The American League In Transition, 1965-1975

The American League In Transition, 1965-1975


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   NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture


In the years following the decline of the New York Yankees dynasty that ended in 1964, three American League teams endeavored to stake their claim to the Junior Circuit's crown.  From 1965 to 1975, the Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, and Oakland Athletics emerged as the most significant AL clubs, but this trio achieved varying degrees of success.



Through the prism of these three teams, this book examines facets of their dynastic aspirations: they way in which key personnel were assembled into a cohesive roster, the glory that was won by each club, and the factors leading to their decline.  Drawing on a rich variety of primary and secondary sources, the story is told of...

  • Vital players from Latin America who joined their U.S. teammates in the Twin Cities of Minnesota
  • The select few who spent time at the Orioles' training facility in Thomasville, Georgia, and later found a new home in Baltimore
  • Collegiate stars chosen in the early years of the newly created amateur draft who went on to help forge a winning combination in Oakland