During their Philadelphia days under the great Connie Mack, the Athletics enjoyed several periods of dynastic rule over Major League Baseball. When Mack broke up his last great dynasty after the 1932 season, the A's sank into a prolonged period of also-ran status, running through the Kansas City tenure. A move to Oakland by flamboyant owner Charlie O. Finley in 1968 led to a change in fortune and by 1971 the A's were back on top, earning five straight AL West Division titles from 1971-1975 and three consecutive World Series championships from 1972-1974. Recall the 1972 World Series championship season with this team-signed ball. This Dudley Official League ball (EX-MT+) hosts (24) autographs that range ("5" to "7") in strength. Stacked with all-stars and future Hall of Famers, this super-talented squad was led by legends Reggie Jackson and "Catfish" Hunter, who have both signed the offered ball. Full photo LOA from JSA.
Featured signers are:
North panel: Irve Noren, Rollie Fingers, Marty Martinez, Bob Locker, Mike Hegan
South panel: Joe Rudi, George Hendrick, Jim ("Catfish") Hunter, Dick Green, Dave Hamilton, John Odom, Sal Bando, Joe Horlen
East panel: Angel Manguel, Bill Posedel, Mike Epstein, Ollie Brown, Adrian Garrett
West panel: Dave Duncan, Ken Holtzman, Bert Campaneris, Reggie Jackson, Larry Brown
Sweet spot: Dick Williams (clubhouse)
Reverse sweet spot: Vern Hoscheit