These were the heroes who owned the summers of the 1960s.
Norm Siebern and Reggie Jackson.
Jerry Lumpe and Catfish Hunter.
Jack Aker and Sal Bando.
Bert Campaneris and Blue Moon Odom.
During the summers of the 1960s, the heroes of Kansas City (and later, Oakland) wore Athletics uniforms. On their best days (which were, admittedly, too few), they were entertaining and inspiring. They smote hated rivals and sent their best to the All-Star game, in the decade when that mid-summer classic moved under the lights … and into prime time.
On their worst days, these Athletics heroes broke our hearts, squandering late-inning leads and pre-season hopes … but they never lost our devotion.
They were the heroes of our youth. Now their stories are collected in
Athletics Heroes: Remembering the Kansas City Athletics Who Helped Make the 1960s Baseball’s Real Golden Age.
The book profiles the best (and a few of the worst) of the Kansas City Athletics of the 1960s. In all, there are 75 profiles of the infielders, outfielders, catchers and pitchers who played for the Kansas City A’s in the 1960s.
Do you remember …
The right-handed workhorse who, at age 22, pitched the first perfect game in the American League since 1922? (page 90)
The All-Star right fielder who once drove in 10 runs in a single game? (page 46)
The knuckle-baller who won 16 games in 1959 and again in 1960 … nearly a fourth of the team’s victories each season? (page 81)
The five-time All-Star shortstop who led the American League in stolen bases 6 times? (page 12)
The only A’s pitcher to post a winning record each season from 1962 to 1964? (page 120)
The third baseman who was also the team’s clubhouse poet? (page 16)
The relief pitcher who set a new major league record for saves in 1966? (page 76)
The All-Star first baseman who won a Gold Glove his rookie season? (page 28)
The slugging first baseman-outfielder who was handed free agency when he publicly insulted the team’s owner? (page 22)
The slugger who closed out his playing career with the A’s, but was twice their manager (and won a pennant with another team in-between managing tours of duty with the A’s)? (page 34)
Their stories are here. Enjoy the memories.
Softcover edition: $9.99
Kindle edition: $3.99