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Blowhard, innovator, tyrant, and miser,
Charlie Finley owned the Kansas City and Oakland
Athletics from 1961-1980, a two-decade run that
marked one of the most controversial and
flamboyant administrations in baseball history.
Columnist Jim Murray described Finley as “a
self-made man who worshipped his creator.” Among
other things, Finley dressed his players in
gaudy Kelly green and gold uniforms, sodded an
area behind the outfield fences for grazing
sheep, and installed a mechanical rabbit behind
home plate that popped up from the ground to
give balls to umpires.
courtesy of Larry Goren