If You Travel Back In Time And Stop Charles Finley From Buying The A’s…

…Being an exercise in nonsense and sheer conjecture about what COULD HAVE happened, as devised by the esteemed Mr. Joseph Shlabotnik, whose knowlege of baseball history is sufficient to label him as someone who “knows just enough to be dangerous”.

If you travel back in time and stop Charles O. Finley from buying the Athletics, the alternative buyer could’ve been someone who would keep the team in Kansas City.

If you keep the Athletics in Kansas City, then you obviously wouldn’t have the Kansas City Royals.
1971 Topps Buck Martinez

If you keep the Athletics in Kansas City, you also would not have the city of Kansas City threaten a lawsuit.

If Kansas City is not going to sue, you can take your time in expanding and wait an extra year or two to allow for better-financed expansion team ownership.

If you allow for better-financed ownership, the Padres don’t nearly leave San Diego in 1974.
1974 Willie McCovey WNL

If you allow for better-financed ownership, then the Seattle Pilots don’t leave town after one season.
1970 Topps John Gelnar

If the Seattle Pilots don’t leave town after one season, the city of Seattle doesn’t threaten to sue.

If the Seattle Pilots don’t leave town after one season and the city of Seattle doesn’t threaten to sue, you don’t need the Seattle Mariners.
1978 Hostess Bruce Bochte

If you don’t need the Mariners, you don’t need to expand in 1977.

If you don’t expand in 1977, you don’t have the Toronto Blue Jays.
1980 Topps Rick Cerone

If you don’t have a team in Toronto, you have a large market ripe for relocation.

If you have a large market ripe for relocation, the White Sox get to kiss aging Comiskey goodbye and you get the Toronto White Sox.
1979 Topps Don Kessinger

If the White Sox move to Toronto and the Cubs get the city to themselves, the Cubs then have the wherewithal to field a winning team and…………..

…Nah, let’s not get crazy here.

Other side-effects of keeping Finley away from the Athletics:

You wouldn’t have the Athletics wearing green & gold.  You wouldn’t have a team whose official name is the “A’s”.
1973 Topps Reggie Jackson

You wouldn’t have anybody to give Jim Hunter the nickname “Catfish”
1976 Hostess Jim Hunter

Topps wouldn’t spend two years taking measures to avoid showing the “KC” on players’ caps.
1968 Topps Sal Bando
1969 Topps Joe Nossek

You wouldn’t have anyone deciding to have a “Designated Pinch Runner” on his roster.
1975 Topps Herb Washington

Does anybody have any other potential ramifications?  Just make sure that when you travel back in time, you don’t step on a butterfly…




13 thoughts on “If You Travel Back In Time And Stop Charles Finley From Buying The A’s…

  1. Great post. My only thought is to try and figure out what team/s would have benefited if the A’s didn’t become the dynasty they did. Would the Orioles have won a couple more pennants?

      • They were in on the Philadelphia A’s, too. Starting in about the early 50’s, Toronto made a pitch to move from AAA (where they’d been since the 1880s) to the bigs. Took 20+ years and the demise of the AAA Maple Leafs to do it.

  2. Nice post. Interesting topic. Late 60’s early 70’s baseball expansion and relocation is fascinating. At some point in the early 80’s ownership of the Reds considered selling to a group that wanted to move them to Louisville Kentucky. For all her personal missteps, thankfully Marge Schott assumed control of the team and made sure the Reds stayed put.

    • I’ve been fascinated with franchise movement and expansion since I was a kid… even for sports I dont’ care about (i.e. basketball). I recently read that at some point between the Dodgers & Giants leaving NY and the Mets arrival, there were efforts made to bring the Reds or another NL team to New York. That just intrigued the heck out of me, and I’ll write a post about it after I’ve gotten around to doing the research.

      • Wow I hadn’t heard that before. Love to know the story on that one. All of the expansion of that era also set off a wave of new multipurpose stadiums. Many following the model of Shea Stadium. Interesting bit of stadium trivia, as most cities have built new baseball specific stadiums, Dodger Stadium is the third oldest active MLB stadium behind Wrigley and Fenway.

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