Mustache Gang Author:Ron Bergman A Star is Born: The story began in 1961 when insurance magnate Charlie O. Finley bought the floundering Kansas City A's for four big ones. In the tumultuous decade that followed, Finley hired and fired a dozen managers, antagonized almost everyone who played for him, and was declared a "menace to baseball" by the czars of the game.... more » Yet his payroll included such luminaries as Joe DiMaggio, Hank Bauer, Jimmy Piersall, and Denny McClain.
In 1972 his team finally put it all together. Their mustachioed kissers and tight fitting uniforms were a throwback to the Gay Nineties, but their style of play was strictly up-to-date.
This is their story. Vida Blue, Reggie Jackson, Gene Tenace, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, and about thirty other guys who happen to be the world champions of baseball.« less