A's Announce 40th Anniversary Team
Rickey makes the list.
Rickey makes the list.
Press Release
Posted Aug 28, 2008


OAKLAND, Calif.–In conjunction with the franchise’s season-long celebration of four decades playing in the Bay Area, the Oakland Athletics today announced its 40th Anniversary Team, as voted through fan on-line balloting on the club’s web site, www.oaklandathletics.com.

Headlining the list are three members of Baseball’s Hall of Fame—pitchers Jim “Catfish” Hunter and Dennis Eckersley and outfielder Reggie Jackson—and other possible future Hall of Fame selections, including outfielder Rickey Henderson, Major League Baseball’s all-time leader in runs scored and stolen bases who is eligible for Cooperstown next year.

Mark Ellis, who owns the Oakland record for career home runs (68) by a second baseman and also set a then-Major League record for fielding percentage (.997) at his position in 2006, is the only current A’s player to make the team.

Tony LaRussa, who piloted the A’s to four AL West titles, three league pennants and one World Championship, was voted manager of the team.

The 40th Anniversary Team was announced as follows:

Position

Name  

Years in Oakland 

C

Terry Steinbach            

1986-96

1B       

Mark McGwire

1986-97

2B       

Mark Ellis

2002-present

SS       

Bert “Campy” Campaneris

1968-76*

3B       

Carney Lansford

1983-92

OF       

Rickey Henderson

1979-84, 1989-95, 1998 

OF       

Reggie Jackson

1968-75, 1987

OF       

Joe Rudi

1968-76, 1982

DH       

Dave Kingman

1984-86

P

Jim “Catfish” Hunter                   

1968-74

P         

Vida Blue

1969-77

P         

Dave Stewart

1986-92, 1995

Closer

Dennis Eckersley                      

1987-95

Manager

Tony LaRussa

1986-95



Members of the anniversary team have been invited to participate in a special on-field commemorative ceremony prior to the Athletics’ final home game on Sunday, September 21 against Seattle.



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