Last month... Collecting Cutch asked his readers who would make their Mount Rushmores of non-hall of famers for their favorite team. I responded to his question in the comment section, but figured I might as well document it on my blog as well.
Oakland A's fans might not have a lot to look forward to this season... but we've had a rich history filled with plenty of fan favorites who will never have a plaque in Cooperstown. It took a few minutes, but I settled on two fan favorites from The Swingin' A's era and two guys from my youth.
Let's kick things off with my favorite of the four: Bert Campaneris.
2002 Topps Archives Autographs #TAA-BC
Campy was quick, versatile, and scored a lot of runs. Speaking of being versatile, back in 1965... he was the first MLB player to play all 9 positions in a single game. He's also the franchise leader in games played, hits, and dWAR. Had I been born a decade earlier, there's a chance he'd be my all-time favorite player.
I'd put Joe Rudi into Thomas Jefferson's position...
2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-JRU
A quick look at his career reveals that he played for the Oakland A's for over a decade and was part of all three World Series titles in the 70's. He was a 3x AL All-Star, a 3x Gold Glove Award winner, and came very close to winning two AL MVP Awards.
1999 Fleer SI Greats of the Game #52
But his catch at the wall in the 1972 World Series was the deciding factor in adding him to this Mt. Rushmore over guys like Gene Tenace and Sal Bando.
Sliding into Teddy Roosevelt's spot is Dave Stewart...
2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-DS
My favorite era of Oakland A's baseball is the late 80's... when the A's were one of the best teams in baseball. Stew was their staff ace going 64-32 with a 3.04 ERA and 33 complete games from 1988 to 1990. He was also the 1989 World Series MVP the year the A's won it all. He was the only no-brainer for this post.
And rounding out my Mount Rushmore of Oakland's A's (non hall of famers) is gonna be Carney Lansford.
2012 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-CL
Playing with guys like Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, and Rickey Henderson... it's easy to fly under card collectors' radar. But A's fans appreciated his consistency at the plate and at the hot corner... as well as his ability to lead his teammates by example.
Speaking of flying under card collectors' radar... one of my favorite things to collect these days are the Topps Archives autographs, because their checklist is focused on fan favorites that aren't necessarily Cooperstown bound.
Thank you Collecting Cutch for inspiring this post and allowing me to share a few of my favorite Archives autographs and my Mount Rushmore of Unsung Heroes.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!