The A’s Moving to Denver in 1978

I’d heard about various near-moves of the Oakland A’s and S.F. Giants in the ’70s and ’80s, but it was still a surprise to read, in the 1978 Baseball Today preview of the A.L. West, that “the Mile High city now has a major league franchise, thanks to the money of millionaire oilman Marvin Davis of Texas. He purchased the club from financially troubled and physically ailing Charles O. Finley.” Of course, Baseball Today went to press well before the ’78 season started, but they were being daring, to assume the A’s would indeed be sold and moved to Denver, just two and a half years after winning the West at the tail end of their dynasty, and 10 years after starting play in Oakland.

Published in: Uncategorized on July 6, 2015 at 12:22 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. The Denver A’s. Just doesn’t sound right.

  2. This is pretty cool. Sounds like a book in there — what happened to crush the deal? Bowie Kuhn nixing another Finley cash grab? Davis turning out to be a fraud who couldn’t raise the money? The other American League owners saying “no”?

  3. There’s some more about the Denver A’s and how they didn’t come to be here: In essence, Finley couldn’t get out of the A’s lease for the Coliseum in Oakland.

  4. That Oakland Mausoleum lease… the more things change, the more they stay the same …

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