Sports | September 18, 2022 6:02 am

Reggie Jackson’s Childhood Home Could Be Destroyed

The house is located north of Philadelphia

Reggie Jackson, 1978
Reggie Jackson. Los Angeles, CA. March 1, 1978.
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What happens to the home of a baseball great years after they lived there? Some, such as the homes of Jackie Robinson and Lou Gehrig, have embraced their roles in the sport’s history, with visual cues and even signage reflecting the sporting legends who once resided there. The childhood home of another Hall of Fame player who spent plenty of time in New York City, however, might not be so lucky.

As Adam Clark reports for NJ.com, the house in which Reggie Jackson grew up could be demolished in order to make room for a parking lot. According to the article, the house in Cheltenham Township, situated north of Philadelphia, was purchased by developers with plans to raze the structure. It sounds like it’s been a while since the home was occupied — Clark described the house as “long vacant” in the article.

Matt Sigel, head of the company whose affiliate purchased both the house and a nearby office complex, stated that he hoped to acknowledge the building’s history in some form. Sigel described wanting to “host some form of recognition for the Jackson Property” in an email sent to NJ.com.

The house is located within a historic district, which could have an effect on the presence of any potential signage. Regardless of the future of the building, a nod to the region’s connection to baseball history would be welcome.