Charles O. Finley

Birthdate 02/22/1918
Death Date 02/19/1996
Debut Year 1960
Year of Induction
Teams Athletics
Positions Executive, Owner

A strong proponent of the designated hitter rule, Charlie Finley ruled the Athletics from 1960-81 and saw his teams win three World Series titles.

In the collection:

Personal check signed by A's owner Charlie Finley

Personal check signed by A's owner Charlie Finley

In the collection is this personal check signed by Charles O. Finley. For more on Finley here is an excerpt from his SABR biography, “Nearly everyone, including fellow owners, players, the fans of his teams, the media, and the baseball commissioner, disliked or even despised him. When his team
Dick Williams weighs in about Oakland owner Finley

Dick Williams weighs in about Oakland owner Finley

In the collection is the first of two handwritten letter in which Dick Williams opines about Athletics owner Charlie Finley. Williams writes, “I was the first manager he had to go longer than one year with him — I managed three years and won division championships all three
Autographed 1973 Dick Williams card

Autographed 1973 Dick Williams card

Dick Williams piloted the Oakland A’s for only three years but won the World Series twice. Though three seasons might seem like a short stint, working for Athletics owner Charlie Finley made the time almost unbearable. After guiding the A’s to the title in 1973, Williams and Oakland beca
Dick Williams writes on Finley's HoF chances

Dick Williams writes on Finley's HoF chances

In this letter Dick Williams writes about the Hall of Fame chances for himself and for Charlie Finley. “Mr. Finley is one of fifteen baseball people to be considered for the Hall of Fame this year at the managerial and executive level. I am also one who is considered. The vote was due by the 2
Charles Finley signed supplemental contract for hotel accomodations

Charles Finley signed supplemental contract for hotel accomodations

Back in the 1970s Major League players actually had roommates on the road. In the collection is a supplemental contract for Jesus Alou to have a room all to himself on the road for the 1974 season. Of course the money for the room is to come out of Alou’s paycheck.

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