Finley Ball: How Two Outsiders Turned the Oakland A’s into a Dynasty and Changed the Game Forever

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Nancy Finley

Narrated By: Pam Ward

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: March 2016

Duration: 7 hours 16 minutes


When Charlie Finley bought the A’s in 1960, he was an outsider to the game—an insurance businessman with a larger-than-life personality. He brought his cousin Carl on as his right-hand man, moved the team from Kansas City to Oakland, and pioneered a new way to put together a winning team. With legendary players like Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, and Vida Blue, the Finleys’ Oakland A’s won three straight World Series and riveted the nation.

Now Carl Finley’s daughter Nancy reveals the whole story behind her family’s winning legacy—how her father and uncle developed their scouting strategy, why they employed odd gimmicks like orange baseballs and “mustache bonuses,” and how the success of the ’70s Oakland A’s changed the game of baseball.

“From the Charlie Finley dynasty years, to Billy Martin’s Billy Ball years, Nancy Finley reveals the inner workings of one of baseball’s greatest franchises and offers insights into the creative genius of one of its most colorful owners.”—Brian Kingman, pitcher, Oakland A’s, 1978–1982