Charles O. Finley, owner of the Kansas City/Oakland A’s was one of the most innovative owners ever. But his biggest changes were unintentional, driven by his ego and greed, and they forced him out of baseball.
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You don’t hear much about Lefty Grove today, but players who hit against him, and have seen everybody since, say he was the fastest pitcher ever. He was colorful too.
Charles O. Finley was the most innovative baseball owners since Bill Veeck. His two most important, lasting changes were accidents that forced him out of baseball: he was the first to lose a star player in salary arbitration and another star to free agency. A career insurance salesman with no baseball experience, he also took a team of perennial losers and, as his own general manager, won three straight World Championships with players he developed in his farm system. Only Connie Mack, owner/general manager of the Philadelphia A’s, a lifelong baseball man, matched that achievement.