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But those A's, with their garish uniforms and outlandish facial hair, redefined soon virtually every aspect of the game for coming generations. Under the visionary leadership of Charles O. Finley, the team assembled such luminary figures as Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, and Vida Blue. Finley acted as his own general manager and, with an insatiable need for control, dictated everything from the playlist of the ballpark organist to the menu for the media lounge. The advent of free agency spelled the end of Finley's reign; within two years his dynasty was lost.
A sprawling, brawling history of one of the game's most unforgettable teams, Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic is a paean to a turbulent yet magical time.
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By William G. Stuart on 03-25-17
Great History Book
What did you like best about this story?
I lived through the A's dynasty, beginning as a young teen. I didn't appreciate the total lack of community support in Oakland, the depth of talent that Finley and his scouts discovered or that the A's sported baseball's first facial hair in something like half a century. This is a story about baseball. The author makes no attempt to tie the team to a societal revolution. It's a great inside look at friendships, fights, stalemates between owner and players, personalities, events and even a little baseball strategy.
What does Jason Turbow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Turbow is the rare author who serves as a good narrator. He kept the story engaging.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Not one, but many relates. He gives a balanced portrayal of the innovative, bombastic, larger-than-life Charlie O. Finley. We see the duplicity and the sincerity in the man, as well as his bungling negotiations with players and his generosity when players performed exceptionally. Finley was a complicated man, and I thought that Turbow explores him in depth and in a balanced manner.
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By Matthew Tsien on 04-29-18
The Oakland A's Five Year Dynasty
No one ever thought the low budget Oakland Athletics cellar dwellers would become a five year, 1971-1975, Division winning dynasty with 3 consecutive World Series titles, a feat achieved by less than five other teams in World Series history.
A's owner, Charlie O'Finley, despite his flaws, is brilliant in assembling All Stars like Bert Campaneris, Ken Holtzman, Vida Blue, and Sal Bando, with future Hall of Famer inductees Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Rollie Fingers to create the fabled dynasty.
Fiery Dick Williams, who managed the championship A's, as well as the Impossible Dream Red Sox, is also in the Hall of Fame.