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Posted January 1, 2003
This book doesn't just delve into the history of Charlie Finley's World Championship teams, but gives the reader a flavor as to what baseball was like in the early 1970s--blockbuster trades, colorful uniforms, wild promotions, the beginnings of free agency, and an entertaining game on the field, with some great playoffs and World Series. Certainly, a fan of the A's will enjoy this book, but even fans of other teams will likely find themselves entertained by the whirlwind of activity in the early 1970s. The coverage of the 1972 season is particularly good; that season was like a revolving door for the A's, with new names and old stars entering the clubhouse for the first time on a nearly day-by-day basis. And that year really marked the start of Oakland's clubhouse becoming a turbulent, hot-tempered place, where players, coaches, and eventually, Charlie Finley, clashed with each other. One of the hidden gems of this book is the index, which is like a "Who's Who of Baseball" in the early 1970s. Want to find out more about a Rico Carty, or a Denny McLain, or the Alou brothers? The book provides colorful capsules of each of them--along with information on A's mainstays like Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Campy Campaneris, Vida Blue, and Rollie Fingers. This book has great detail and is a lot of fun.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.