How the Oakland A's of the 1970s-- a revolutionary band of brawling Hall of Famers-- won 3 straight championships and knocked baseball into the modern age
The Oakland A's of the early 1970s were the most transformative team in baseball history. Never before had a whole organization so collectively distressed baseball's establishment with its extravagant habits and organisation choices, not to mention an indisputably winning record: 5 consecutive department titles and 3 straight championships. The drama that played out on the field was exceeded just by the drama in the clubhouse and front workplace. Those A's, with their garish uniforms and extravagant facial hair, redefined the game for coming generations.
Under the visionary management of owner Charles O. Finley, the team assembled such stars as Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, and Vida Blue. Finley served as his own general manager, his insatiable requirement for control dictating whatever from the playlist of the ballpark organist to the menu for the media lounge. Pervasive was his meddling that one of his managers, Cock Williams, stopped in the middle of the champion celebration following Oakland's Video game 7 triumph over the Mets in the 1973 World Series. The introduction of totally free agency spelled completion of Finley's reign; within 2 years, his dynasty was lost.
A stretching, brawling history of one of baseball's unforgettable teams, Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic is a paean to an unstable, wonderful time.