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The A’s rich history is filled with so many historic moments but which one was truly the luckiest?
In 1966 the then-Kansas City A’s had the second overall pick in the draft. With the No. 1 pick, the New York Mets chose a catcher named Steve Chilcott, who ended up injuring his shoulder in the minor leagues and never even made it to the majors. The Athletics had to settle for a “consolation prize” in a young player out of Arizona State.
His name? Reggie Jackson.
Jackson went on to be named “Mr. October” for his heroics in the postseason for both the Athletics and the New York Yankees. Between 1971-75, Jackson helped the now-Oakland Athletics win five straight division titles, three consecutive American League pennants, and three straight World Series (although he didn’t play in the 1972 World Series due to an injury). The day the A’s got their “consolation prize,” who went on to be a 14-time All-Star and the 1973 AL MVP, was definitely a lucky moment in the history of the franchise.
There were plenty of options to choose from. It’s easy to find moments from three straight AL pennants, numerous division titles, a World Series sweep of the San Francisco Giants, a perfect game and more.
There’s one even luckier than those.
If you’ve seen the movie Moneyball, then you know the moment. If you haven’t seen the movie, don’t follow the A’s or are simply not old enough to remember what happened for Oakland during its 2002 AL record-setting 20-game win streak, then you’re in for quite a story.
And it’s a story from someone who was there for it all ….