Charlie Finley

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Birthday
22, 1918
Birthplace
Alabama
Death Date
Feb 19, 1996 (77)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
22, 1918
Birthplace
Alabama
Death Date
Feb 19, 1996 (77)

About

An owner of the Oakland A's baseball club, he was a strident advocate for changes in a game that remained proudly tied to tradition.

Before Fame

He made his early fortune by selling a novel group insurance plan for doctors.

Trivia

Some of his suggestions, like an orange baseball, never gained traction with the A's, but on the other hand his designated hitter rule and night games for the World Series became a standard.

Family Life

He was born in Ensley, Alabama, Birmingham, but was raised in Gary, Indiana, where he followed in his father's footsteps working in a steel mill.

Associated With

He hired a teenager named Stanley Burrell, later to become MC Hammer, to be his eyes and ears.