When Charlie Finley bought the A's in 1960, he was an outsider to the game-an insurance businessman with a larger-than-life personality. He brought his cousin Carl on as his right-hand man, moved the team from Kansas City to Oakland, and pioneered a new way to put together a winning team. With legendary players like Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Vida Blue, the Finleys' Oakland A's won three straight World Series and riveted the nation. Now Carl Finley's daughter Nancy reveals the whole story behind her family's winning legacy-how her father and uncle developed their scouting strategy, why they employed odd gimmicks like orange baseballs and "mustache bonuses," and how the success of the '70s Oakland A's changed the game of baseball.
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by Nancy Marie Brown
by Mel C. Miskimen
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"Nancy Finley tells what she sees as the story--or rather, stories--behind the dynasty that was the Oakland A's in the early 1970s. Narrator Pam Ward uses gruff voices for the men involved and clear diction throughout. Her animated narration keeps the stories fun. The author is the daughter of Carl Finley, owner Charlie Finley's cousin and confidant from the time the team was purchased in Kansas City through the years in Oakland. Her view of events is, of course, from a familial perspective. Her disgust for the media, which is not even thinly veiled, gets a bit tiresome, but Ward's reading gives decent glimpses of the colorful team owner. M.B. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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