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Chapman, and Amos Strunk." He lists four fine starters here with Grove, Plank, Waddell, and Hunter, and of course Eckersley as the reliever.

For the Oakland-only roster he lists both starters and backups, per usual for his book. The starting infield is quite reasonable: Steinbach, McGwire, Green, Bando, and Tejada, though choosing Miguel is clearly weighing heavily peak performance over longevity (which is odd since he goes with Joost over Campy for the all-time A's, mentioning that Tejada still needed a year or two for consideration). The starting OF is the same as before with Henderson, Murphy, and Jackson. The backup hitters are Mike Heath as C, Giambi at 1B, utility man Tony Phillips at 2B, Campaneris at SS, and Lansford at 3B. The backup OF has Rudi in LF, speedy Bill North in CF, and of course Canseco in RF. The first four SP are Hunter, Blue, Stewart, and Welch, with the next four being Hudson, Holtzmann, Mike Moore, and Blue Moon Odom. He notes that Zito and Mulder hadn't pitched enough to qualify yet, so these choices make sense to me. Eck and Fingers are the two relievers, naturally.

  • 2006 The Team By Team Encyclopedia of Major League Baseball, by Dennis


Purdy’s massive book includes sections listing his choices of “significant” players for each franchise. He doesn’t arrange these as all- time teams, with minimum players at each position. Nonetheless, I feel his choices worthy of including here. For the Athletics he included: Frank Baker, Chief Bender, Vida Blue, Bert Campaneris, Jose Canseco, Mickey Cochrane, Eddie Collins, Jack Coombs, Harry Davis, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Rickey Henderson, Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Bob Johnson, Mark McGwire, Eddie Plank, Eddie Rommel, Al Simmons, Dave Stewart, Rube Waddell.

In my view Mr. Purdy made outstanding selections. The only player who I think was snubbed, and really should have been included in this gallery, is 3B Sal Bando.

Win Shares

Amongst other things, Bill James’ innovative Win Shares system is helpful in comparing players across eras. Using my data sources, and listing players only at the position I considered and rated them at for this book, the win shares for players while playing for the Cardinals are (100 or more):


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