Charlie Finley the outrageous story of baseball"s super showman by G. Michael Green

Cover of: Charlie Finley | G. Michael Green

Published by Walker & Co. in New York .

Written in English

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  • Finley, Charles Oscar, -- 1918-,
  • Oakland Athletics (Baseball team) -- History,
  • Baseball team owners -- United States -- Biography

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references.

Book details

StatementG. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius.
ContributionsLaunius, Roger D.
LC ClassificationsGV865.F43 G74 2010
The Physical Object
Paginationp. cm.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL24029520M
ISBN 109780802717450
LC Control Number2010002645

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I may get Nancy Finley's book (her dad Carl was Charlie's cousin and was on the Athletics' sparsely-staffed front office in both KC and Oakland) to read a first-person account, but this one does a good job depicting a guy whose vision led to night games in the World Series and the designated hitter while his penuriousness led to arbitration and Cited by: 1.

One of the best baseball books I have read. Jason Turbows exhaustive research resulted in a great book into the inner workings of the legendary Oakland As of the 70s and their owner Charlie Finley and the entire cast from those great teams.

A fascinating read for any sports fan. I couldn't put the book down. Highly recommend/5(87). This is one of several biographies about Charlie Finley, whose life is so fascinating that such a book can hardly fail.

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Charlie Finley, American insurance executive and professional baseball club owner who was frequently involved in controversy with the commissioner of baseball, the American League, managers, and players.

His Oakland Athletics won three consecutive World Series (–74). Finley was a farm boy who. This book bursts with fresh material, vibrant characters, and important historical insight. It's a flat-out winner.”—Jonathan Eig “I can't imagine that anyone could have done a better job describing the life of Charlie Finley than Michael Green and Roger Launius.

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Jason Turbow's new book, "Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, And Charlie Finley's Swingin' A's," reminds us how that team changed baseball but then burned out and busted up. From this point forward, whenever the players union needed a symbolic bogeyman, Charlie Finley was generally around to stand in.

Finley’s four-year lease at Municipal Stadium ended in This time Finley had laid the groundwork for his escape by quietly gathering the votes of his fellow American League owners.

In an excerpt from his new book Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic, Jason Turbow details the story of Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley, Catfish Hunter and how he became baseball's first real free agent. CHARLIE FINLEY: THE OUTRAGEOUS STORY OF BASEBALL’S SUPER SHOWMAN By G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius Walker & Co., $27 pages.

Charles Oscar Finley was perhaps the most universally Author: Paul Dickson. Charlie Finley mistreated others--most others. Charlie Finley was mistreated by most members of the owners' clique, the commissioner, and some unprofessional members of the media (aka anyone who clung onto the owners' clique).

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VERDICT An exciting and engrossing book with stories that are worth : HMH Books. Drawing on interviews with dozens of Finley's players, family members, and colleagues, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius present "Baseball's Super Showman" (Time magazine's description of Finleyon the cover of an August issue) in all his contradictions: generous yet vengeful, inventive yet destructive.

The stories surrounding him are. Charles Finley passed away on Aug in Maryville, Tennessee. Funeral Home Services for Charles are being provided by Smith Funeral & Cremation : "His middle name was Oscar, but he said it's Charles O., for owner, Finley," says Dick Williams, manager of the World Champion Oakland A's of andon ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

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This undated image shows former Oakland Athletics owner Charlie Finley. She's Nancy Finley. And if the last name sounds familiar, it should evoke. The book tells a story of politicians railroading, journalists carping, and owners sniping.

Charlie Finley cultivated a me-against-the-world narrative. It eventually became a self-fulfilling prophecy, and like most battles between an individual and the mob, the mob eventually, and unsurprisingly, won.

Jason’s storytelling vividly captures the cast of characters that made up the Athletics of the 70’s, starting with their ringleader, Charlie Finley. The stories of those memorable teams come to life in the pages of this fascinating book." – Billy Beane, executive vice president of. Charlie Finley was a galaxy of American ethos.

Finley, who died inappreciated incongruity. He'd love the fact the book was written by G. Michael Green—a strategic planner at NASA—and. Charles Oscar Finley, Jr.

MICHIGAN CITY, IN - Charles Oscar Finley, Jr., 74, of Michigan City, passed away peacefully at a.m., Thursday, March 8, at. The Baseball Hall of Fame needs to make room for TWO Finleys: Charlie, the long-time owner of the Oakland A's, and cousin Carl, the one-time high school principal who became his confidante and Author: Dan Schlossberg.

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Beatles Blog. The week of AugCharlie Finley was on the cover of Time Magazine and his orange baseballs were featured in the article. A mechanical rabbit that would pop up behind home plate and deliver new balls to the umpire and was named "Harvey," at the A's home ballparks in Kansas City and Oakland.

Overall, a good book on Charlie Finley, his ownership of the Swingin A's and the team's core ultimately breaking up through free agency and bitterness toward Finley. The book pales slightly compared to Bill Madden's "Steinbrenner," but then again, Finley paled somewhat in outrageousness with The Boss.4/5(1).

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Finley purchased the franchise while it was located in Kansas City, moving it to Oakland in He is also known as a short-lived owner of the. Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s by Jason Turbow The Oakland A’s of the early s: Never before had an entire organization so collectively traumatized baseball’s establishment with its outlandish behavior and business decisions.

“Charlie O' the Mule was a famous mule. He's probably the most famous mule that ever lived. He had a book, a TV show, a record,” says Jeff Logan president of the Kansas City Baseball History.

“People love the mule because you could ride the mule. You could go out to the stadium and Charlie Finley would ride the mule with you.”.

Finley is more enjoyable if you read the book first (in my opinion). All in all, it was a good listen, the narrator Charlie David is amazing.

Overall. Charlie Finley. Bats: Unknown • Throws: Unknown Born: Febru Full Name: Charles Oscar Finley More bio, uniform, draft, salary info. Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic: Reggie, Rollie, Catfish, and Charlie Finley’s Swingin’ A’s (Hardcover) By Jason Turbow.

Email or call for price. Hard to Find. Staff Reviews. At long last, a book about the A’s. And not just any A’s, but the rowdy championship team of the ’s. From the drama behind the scenes and on the field to.

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Charles O. Finley, Self: Greats of the Game. Charles O. Finley was born on Febru in Ensley, Alabama, USA as Charles Oscar Finley. He was married to Shirley McCartney. He died on Febru in Chicago, Illinois, : Charles O. Finley. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman by Roger D.

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Above: Owner Charlie Finley (center) and his mainly mustachioed crew. Who wants a mustache ride? *Sorry* Facial hair aside, the Oakland A's of the early s were dominant. The team one back to back to back World Series in '72, '73, and '74 before losing the American League pennant to the Red Sox in '  Recently, I came across a book titled, “Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball’s Super Showman,” by G.

Michael Green and Roger D. Launius, a couple of Washington D.C. sabermetricians.Charlie Finley, often referred to as Charlie O., a name he shared with his mule, was an American original.

He was one of baseball’s most innovative and visionary owners but quite often an embarrassment to the game. The people of Kansas City were also embarrassed by him.

Even bringing the Beatles to KC would win him no love.

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