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The Kansas City Athletics : a baseball history, 1954-1967
Peterson, John E., 1949-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [2003]

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vi, 346 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
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The Athletics spent thirteen seasons in Kansas City before moving to Oakland--a colorful history despite one of the worst records in baseball history. Even so, many of the players who were part of the world championship teams in Oakland in the 1970s began their careers in Kansas City. This work presents the relatively short history of the Kansas City franchise from 1954, when Arnold Johnson purchased the Philadelphia Athletics and moved the team to Kansas City because of the financial benefits the city provided, to 1967, when Charles Finley moved the team to Oakland (after unsuccessful attempts to move it to Dallas, Atlanta, Louisville, Milwaukee and Seattle). In the 1950s, the team was called "a Yankee farm team" because of the numerous trades with the Yankees that favored the latter. The author re-evaluates these trades and concludes that they were not as one-sided as previously thought and really did benefit the team. The author also carefully considers Charles Finley's intentions to keep the team in Kansas City and his reasons for having to move them to Oakland.

Author Notes

John E. Peterson is senior pastor at Bensonvale Covenant Church in Omaha. His articles have appeared in the Covenant Companion, Passenger Train Journal, and North Western Lines

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 1
1. Big League Dreamsp. 3
2. A Clever Businessmanp. 8
3. Quest for the A'sp. 12
4. Last-Minute Maneuveringp. 19
5. Going to K.C.p. 23
6. How to Buy a Ballclub for Peanutsp. 29
7. Arnold Johnson's Ultimate Planp. 35
8. The 90-Day Wonderp. 42
9. 1955: Big League Baseball Comes to K.C.p. 48
10. 1956: Listless and Badp. 63
11. 1957: Big Trades Bring New Facesp. 71
12. 1958: Cerv's Amazing Seasonp. 81
13. 1959: Great Expectationsp. 90
14. 1960: A Very Difficult Yearp. 100
15. Who Will Buy the Team?p. 109
16. Charles O. Finley--The "O" Stands for Ownerp. 118
17. Trying to Outdo Veeckp. 123
18. 1961: Gordon, Lane and Charlie O.p. 133
19. Courting Dallasp. 148
20. 1962: Let Bygones Be Bygonesp. 156
21. 1963: Everything's Green and Goldp. 168
22. Happiness Is Being Somewhere Elsep. 176
23. 1964: Rocky, Jim and a Pennant Porchp. 193
24. 1965: Charlie O.--The Man or the Mule?p. 208
25. 1966: The Dark Agesp. 224
26. 1967: "A Menace to Baseball"p. 235
27. "Luckiest City Since Hiroshima"p. 250
28. A Bad Marriagep. 263
29. Just a Yankees Farm Teamp. 277
30. No More Trades with the Yankeesp. 289
31. Crop Failurep. 298
32. Growing a Championship Teamp. 305
Notesp. 317
Bibliographyp. 333
Indexp. 337