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Retired Numbers - Oakland Athletics


Continuing with my posts on retired numbers, below are card scans of former MLBers whose numbers have been retired by the Oakland Athletics to forever be revered.

No. 9 Reggie Jackson

2013 Topps Commemorative Patch Card #RCP-7

No. 24 Rickey Henderson

1991 Bowman #692.

There are so many great, great Henderson cards that I had a hard time picking out just one for this post. Well the '91 Bowman really stood out to me.

No. 27 Catfish Hunter

1976 Laughlin #7.

As noted here, Hunter is one of only 6 players ever that went directly from HIGH SCHOOL to the major leagues and NEVER played in the minor leagues.

No. 34 Rollie Fingers

1976 Hostess #104.

No. 42    Jackie Robinson
1980-1987 SSPC HoF #89.
I love how Oakland's green and gold colors stand out in the border of this card.

No. 43 Dennis Eckersley

2014 Panini HoF Induction Class of 2004 Autograph #78.

Who do you think will be the next former Oakland A to have their uniform number to be retired? Vida Blue? Dave Stewart? Mark McGwire? How about a manager, either Dick Williams, Tony LaRussa, or Art Howe?  LMK who you think it may be.

My favorite card from this post: As noted above, I love the 1991 Bowman Ricky Henderson cards.

What's your favorite?

Thanks for visiting!

CinciCuse Bill


  1. That Eckersley card is terrific. As for the Athletics retiring McGuire number, that seems unlikely due to his steroids abuse.

    I could see someone like Vida Blue getting his number retired.

    1. I’d love to see them go with Blue. He was almost a Red but then Commish. Kuhn nixed the deal “in the best interest of baseball “. That would never fly today.

  2. It's crazy what a high percentage of the truly great A's played in the days before uniform numbers. But Jimmie Foxx did wear number 3 for about 5 years, and that really should be retired for him.

    1. So true. I struggled with that when writing this post. Like in the Reds case, most early A’s either had no number or they had multiple numbers. Foxx, Alexander, Klein, etc.

  3. Some fine Yankees there (though all three were much better on the A's, even Reggie).

  4. As much as I love my A's... I don't see them retiring anyone else's number anytime soon. But if I had to choose... I'd say Campaneris. I wish they held onto their star players. If they did... then maybe Matt Chapman in 20 years. And the Bowman Rickey would be my favorite too... although the others are very cool too.

  5. Campy and those early 70’s A’s were a dy-nasty!
    Sadly, the Bash Bros. (& so many other greats) took themselves out of the equation.


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