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A one-stop record containing everything A's fans want to know about their favorite baseball team, this resource is packed with anecdotes, history, explanations of traditions, statistics, trivia, and photos.

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A one-stop record containing everything A's fans want to know about their favorite baseball team, this resource is packed with anecdotes, history, explanations of traditions, statistics, trivia, and photos.

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Meet the Author

Steven Travers is a sports historian and sportswriter who is the bestselling author of numerous books—including One Night, Two Teams and Barry Bonds—and has also written for StreetZebra magazine, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Los Angeles Times. He is a former professional baseball player with Major League Baseball teams the St. Louis Cardinals and the Oakland Athletics. He lives in San Anselmo, California. Billy Beane is a former MLB player and the general manager and minority owner of the Oakland A's.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     vii
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction: A Father and a Son; a Game and a Team     x
Mr. Mack     1
Rube and Mack's First Champions     6
Baseball's First Dynasty     11
A Rube by Any Other Name     15
Yankee Killers     21
Hawk     27
Charlie O.     33
They Weren't That Wild about Harry     39
Williams Would Be in the Hall if He'd Been in New York     44
Cap'n Sal     48
Jax     53
The First "Louisiana Lightning"     59
The "Mustache Gang"     64
The Hairs versus the Squares     70
Reggie Takes Charge     76
A Rare Thing     82
The Price of Respect     86
Son of a Preacher Man     92
Catfish     97
Silent Joe     102
"It's Hold 'Em Rollie Fingers Time"     106
Billy Ball     110
Completing What They Started     114
Hot Dog     119
The "Bash Brothers"     123
Jose     129
October 1989     132
"Big Mac"     137
Stew     143
Shakespeare's Closer     146
The Clubhouse Lawyer     150
A King Walked among Us     154
Hey, We All Know about Jason Giambi     158
Hudson and the A's Had the Time of Their Lives     162
Mulder Stepped Up     168
Zito     173
Miguel Tejada     179
Boy Genius     183
2005-2006: A New Era     189
Answers to Trivia Questions     196
Athletics All-Time Roster     199
Notes     220
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  • Posted November 6, 2014

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    A great read for any A's or Giants fan! A's Essential is a grea

    A great read for any A's or Giants fan!
    A's Essential is a great read for any A's or Giants fan-All the details of the Earthquake World Series and Tony LaRussa's relationships with his players are covered in this great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Great book

    This book has all the history, statistics, and fun facts that you'll ever need to be a true A's fan.

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