Top 50 Oakland Athletics http://www.notinhalloffame.com Thu, 21 Jan 2021 05:06:55 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb 1. Lefty Grove http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11268-1-lefty-grove http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11268-1-lefty-grove 1. Lefty Grove
There were a lot of different players to consider when we were looking at the greatest Athletic of all-time.
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2. Rickey Henderson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11269-2-rickey-henderson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11269-2-rickey-henderson 2. Rickey Henderson
Rickey Henderson is a lot of things.  He is eccentric.  He often refers to himself in the third person.  He is the greatest leadoff hitter ever.  He is the ultimate base stealer.  He was a first ballot Hall of Famer.
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3. Jimmie Foxx http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11270-3-jimmie-foxx http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11270-3-jimmie-foxx 3. Jimmie Foxx
Jimmie Foxx was signed by the Philadelphia Athletics as a teen in 1925, and he would emerge as one of the most lethal power hitters in not just Athletic history but that of all of Baseball.
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4. Eddie Plank http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11271-4-eddie-plank http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11271-4-eddie-plank 4. Eddie Plank
Signed in 1901, Eddie Plank would have a good rookie season for the Philadelphia Athletics, where he won 17 Games.  That is a good number, but it would take seven seasons before he had anything lower than that.
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5. Al Simmons http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11272-5-al-simmons http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11272-5-al-simmons 5. Al Simmons
Al Simmons joined the Philadelphia Athletics when he was acquired from Milwaukee of the American Association before the 1924 Season.  He would have a great rookie season with 183 Hits and a .308 Batting Average, so it was clear that he was a good hitter, but what he would do afterward would make his first year in the Majors look, pedestrian.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Tue, 31 Mar 2020 16:43:44 +0000
6. Eddie Collins http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11274-6-eddie-collins http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11274-6-eddie-collins 6. Eddie Collins
Eddie Collins was signed by the Philadelphia Athletics in 1906, and by 1909 he was the team's starting Second Baseman.  That year he would swipe 63 bases and bat .347, the perfect showcase of what was to come.  Collins was part of an excellent Philadelphia team that in 1910 would win the World Series, and that season he would lead the AL in Stolen Bases with 81, which made him the first player to ever tally the 80 plus mark.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Wed, 01 Apr 2020 01:48:13 +0000
7. Rube Waddell http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11275-7-rube-waddell http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11275-7-rube-waddell 7. Rube Waddell
Rube Waddell’s reputation of being somewhat of an oddball was known before the Philadelphia Athletics signed him, so they knew what they were getting into.  What they may not have known was just how good he was going to be for them.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Wed, 01 Apr 2020 01:50:23 +0000
8. Reggie Jackson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11276-8-reggie-jackson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11276-8-reggie-jackson 8. Reggie Jackson
The heroics of Reggie Jackson may have been at the most viewed in New York City, but it all began with the Athletics.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:57:01 +0000
9. Mark McGwire http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11277-9-mark-mcgwire http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11277-9-mark-mcgwire 9. Mark McGwire
Mark McGwire may have set the single season Home Run record when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals, but it was in Oakland where he first became a star and would have his greatest overall success.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:59:31 +0000
10. Sal Bando http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11278-10-sal-bando http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11278-10-sal-bando 10. Sal Bando
Sal Bando played most of his career with the Athletics, and there was a time when he was considered one of the best Third Basemen in the American League.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:07:02 +0000
11. Chief Bender http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11279-11-chief-bender http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11279-11-chief-bender 11. Chief Bender
Charles Albert “Chief” Bender signed as a Free Agent before the 1903 Season with the Philadelphia Athletics, and the "City of Brotherly Love" would be his home for the next 12 seasons.  Bender would be considered one of the nicest guys of the American League, but more importantly, he was one of the better hurlers in the game.
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12. Eddie Rommel http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11280-12-eddie-rommel http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11280-12-eddie-rommel 12. Eddie Rommel
Signed by Connie Mack before the 1920 season, Eddie Rommel would find a home in Philadelphia, which would be the only team he would play for in the Majors.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:24:14 +0000
13. Home Run Baker http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11281-13-home-run-baker http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11281-13-home-run-baker 13. Home Run Baker
When you are called "Home Run," it would make perfect sense that you would be an individual that won four Home Run Titles.  Although, this was the dead ball era, and the man in question did so with totals of 11, 10, 12, and 9.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:30:17 +0000
14. Bert Campaneris http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11282-14-bert-campaneris http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11282-14-bert-campaneris 14. Bert Campaneris
Bert Campaneris made his debut with the Kansas City Athletics in 1964, and he would secure the starting Shortstop role for the team, which would be a role he had until he signed with the Texas Rangers after the 1976 season.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Wed, 01 Apr 2020 10:43:34 +0000
15. Harry Davis http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11284-15-harry-davis http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11284-15-harry-davis 15. Harry Davis
Harry Davis began his pro career in the National League in 1895, and other than leading the league in Doubles in 1897, it was reasonably non-descript as it was spent with four teams (New York Giants, Pittsburgh, Louisville, and Washington).  He played for the minor league Providence Grays in 1900 and was ready to call it a career when Connie Mack came calling.  Mack convinced Davis to play for him, and it was a win-win for both parties.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Thu, 02 Apr 2020 08:06:00 +0000
16. Bob Johnson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11285-16-bob-johnson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11285-16-bob-johnson 16. Bob Johnson
Bob Johnson was a very good player who arguably had the misfortune of playing for the Philadelphia Athletics at a time when they were not that good.  As such, many of his accomplishments went unnoticed, but that is one of the reasons why we are here.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Thu, 02 Apr 2020 08:07:34 +0000
17. Catfish Hunter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11306-17-catfish-hunter http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11306-17-catfish-hunter 17. Catfish Hunter
Jim “Catfish” Hunter received his colorful nickname from his team owner, Charlie O. Finley, who felt that gave his pitcher character.  That was a recurring theme for Finley, who did similar things with other players, but this is the story about the star pitcher for Oakland in the early 70s.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 10:31:25 +0000
18. Vida Blue http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11307-18-vida-blue http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11307-18-vida-blue 18. Vida Blue
Vida Blue was a unique pitcher in that he was a southpaw who known for his power.  Blue first cracked the Athletics roster in 1969 but would spend most of that year in 1970 in the minors.  Oakland thought they had something in Blue, who would begin 1971 as a starter.  What happened that year was one of the most incredible campaigns ever for an Athletics Pitcher. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 10:33:38 +0000
19. Jose Canseco http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11308-19-jose-canseco http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11308-19-jose-canseco 19. Jose Canseco
Let’s forget about some of the things that made Jose Canseco famous (or infamous).  The steroid use.  The admission of steroid use.  Throwing other players under the bus by (accusing) discussing their steroid use.  The boxing.  Madonna.  The baseball that bounced off his head for a Home Run.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 10:35:19 +0000
20. Mickey Cochrane http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11309-20-mickey-cochrane http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11309-20-mickey-cochrane 20. Mickey Cochrane
Mickey Cochrane was sought after by Connie Mack, who pried him from Portland of the Pacific Coast League after the 1924 season.  Mack wasted no time inserting Cochrane as a starter for the Athletics, and he was quickly entrenched as one of the best hitting Catchers of the game.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 10:40:55 +0000
21. Jason Giambi http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11310-21-jason-giambi http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11310-21-jason-giambi 21. Jason Giambi
It can be argued that this may seem like a very high rank for Jason Giambi, as a lot of his career has been viewed as a disappointment.  It shouldn’t be, as when Jason Giambi played for Oakland, he was one of the best batters in the game.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 14:44:13 +0000
22. Danny Murphy http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11311-22-danny-murphy http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11311-22-danny-murphy 22. Danny Murphy
There were a lot of great players that the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1900s and early 1910s, and this is likely why Danny Murphy has not received some of the due that he should have.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:20:26 +0000
23. Tim Hudson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11312-23-tim-hudson http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11312-23-tim-hudson 23. Tim Hudson
Tim Hudson was with the Oakland A's for the first six seasons of his MLB career.  Hudson was one of the highest regarded pitchers in his time in Oakland, and his 92-39 record there was one of the highest winning percentages in baseball.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:22:07 +0000
24. Barry Zito http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11313-24-barry-zito http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11313-24-barry-zito 24. Barry Zito
Barry Zito was with the Oakland A's for the first seven seasons of his career, and for a time, he was one of the elite hurlers of the American League.  Zito debuted in 2000 and was a 17-game winner in 2001.  The curveball specialist's best year came right after when he had a league leading 23 Wins (against only five losses) had 182 Strikeouts with a 2.75 Earned Run Average.  He would win the Cy Young Award that year.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:23:47 +0000
25. Max Bishop http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11314-25-max-bishop http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11314-25-max-bishop 25. Max Bishop
Max Bishop was one of the better defensive players of his day and had there been a Gold Glove award in his day, and there is a good chance that he would have nabbed a few.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:27:00 +0000
26. Dennis Eckersley http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11315-dennis-eckersley http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11315-dennis-eckersley 26. Dennis Eckersley
When the Chicago Cubs traded Dennis Eckersley in 1987 to the Oakland A’s, this was considered a demotion, or even a last chance of sorts.  “Eck” had been a starter in the Majors since 1975, and he had made two All-Star Games, but his alcoholism was threatening to take him out.  Oakland’s Manager, Tony LaRussa, envisioned him as a set-up man, which Is the role he took until Jay Howell, their existing closer got hurt.  Eckersley took on that new position, and it would eventually put him into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 11:29:01 +0000
27. Eric Chavez http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11316-27-eric-chavez http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11316-27-eric-chavez 27. Eric Chavez
Eric Chavez may not have been chosen for an All-Star team over his long career, but in his prime, he was one of the better all-around Third Basemen in the American League.  That prime was with the Oakland A’s.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 15:37:30 +0000
28. Rube Walberg http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11317-28-rube-walberg http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11317-28-rube-walberg 28. Rube Walberg
Rube Walberg holds the dubious distinction of serving up the most home runs to Babe Ruth with 17.  That might seem like a strange way to open, but remember the Athletics thought enough of him to keep putting him on the mound.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:12:52 +0000
29. Dave Stewart http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11318-29-dave-stewart http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11318-29-dave-stewart 29. Dave Stewart
Most fans in Oakland likely didn't notice when they signed Dave Stewart in May of 1986, as he was castoff from Philadelphia, who had released him earlier.  It didn't take them long to notice him after.  Adding a forkball to his repertoire, Stewart finished the season 9-5, and he would then embark on a four-year run where he was the workhorse of the American League.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:15:06 +0000
30. Socks Seybold http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11319-30-socks-seybold http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11319-30-socks-seybold 30. Socks Seybold
When you think of home run champions, Ralph Orlando “Socks” Seybold doesn’t come to mind, but there are a lot of anomalies in this man’s career.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:20:05 +0000
31. Dwayne Murphy http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11320-31-dwayne-murphy http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11320-31-dwayne-murphy 31. Dwayne Murphy
An Oakland Athletic for the first 10 of his 12 seasons in the Majors, Dwayne Murphy was known for his defensive ability and home run capability.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:26:43 +0000
32. Topsy Hartsel http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11321-32-topsy-hartsel http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11321-32-topsy-hartsel 32. Topsy Hartsel
After a breakout season with the Chicago Orphans in 1901 where he batted .335 with 187 Hits, Tully “Topsy” Hartsel, bolted from the National League to the American League and Connie Mack’s Philadelphia Athletics.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:29:22 +0000
33. Joe Rudi http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11322-33-joe-rudi http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11322-33-joe-rudi 33. Joe Rudi
An honored member of the three straight World Series Championships in the first half of the 1970s, Joe Rudi, was not just there, as the prime of his career occurred during this Oakland dynasty.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:31:04 +0000
34. Jack Coombs http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11323-34-jack-coombs http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11323-34-jack-coombs 34. Jack Coombs
For the first four seasons of his Major League career, Jack Coombs was an average Pitcher at best and did not have any remarkable moments.  He was 35-35, and in 1910, his season started so poorly that he was demoted to the bullpen.  The legend has it that he rediscovered his overhand curve, and he went on a tear that had no equal in Athletics history.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:40:20 +0000
35. Ferris Fain http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11324-35-ferris-fain http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11324-35-ferris-fain 35. Ferris Fain
Ferris Fain was plucked in the Rule 5 Draft after the 1946 Season, and he was inserted as the starting First Baseman the year after.  Fain immediately showed extraordinary plate discipline as he had a ,414 OBP as a rookie.  Fain played his first six seasons in the Majors with the Philadelphia Athletics, and he never had an OBP less than .412, and he was always in the top seven in that category.  Fain would be named an All-Star in 1950, and would be again in 1951 and 1952, with the latter year seeing him win the OBP Title with .438.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Fri, 17 Apr 2020 16:42:08 +0000
36. Carney Lansford http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11327-36-carney-lansford http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11327-36-carney-lansford 36. Carney Lansford
Carney Lansford joined Oakland in 1983 two years removed after winning the Batting Title with the Boston Red Sox. Lansford would not win a Batting Title as an Athletic, but he batted .300 in his first two years in Oakland and would do so again in 1989.  Lansford played good defense at Third Base, and he had a beautiful blend of power and speed, showcasing five seasons of at least 10 Home Runs, peaking at 19 in both 1986 and 1987.  He would also have five straight 16 or more Stolen Base seasons (1986-90) with Oakland, which was surprising considering he went the four years prior without reaching the double-digit mark. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Mon, 20 Apr 2020 15:58:06 +0000
37. Rollie Fingers http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11328-37-rollie-fingers http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11328-37-rollie-fingers 37. Rollie Fingers
While the role of the relief pitcher was nothing new by the late 60s, but when Rollie Fingers emerged as Oakland’s closer, he was one of the first of his kind to be considered a superstar.  Fingers was a starter through most of his minor league career, and when he debuted with Oakland in 1968, he was moved mostly to the bullpen.  By 1971, this was his official role, and it was one that he was born to play. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Mon, 20 Apr 2020 16:00:16 +0000
38. Jimmy Dykes http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11329-38-jimmy-dykes http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11329-38-jimmy-dykes 38. Jimmy Dykes
Arriving in the Philadelphia Athletics organization via the Rule 5 Draft for the 1918 season, Jimmy Dykes was an excellent fielder, who was believed to have limited hitting ability.  That was the case in his first two seasons, where he batted below .200 but this would change as he matured into the role of an everyday starter in Major League Baseball. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Mon, 20 Apr 2020 16:11:09 +0000
39. Elmer Valo http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11333-39-elmer-valo http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11333-39-elmer-valo 39. Elmer Valo
Born in Slovakia, Elmer Valo immigrated to the United States as a child and would live the American Dream to become a Major League Baseball Player.  Valo would debut with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1940, and as history would tell us was one of the most intense players to don the uniform of the Athletics.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:19:40 +0000
40. Bobby Shantz http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11334-40-bobby-shantz http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11334-40-bobby-shantz 40. Bobby Shantz
Bobby Shantz was overlooked by a lot of scouts as they considered him too small (5’ 6”) but the Philadelphia Athletics would sign him in 1948, and after a couple of mediocre years, he would have a two-year run as one of the best starting pitchers in the game.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:23:30 +0000
41. Eddie Joost http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11335-41-eddie-joost http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11335-41-eddie-joost 41. Eddie Joost
In 1946, most of the majors had given up on Eddie Joost, who had issues with Braves Management and was assigned to AAA when he joined the St. Louis Cardinals organization.  Joost was 31, and it could easily be believed that his best seasons were behind him.  As it would turn out, that was not the case at all.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:26:04 +0000
42. Stuffy McInnis http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11336-42-stuffy-mcinnis http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11336-42-stuffy-mcinnis 42. Stuffy McInnis
John Phalen “Stuffy” McInnis was signed by the Philadelphia Athletics before the 1909 season, and he would play off the bench, usually at Shortstop for his first two seasons.  McInnis would take over at First Base in 1911, and became the youngest member of Connie Mack’s “$100,000 Infield”. 
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:29:45 +0000
43. Terry Steinbach http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11337-43-terry-steinbach http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11337-43-terry-steinbach 43. Terry Steinbach
The first 11 seasons of Terry Steinbach’s career was with the Oakland A’s and the converted Catcher (he played Third initially in the Minors) would do well in the Majors in his new role.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:31:32 +0000
44. George Earnshaw http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11338-44-george-earnshaw http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11338-44-george-earnshaw 44. George Earnshaw
It took a long time for George Earnshaw to the make the Majors, but once the 6’ 4” did, he wasted little time proving that he belonged.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:35:04 +0000
45. Gene Tenace http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11339-45-gene-tenace http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11339-45-gene-tenace 45. Gene Tenace
Gene Tenace was the Catcher during Oakland’s mini-dynasty in the early 70s, and a lot of his value did not show up on a traditional stat sheet. A Second Round Pick in 1965, Tenace would debut for the Athletics in 1969 and performed in a backup role until 1972.  He earned more playing time in the 1972 Playoffs and would bat .348 in the World Series with 4 Home Runs and 9 RBIs.  He was named the World Series MVP in the Athletics' first World Series win on the West Coast.  
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Tue, 21 Apr 2020 17:39:52 +0000
46. Bing Miller http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11341-46-bing-miller http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11341-46-bing-miller 46. Bing Miller
An old rookie at 26 with the Washington Senators, Connie Mack's Philadelphia Athletics would trade for him, and from 1922 to 1925, he had three .300 seasons, and in the one year he didn't hit that mark, he batted .299.  He was deemed expendable and was dealt with the St. Louis Browns in 1926, but was back in 1928.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Thu, 23 Apr 2020 12:31:52 +0000
47. Mark Ellis http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11342-47-mark-ellis http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11342-47-mark-ellis 47. Mark Ellis
Mark Ellis is not the first name you come up with on a “best of” list, but the fact remains that he accumulated over 1,000 Hits with the team, which is an impressive feat for any franchise.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Thu, 23 Apr 2020 12:38:41 +0000
48. Miguel Tejada http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11343-48-miguel-tejada http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11343-48-miguel-tejada 48. Miguel Tejada
Miguel Tejada signed with Oakland as an Amateur Free Agent from the Dominican Republic in 1993, and he would crack the main roster in 1997.  Tejada would be the starting Shortstop in 1999, where he would establish himself as one of the best power hitting infielders in the game.  From 2000 to 2002, he would have 30 Home Runs, and from 2000 to 2003, he was able to secure at least 100 RBIs.  Tejada was an All-Star in 2002, the year he had 24 Home Runs, 131 RBIs and a .308 Batting Average.  For his efforts, he would win the American League MVP.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Thu, 23 Apr 2020 12:43:31 +0000
49. Mark Mulder http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11344-49-mark-mulder http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11344-49-mark-mulder 49. Mark Mulder
Mark Mulder was the second overall Draft Pick in 1998, and he would crack the Oakland roster a year later.  As a rookie, he was an unimpressive 9-10 with a 5.44 ERA, but he was just getting his feet wet.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Thu, 23 Apr 2020 12:45:05 +0000
50. Jack Barry http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11345-50-jack-barry http://www.notinhalloffame.com/baseball/top-50-baseball-players-by-franchise/top-50-oakland-athletics/11345-50-jack-barry 50. Jack Barry
Jack Barry was signed by Connie Mack and the Philadelphia Athletics before the 1908 season, and he would become a member of Mack’s famed $100,000 infield.  Barry was not an elite hitter, but he was excellent at getting baserunners to advance, and sacrificing his own offense for the greater good of the team.
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[email protected] (Site Admin) Top 50 Oakland Athletics Thu, 23 Apr 2020 12:47:13 +0000