50 Years of Oakland A’s Baseball
The one and only official Oakland A's 50th anniversary commemorative coffee table book
Foreword by Rickey Henderson
Preface by Billy Beane
Introduction by Pedro Gomez
Afterword by Billie Joe Armstrong
No other team can match the Oakland A’s when it comes to rich history and colorful characters—and it is all chronicled here in 50 Years of Oakland A’s Baseball.
This one-and-only official commemorative book celebrates a half century of one of the most iconic teams in all of sports. Rickey, Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, Campy, Vida, Eck, Stew, the Mustache Gang, the Bash Brothers, the Big Three, Billy Ball, Moneyball and so much more!
Featuring exclusive photos, memorabilia deep from the archives, and original essays, this definitive illustrated history is the ultimate keepsake and perfect gift for every A’s fan.
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Founded as a charter member of the American League in 1901, the A’s moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City in 1955 with five World Championships under their belt. In 1968, colorful owner Charlie O. Finley moved the team to Oakland, where the A’s quickly established themselves as one of MLB’s premier teams, winning three World Series in a row, including the Bay Area’s first professional championship in 1972.
The Eighties began with the Billy Ball era and ended with another World Series title, this time over the cross-bay rival Giants. The Moneyball era took shape during the late Nineties, and its influence continues to this day, with the A’s qualifying for postseason play eight times since 2000.