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The A's Move to Oakland in 1968

When I did my post about a month ago on Catfish Hunter's perfect game, I was surprised to find there were actually a fair number of people here who remembered the game and had some thoughts on it. So, I'm going back to 1968 one more time, with a sequel post on the A's arrival in Oakland. A few months back I dug through the Chronicle's microfilm archives and got their coverage of the A's first game, in Baltimore on April 10 of '68. There wasn't a great deal of detail or color to the story though, so you don't get much of a sense of how the A's were received by people around town. Maybe I should have found the Chronicle's coverage of the A's first game in Oakland to find out about that.

Anyway, I'll pose some questions for the older fans: Were people around the Bay excited to have a second MLB team, and the A's specifically? Did any of the former Kansas City A's have cache, name recognition, established star power? It looks to me like none of them did. I know Reggie was on the team, but he wasn't a star yet. Also, what was the Coliseum like back then?

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