Category Archives: Charles O. Finley

Wednesday’s Book Review: “Turning the Black Sox White”


Turning the Black Sox White: The Misunderstood Legacy of Charles A. Comiskey. By Tim Hornbaker. New York: Sports Publishing, 2014. The dominant interpretation of Charles Comiskey was established for most in the United States by  Eliot Asinof in his 1963 … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The 1972 Detroit Tigers”


The 1972 Detroit Tigers: Billy Martin and the Half-Game Champs. By Todd Masters. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2010. The Detroit Tigers were an unlikely victor in the American League East in 1972. Viewed by almost everyone at the start … Continue reading

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Does the MLB Commissioner Have the Right to Overturn Owner’s Trades/Sales/Deals?


The question above is one that many people have debated during the last couple of weeks as the Miami Marlins and the Toronto Blue Jays undertook a megadeal that swapped several star players for top prospects. In mid-November 2012 the Marlins … Continue reading

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Five MLB Teams that Should Have Been in the Minor Leagues


When a player does not perform to a level that the team he plays for demands he typically is sent back to the minor leagues for more training, rehabilitation, etc., or is released outright. Too bad we can’t do that … Continue reading

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Bill Veeck and Charlie Finley: What About MLB Hall of Fame Enshrinement?


  Bill Veeck Bill Veeck and Charlie Finley are two of the most interesting, original, and provocative owners in Major League Baseball. Both had adept promotional skills, and remarkably similar beliefs, yet observers of the game have assigned them remarkably … Continue reading

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My Favorite Weird Baseball Promotions


My longtime friend Mike Green and I attended the Nationals-Orioles game on Saturday afternoon—I loved the fact that the Nats won 4-2—and we began talking about the weirdest, strangest, most ridiculous promotions we could think of. Since we had collaborated … Continue reading

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What are the Best World Series You Remember?


I have five World Series that I have loved for many years. Without question, number one for me was 1969 when the New York Mets captured the championship by beating the highly favored Baltimore Orioles in five games. The Miracle … Continue reading

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Tales of Charlie O.


Since Mike Green and I published a biography of Charlie Finley, owner of the Kansas City/Oakland A’s between 1960 and 1980 in the summer of 2010, we have enjoyed the comments of a lot of people who have contacted us … Continue reading

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Was Billy Martin the Most “Bad Ass” Baseball Manager of them All?


The fact that both Joe Madden of the Tampa Bay Rays and Ron Gardenhire of the Minnesota Twins were ejected in playoff games on the same day is a bit unusual. It also made for entertaining video. But it reminded … Continue reading

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Good Charlie/Bad Charlie: What Made Charlie Finley Tick?


Charles O. Finley, the owner of the Kansas City/Oakland A’s between 1960 and 1980, had a public persona as one of the dark princes of Major League Baseball. He engaged in manipulation, connivance, and cajolery for what he wanted, and … Continue reading

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