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My Favorite Weird Baseball Promotions
My longtime friend Mike Green and I recently discussed the weirdest, strangest, most ridiculous promotions we could think of. Since we had collaborated on a biography of Charlie Finley, published last year by Walker and Co., we had a lot … Continue reading
Posted in Baseball, Charles O. Finley, History, Oakland A's, Sports Tagged 1960s, Bill Veeck, Charlie Finley, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, History, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Browns, Texas Rangers 1 Comment
Was the Kansas City A’s the Worst Team in the American League in the 1950s and 1960s?
Most people assign that distinction either to the old Washington Senators (3 pennants, 1 world championship in nearly 60 years) or to the St. Louis Browns (1 pennant in more than 50 years). While the Athletics enjoyed success in Philadelphia … Continue reading
Posted in Baseball, Charles O. Finley, Oakland A's Tagged Arnold Johnson, Baltimore Orioles, Bert Campaneris, Catfish Hunter, Connie Mack, Enos Slaughter, Joe Rudi, John E. Peterson, Kansas City A's, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Raph Terry, Reggie Jackson, Rick Monday, Riger Maris, Rollie Fingers, Sal Bando, Stuart Symington 5 Comments
Was Billy Martin the Most “Bad Ass” Baseball Manager of them All?
Former Braves manager Bobby Cox holds the record for most ejections from a Major League baseball game by a manager; he has 161 ejections. He surpassed former New York Giants manager John McGraw by 29 games; these are the only … 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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World Series Memories: The A’s versus the Dodgers 40 Years Ago
On October 12, 1974, forty years ago, the World Series opened with the Oakland A’s playing the Los Angeles Dodgers for the championship. It was a lackluster World Series, but both teams were superb. The A’s were the reigning champions … Continue reading
Posted in Baseball, Charles O. Finley, Oakland A's, Sports Tagged Bert Campaneris, Bill Russell, Catfish Hunter, Cincinnati Reds, Davy Lopes, Don Sutton, Herb “Hurricane” Washington, History, Joe Rudi, Ken Holtzman, Little Blue Bicycle, Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, National Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, New York Yankees, Oakland A's, Reggie Jackson, Rollie Fingers, Ron Cey, Sal Bando, Steve Garvey, The Big Red Machine, Vida Blue, World Series Leave a comment
The Beatles Come to Kansas City, Fifty Years Ago
Time flies. It seems like only yesterday, but it was actually 50 years ago. My colleague, Mike Green, and I published a biography of Charles O. Finley, owner of the Kansas City/Oakland A’s between 1960 and 1980 in the summer of 2010. … Continue reading
Posted in Baseball, Charles O. Finley, History, Oakland A's Tagged Beatles, Charles O. Finley, Rock and Roll, Rock Concerts 2 Comments
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
Posted in Baseball, Charles O. Finley, History, Sports Tagged 8 Men Out, American Association, American League, Black Sox, Charles Comiskey, Chicago White Sox, Chick Gandil, Eddie Cicotte, Eliot Asinof, John Sayles, St. Louis Browns, Tim Hornbaker, Turning the Black Sox White: The Misunderstood Legacy of Charles A. Comiskey, World Series 1 Comment
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
Posted in Baseball, Charles O. Finley, History, Oakland A's, Personal, Sports Tagged Al Kaline, American League East, Aurelio Rodriquez, baseball, Bert Campaneris, Bill Freehan, Bill North, Billy Martin, Blue Moon Odom, Bob Gibson, Boston Red Sox, Catfish Hunter, Charlie Finley, Darrold Knowles, Detroit Tigers, Dick Williams, Ed Brinkman, Jim Northrup, Joe Coleman, Joe Rudi, Ken Holtzman, Lerrin LaGrow, lightning in a bottle, McFarland and Co., Mickey Lolich, Nestor Chylak, Norm Cash, pennant races, Reggie Jackson, Rollie Fingers, Sal Bando, sports, St. Louis Cardinals, The 1972 Detroit Tigers: Billy Martin and the Half-Game Champs, Todd Masters, Vida Blue, Willie Horton, Woodie Fryman, World Series Leave a comment
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