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Robert Rubino connects current sports news with the past

Dick Williams, R.I.P.

Hall of Fame manager Dick Williams died Thursday at 82.  Williams has to hold a special spot in the memories of old-school Oakland A’s fans. When he guided the A’s to the 1972 World Series championship, it was the first major pro sports title in the Bay Area. Then he did it again in 1973. He was the only manager to work for irascible owner Charlie Finley for more than two consecutive seasons. But Williams did something else even more… Read More »

Chuck Tanner’s Oakland A’s

Chuck Tanner, who died Friday at 82, is known for managing the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to a World Series championship. But I like to remember him for his one season managing the Oakland Athletics. The A’s had won five straight division titles under Dick Williams and Alvin Dark when Charlie Finley hired Tanner for the 1976 season. Finley had just traded Reggie Jackson to the Baltimore Orioles, but Tanner still managed to win 87 games. More interestingly, he led one… Read More »

A’s should go beyond Wall of Fame

Sure, the Oakland Athletics honor their Hall of Famers by displaying their names and retired numbers — Hunter, Fingers, Jackson, Eckersley and Rickey Henderson. But there are A’s players who may not be Hall of Famers but who contributed greatly to the team’s illustrious history. An Oakland A’s Wall of Fame would certainly include Bert Campaneris, the base-stealing shortstop and leadoff sparkplug of the A’s three consecutive World Series championship teams, 1972-74; and Vida Blue, the American League’s MVP and… Read More »

Top 5 A’s home openers

In a countdown to the 2010 baseball season, Old School  blog will run brief descriptions of the most significant home openers in the history of the Oakland A’s and SF Giants — one a day, a total of five for each team. Let’s start with the A’s: No. 5. April 17, 1981. Seattle Mariners at Oakland A’s. Paid attendance 50,255. This was the first A’s home game in which the team wasn’t owned by Charlie Finley. It marked the beginning… Read More »