2014 Baseball cover
A convenient list of games involving San Francisco Bay Area teams and
their dates and times and a Memorable Sports Moment
Monday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 5
Issue No. 35

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Monday, September 29

Tuesday, September 30

Oakland A's @ Kansas City Royals, 5:00 p.m.

     (one game playoff)

San Jose Sharks v. Los Angeles Kings, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 1

San Francisco Giants @ Pittsburgh Pirates,

     5:00 p.m. (one game playoff)

Thursday, October 2

Friday, October 3

San Jose Sharks @ Arizona Coyotes, 7:00 p.m.


Fresno State Bulldogs v. San Diego State Aztecs,

     7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 4

San Jose Sharks @ Anaheim Ducks, 7:00 p.m.


San Jose Earthquakes v. Portland Timbers,

     7:30 p.m.

Cal Bears @ Washington State Cougars,

     7:30 p.m.

Stanford Cardinal @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish,

     12:30 p.m.

San Jose State Spartans v. UNLV Rebels,

     5:00 p.m.

UC Davis Aggies @ Portland State Vikings,

     4:30 p.m.

Sacramento State Hornets v. Montana State

     Bobcats, 6:00 p.m.

Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge,

     Sonoma Raceway

Sunday, October 5

San Francisco 49ers v. Kansas City Chiefs,

     1:25 p.m.

Oakland Raiders - BYE

Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge,

     Sonoma Raceway




Cal BB (M) - KGO 810 AM

Cal BB (W) - Pac-12 Network

Cal football - KGO 810 AM

Fresno Grizzlies - KYNO 1430  AM

Fresno State football - 940 AM ESPN Radio

Golden State Warriors - KNBR 680 AM

Oakland A's - 95.7 FM The Game

Oakland Raiders - 95.7 FM The Game

Sacramento Kings - KHTK 1140 AM

Sacramento River Cats - Talk 650 AM KSTE 

San Francisco 49ers - KNBR 680/1050 AM, KGO

     810 AM, KSAN 107.7 FM

San Francisco Giants - KNBR 680 AM

San Jose Earthquakes - 1590 KLIV  AM,

      1370 KZSF AM (Spanish)

San Jose Giants - MiLB Gameday Audio

San Jose SaberCats - KNBR 1050 AM

San Jose Sharks, KFOX 98.5 FM San Jose,
       102.1 FM San Francisco

San Jose State football - KLIV 1590 AM

Stanford BB (M) - KNBR 1050 AM, TBS (TV)

Stanford BB (W) - KZSU 90.1 FM

Stanford football - KNBR 1050 AM

Stockton Ports - KWSX 1280 AM

UC Davis football - KTHK 1140 AM


NFL Schedule - Week 5

Bye teams: Dolphins, Raiders

Thursday, October 2

Minnesota Vikings @ Green Bay Packers, 

     5:25 p.m.

Sunday, October 5

Chicago Bears @ Carolina Panthers, 10:00 a.m.

Cleveland Browns @ Tennessee Titans,

     10:00 a.m.

St. Louis Rams @ Philadelphia Eagles,

     10:00 a.m.

Atlanta Falcons @ New York Giants, 10:00 a.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints,

     10:00 a.m.

Houston Texans @ Dallas Cowboys, 10:00 a.m.

Buffalo Bills @ Detroit Lions, 10:00 a.m.

Baltimore Ravens @ Indianapolis Colts,

     10:00 a.m.

Pittsburgh Steelers @ Jacksonville Jaguars,

     10:00 a.m.

Arizona Cardinals @ Denver Broncos, 1:05 p.m.

Kansas City Chiefs @ San Francisco 49ers,

     1:25 p.m.

New York Jets @ San Diego Chargers, 1:25 p.m.

Cincinnati Bengals @ New England Patriots,

     5:30 p.m.

 Monday, October 6

Seattle Seahawks @ Washington Redskins,
     5:30 p.m.



"Baseball hasn't forgotten me. I go to a lot of old-timers games and I haven't lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things at me. Just like old times."

~Bob Uecker

MLB player, sportscaster, comedian and actor

Since 1971 Uecker has served as a play-by-play radio announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers


For your viewing pleasure

Kenny Karst - 49ers - 8-28-2014
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick runs from Philadelphia Eagles 10-year veteran linebacker Trent Cole (left) and defensive end Vinny Curry (#75).  The 49ers defeated the previously unbeaten Eagles 26-21 in a come-from-behind victory on Sunday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenny Karst.


Sea Ryan - Derek Carr - London
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr limped off the field in the third quarter of their game against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday. Carr, suffering a high ankle sprain, would not return and Miami prevailed, 38-14. Photo by Sean Ryan. Sean@srpphoto.com.


Kenny Karst - Cal - 9-27-2014

Colorado Buffalo junior wide receiver Nelson Spruce catches a touchdown in overtime against California Golden Bears sophomore cornerback Cameron Walker, tying the score at 56-56.  Cal came back to win 59-56 on senior kicker James Langford's 33-yard field goal in double overtime on Saturday afternoon at California's Memorial Coliseum in Berkeley.To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. 

Photo by Kenny Karst.


Kenny Karst - SJS - 9-2014
San Jose State Spartan junior quarterback Joe Gray runs up the middle for a short gain as Nevada Wolf Pack junior defensive end Lenny Jones applies the tackle.  Nevada defeated San Jose State 21-10 on Saturday night at Spartan Stadium in San Jose. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Kenny Karst.


Kenny Karst - 49ers Cheer - 9-2014

San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush Cheerleader Jessa dances in the end zone during a timeout on Sunday afternoon as the host 49ers defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 26-21 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara. To view a photo album of the game, visit our Facebook page shortly and be sure to LIKE us.

Photo by Kenny Karst. 


Ed Jay - PBR - 2014

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR.com), an international professional bull riding organization based in Pueblo, Colorado, visited Oracle Arena on September 26 and 27, much to the delight of western aficionados and their families. Riders attempted to stay on a bucking bull for eight seconds, which when viewed from the grandstands seemed like an eternity. It was, as few succeeded. To view a photo album of the PBR event, visit our Facebook page shortly and be sure to LIKE us. Photo by Ed Jay.



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Memorable Sports Moment
Charlie Finley
Oakland A's owner Charlie Finley with World Series trophies.

Nancy Finley
Chris de Benedetti

Oakland A's championships
--Nancy Finley and Chris De Benedetti

Charlie Finley built a baseball dynasty by possessing a skill rare for a sports owner: he knew the game and had an uncanny eye for talent. "Finley could look into the soul of a ball player and tell if he was a winner or not," said former Oakland Tribune beat writer Ron Bergman.

So perhaps it's not surprising that Finley, the Oakland A's owner from 1960 to 1980, was able to sign a nucleus of raw but talented players.

Charlie led a front office that was managed by his cousin Carl Finley, who did the work of 10 people in the threadbare organization.

The Finleys started in the mid-1960s by signing Catfish Hunter and, later, future Hall of Famers like Reggie Jackson and Rollie Fingers. Charlie then added several other very good players to the A's farm system: Vida Blue, Sal Bando, John "Blue Moon" Odom, Gene Tenace and Joe Rudi, just to name a few.

These young Finley-era players, of course, later led the Oakland A's to a World Series dynasty that won three consecutive titles from 1972 to '74.

But there is another crucial part of Charlie's secret to success.

Every great team has stars, but Charlie Finley really excelled at adding the "little guys" - the role players who do the small things that become the glue of championship teams. Each year Charlie added to the A's roster, making tweaks here, addressing needs there, and he shored up depth with trades big and small. Perhaps Charlie Finley's best deal came before the '72 season and it kick-started the franchise's World Series run. The A's had won the AL West in 1971, making the postseason for the first time in four decades. But Charlie recognized that even with Blue and Hunter the A's needed more quality starting pitching. So, he traded one of his heralded young outfielders, Rick Monday, to the Cubs for pitcher Ken Holtzman. The trade had its critics - Monday had been pegged as a "can't miss" prospect ever since he'd starred at Arizona State, and Holtzman was coming off his worst season as a pro, finishing 9-14 with an ugly 4.48 ERA.


But Charlie, ever the riverboat gambler, rolled the dice on Holtzman and won. The new A's hurler won 19 games in '72 and notched a World Series victory as Oakland beat Cincinnati to become world champs. Holtzman went on to win 77 games in his first four seasons in Oakland, joining Blue and Hunter as the Athletics' three aces.

But Charlie wasn't done. After winning the '72 World Series, Charlie recognized that the team needed a speedy center fielder-leadoff man. He filled both needs with one player, turning again to his adopted hometown, Chicago. Charlie knew the Cubs were disappointed in young Billy North, who hit just .181 in his rookie year. So he offered the Cubs a steady middle reliever named Bob Locker, who was coming off a career year.

Locker was out of baseball by '75 but North was exactly what the A's needed, roaming the Coliseum's spacious outfield with quick feet and a smooth glove. He also hit for average and drew plenty of walks, letting sluggers like Jackson, Bando and Rudi knock him in. North became a major cog for the A's lineup as they won World Series rings again in '73 and '74.

Charlie excelled with small moves, too. He stayed loyal to unspectacular but solid contributors like outfielder Angel Mangual and reliever Paul Lindblad, who often came up big in postseason games. Charlie also gave up very little to "rent" older players with one or two years left to give. He continually bolstered the roster with guys like Deron Johnson, Jesus Alou, Ted Kubiak and Dal Maxvill, reliable players who don't make the highlight reels but contributed mightily to the dynasty years.

I remember them, though, because I was there. I am Nancy Finley, Carl Finley's daughter, and I was there for so many A's games at the Oakland Coliseum during those heady years. Each October I can't help remembering those great Finley-led A's championship teams and all the big moments and nerve-racking games that the Green and Gold won.


I've come to realize that an underrated part of the Finley legacy was Charlie's ability to shore up the team's weaknesses in deals that bolstered the roster for pennant runs while keeping the core nucleus together until free agency hit. And it's one of many reasons why Finley's Oakland A's became one of Major League Baseball's greatest and most memorable teams.


Nancy Finley and Oakland journalist Chris De Benedetti are writing "The Green and the Gold,"

a book about Nancy's days growing up around the Athletics front office in the 1960s and '70s. For more information, visit her website at www.OaklandAthleticsHistory.com.


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