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Charley Finley of the A’s Won It All, Then Lost Even More
Baseball and Football

Charley Finley of the A’s Won It All, Then Lost Even More

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.

No Other Pitcher Won 300 Games With Just a Fastball
Baseball and Football

No Other Pitcher Won 300 Games With Just a Fastball

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.

Charley Finley of the A’s Was One of the Most Controversial, Complex Owners in Baseball
Baseball and Football

Charley Finley of the A’s Was One of the Most Controversial, Complex Owners in Baseball

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.