundation for Kids."
Jackson, who loves speaking with reporters (just ask anyone still scarred from covering him on the A's, Yankees or Halos), was unavailable for comment.
Perry claims he passed up other employment opportunities because Jackson repeatedly demanded "100 percent" of the business manager's focus be on the outfielder.
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"The truth was that Reggie Jackson did not intend to have Perry work for him for his entire life," read court documents filed on Perry's behalf by his Irvine attorney, Mark Mazda. "Reggie Jackson just wanted to use Perry as a traveling companion, a servant, and someone that he could continually vent to, and he did not intend to have Perry work for his entire life."
Jackson fired Perry in the spring of 2009, breaching their oral contract that the business manager be paid for life. The suit seeks damages of $742,000.
Would that be a dollar for every career strikeout? (No wonder Jackson hates reporters.)