Braden graces Sports Illustrated cover

Braden graces Sports Illustrated cover

ARLINGTON -- For the first time in nearly a decade, a member of the A's is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Dallas Braden, who tossed the 19th perfect game in Major League history on Sunday, is gracing the front page of America's most prolific sports magazine this week. The issue launched Wednesday and represents the 21st time that a member of the A's franchise has been featured on the cover.

Among the other A's featured on the prestigious cover include Philadelphia great Al Simmons and stars from the Swingin' A's of the 1970s, including Vida Blue and Bert Campaneris. Other A's cover boys include the likes of Walt Weiss and Oakland's 1981 rotation, which boasted Rick Langford, Steve McCatty, Brian Kingman, Mike Norris and Matt Keough.

Reggie Jackson tops the list with four covers, while Jose Canseco, Rickey Henderson, Mark McGwire and Catfish Hunter have been featured on two covers each.

Jason Giambi's appearance on the July 17, 2000, cover had been the last time an Oakland player emerged on a cover. Pitcher Jim Nash, meanwhile, became the first Athletics player to make an SI cover on March 13, 1967.