A's plan two-day celebration of '72 title team

A's plan two-day celebration of '72 title team

ANAHEIM -- In less than a week, the A's will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1972 World Series title, bringing in several of the championship team's players to the Coliseum.

A two-night celebration, scheduled for Friday and Saturday when the Indians are in town, will feature appearances by Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers, Cy Young winner and American League MVP Vida Blue, World Series MVP Gene Tenace and All-Stars Bert Campaneris, Joe Rudi and Ken Holtzman, among others.

On Friday, members of the '72 team, who brought home the first world championship by any major professional sports team in Bay Area history, will sign autographs for fans in the Eastside Club, with proceeds benefiting the Jim "Catfish" Hunter ALS Foundation.

Autograph tickets are $20 per station during each session, with four sessions, each featuring two stations, scheduled. Tickets will go on sale outside the Eastside Club North doors, near Section 234, at 5:35 p.m. PT, and the sessions will run from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.

A pregame on-field reunion honoring the '72 team will highlight the schedule on Saturday, when the first 10,000 fans through the gate will receive a Rollie Fingers bobblehead. Fingers will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The '72 championship, claimed in a memorable seven-game series over the Reds, marked the first of three straight World Series titles by Oakland.