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  • [Charlie Finley interview rough cut] – [1986 Old Timers’ Game]

    [Charlie Finley interview rough cut] – [1986 Old Timers’ Game]

    This tape features interview segments with former Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley. In the interview, Finley talks about his time spent in Oakland and some of the trials and tribulations that came with the ownership. This tape also features clips from the 1969 Chicago Cubs’ Old Timers’ Game against the ’69 New York Mets in 1986. The game is held at the Cubs’ spring training facility in Phoenix, Arizona.  Continue reading

  • Finley #1

    Finley #1

    This tape is largely comprised of a Q&A session between famed Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley and an audience of teenage baseball fans. Seated in his own home living room with the audience around him, Finley answers questions about his own career, gives his input on team ownership, and compares modern day players and their salaries to the days when he was at the forefront of the baseball business. Continue reading

  • Finley #2

    Finley #2

    A segment of a casual Q&A session with venerable former baseball owner Charlie Finley and a group of teenage baseball fans. Answering questions in the living room of his house, Finley tells about the various Commissioners of Major League Baseball that he saw put into power in his time as owner, the changes he would make to the game if he were commissioner, and the fleeting feeling of joy that comes with owning a winning baseball team. Continue reading

  • [Once A Star raw: Charlie Finley #2a]

    [Once A Star raw: Charlie Finley #2a]

    This tape is comprised a Q&A session segment with famed Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley, as well as some b-roll from around his barn-turned-house. Seated in his living room, Finley addresses controversial topics like the Designated Hitter Rule, the use of drugs in baseball, and the changes he believes will take place in the upcoming years. With b-roll from inside Finley’s house, he explains the rare and antique items that adorn it and shows off some of the house’s more unique features. Continue reading

  • Finley #3

    Finley #3

    This tape is comprised partly of b-roll and partly of an interview with venerable Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley. In the first half, Finley gives a tour of his “press box”, which is situated at the very top of his barn-turned-house in LaPorte, Indiana. The second half is an interview with Finley where he gives a bit of background on his adolescence and discusses his ascendance career-wise from steel mill worker to the owner of a championship baseball team. Continue reading

  • [Once A Star raw: Charlie Finley #5]

    [Once A Star raw: Charlie Finley #5]

    This tape is part of an interview with renowned Oakland A’s manager Charlie Finley. In the interview, Finley discusses the lighter side of his career, from incentivizing his players to grow mustaches, to the difference between a mule and a donkey (Charlie-O, a mule, was the A’s mascot for a brief period of time) to his tumultuous relationship with former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn. It was shot for the documentary Once A Star. Continue reading

  • Finley #6

    Finley #6

    This tape is comprised of an interview segment with larger-than-life former Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley. In the interview, Finley gives his opinion on some of the most well-known figures in baseball, and also draws parallels between his current career and his time as owner, reflecting back on his early days with newfound wisdom. Continue reading