OAKLAND -- Bert Campaneris will lead off the A's return to the Coliseum following a disappointing first two games of the American League Division Series in Detroit, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before Tuesday's Game 3.
The former A's shortstop and three-time World Series champion remains one of the most celebrated and popular former players in franchise history, and still holds several team records, including career games played (1,795), hits (1,882) and at-bats (7,180).
Earlier this season, Campaneris threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Oakland's first Cactus League game in March to open the spring season.
Campaneris is fondly remembered for being a major contributor to the A's team that won three straight titles from 1972-74. Signed out of Cuba as an amateur free agent in 1961, the six-time All Star manned shortstop for Oakland until he left for the Rangers in 1977.