Athletics owner Charlie Finley poses with players (clockwise from top left) Rollie Fingers (34), Joe Rudi (26), Vida Blue (14), Gene Tenace (18), Bert Campaneris (19), Jim Catfish Hunter (27), Sal Bando (6), and Reggie Jackson (9) during a 1974 SI photo shoot. The team would win the World Series a couple months later. Can this year’s squad bring another championship to Oakland? (Neil Leifer/SI)
VERDUCCI: Oakland reminds us of why we love baseballSI VAULT: Catfish Hunter leads A’s into playoffs (10.7.74)

Athletics owner Charlie Finley poses with players (clockwise from top left) Rollie Fingers (34), Joe Rudi (26), Vida Blue (14), Gene Tenace (18), Bert Campaneris (19), Jim Catfish Hunter (27), Sal Bando (6), and Reggie Jackson (9) during a 1974 SI photo shoot. The team would win the World Series a couple months later. Can this year’s squad bring another championship to Oakland? (Neil Leifer/SI)

VERDUCCI: Oakland reminds us of why we love baseball
SI VAULT: Catfish Hunter leads A’s into playoffs (10.7.74)