Titletown 1970’s: Oakland

As I walked through an empty Oakland airport this week, just a short distance of the Oakland Coliseum, I was reminded of how for a period in the 1970’s this Titletown USA.

Charlie Finley and the A’s

There was the remarkable Oakland A’s who, under owner Charlie Finley, revolutionized  baseball in style and substance and won five consecutive American League West titles and a World Series three-peat (something only the New York Yankees had achieved).

Just Win Baby

There was also Al Davis’ rowdy Oakland Raiders who played in 6 AFC Championship games.  In 1976 they went 13-1 and won Super Bowl XI .  The Raiders also won Super Bowl XV in 1980.

HBO captured the rebellious nature of those teams and the era in “Rebels of Oakland”.  Segment one below.

What About Pittsburgh

In all fairness, the city of  Pittsburgh two World Series and four Super Bowls in the 1970’s – beating Oakland in two out of three AFC Championship games and, most memorably, in the 1972 Divisional Playoff with the “Immaculate Reception.”

Warriors Come Out to Play

I list Oakland as Titletown because they won titles in three sports with the improbable tale of the Golden State Warriors who surprised everyone by making the NBA Finals (most of all their landlord which forced them to play in San Francisco’s Cow Palace)

Not So Golden Seals

There was one Oakland team that lived up to Margaret Mead’s famous diss about there being “no there there” — the NHL’s California Golden Seals.  They moved to Cleveland after the 1976 season and were folded into the Minnesota Northstars.

Year by Year

Rk Year Tm Lg G W L Ties W-L% Finish Playoffs R RA Top Player Managers
35 1979 Oakland Athletics AL West 162 54 108 0 .333 7th of 7 573 860 R.Langford (4.1) Jim Marshall (54-108)
36 1978 Oakland Athletics AL West 162 69 93 0 .426 6th of 7 532 690 M.Keough (3.0) Bobby Winkles (24-15) and Jack McKeon (45-78)
37 1977 Oakland Athletics AL West 161 63 98 0 .391 7th of 7 605 749 M.Page (6.0) Jack McKeon (26-27) and Bobby Winkles (37-71)
38 1976 Oakland Athletics AL West 161 87 74 0 .540 2nd of 6 686 598 V.Blue (7.7) Chuck Tanner (87-74)
39 1975 Oakland Athletics AL West 162 98 64 0 .605 1st of 6 Lost ALCS (3-0) 758 606 R.Jackson (6.7) Al Dark (98-64)
40 1974 Oakland Athletics AL West 162 90 72 0 .556 1st of 6 Won WS (4-1) 689 551 C.Hunter (6.9) Al Dark (90-72)
41 1973 Oakland Athletics AL West 162 94 68 0 .580 1st of 6 Won WS (4-3) 758 615 R.Jackson (7.8) Dick Williams (94-68)
42 1972 Oakland Athletics AL West 155 93 62 0 .600 1st of 6 Won WS (4-3) 604 457 J.Rudi (6.1) Dick Williams (93-62)
43 1971 Oakland Athletics AL West 161 101 60 0 .627 1st of 6 Lost ALCS (3-0) 691 564 V.Blue (8.6) Dick Williams (101-60)
44 1970 Oakland Athletics AL West 162 89 73 0 .549 2nd of 6 678 593 S.Bando (6.1) John McNamara (89-73)
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/10/2013.

Top Players Off Rank Def Rank Overall Rank
Year Tm W L T Playoffs Pts PtsO PtDif Coaches AV Passing Rushing Receiving Pts Yds Pts Yds T/G Pts± Yds±
1980 Oakland Raiders* 11 5 0 Won SB 364 306 58 Flores Hayes Plunkett van Eeghen Branch 7 16 10 11 6 9 13
1979 Oakland Raiders 9 7 0 365 337 28 Flores Stabler Stabler van Eeghen Branch 7 11 17 21 6 11 20
1978 Oakland Raiders 9 7 0 311 283 28 Madden Shell Stabler van Eeghen Casper 10 10 10 16 13 8 10
1977 Oakland Raiders* 11 3 0 Lost Conf 351 230 121 Madden van Eeghen Stabler van Eeghen Casper 1 2 14 15 6 4 4
1976 Oakland Raiders* 13 1 0 Won SB 350 237 113 Madden Branch Stabler van Eeghen Branch 4 2 12 18 19 7 7
1975 Oakland Raiders* 11 3 0 Lost Conf 375 255 120 Madden Villapiano Stabler Banaszak Branch 4 4 7 3 17 6 2
1974 Oakland Raiders* 12 2 0 Lost Conf 355 228 127 Madden Branch Stabler Hubbard Branch 1 2 9 16 2 1 7
1973 Oakland Raiders* 9 4 1 Lost Conf 292 175 117 Madden Brown Stabler Hubbard Siani 10 3 3 2 15 7 2
1972 Oakland Raiders* 10 3 1 Lost Div 365 248 117 Madden Hubbard Lamonica Hubbard Biletnikoff 3 3 8 12 8 4 2
1971 Oakland Raiders 8 4 2 344 278 66 Madden Biletnikoff Lamonica Hubbard Biletnikoff 2 7 14 16 12 8 13
1970 Oakland Raiders* 8 4 2 Lost Conf 300 293 7 Madden Upshaw Lamonica Dixon Wells 9 1 19 19 16 13 4
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/10/2013.

Season Team W L W-L% Finish SRS ORtg DRtg Playoffs Coaches
1979-80 Golden State Warriors 24 58 .293 6 -4.20 102.0 106.3 A. Attles (18-43), J. Bach (6-15)
1978-79 Golden State Warriors 38 44 .463 6 0.46 102.4 102.0 A. Attles (38-44)
1977-78 Golden State Warriors 43 39 .524 5 0.41 99.6 99.3 A. Attles (43-39)
1976-77 Golden State Warriors* 46 36 .561 3 3.10 102.4 99.5 Lost Western Conference Semifinals A. Attles (46-36)
1975-76 Golden State Warriors* 59 23 .720 1 6.23 100.6 94.5 Lost Western Conference Finals A. Attles (59-23)
1974-75 Golden State Warriors* 48 34 .585 1 2.86 100.4 97.3 Won Finals A. Attles (48-34)
1973-74 Golden State Warriors 44 38 .537 2 2.42 100.8 98.4 A. Attles (44-38)
1972-73 Golden State Warriors* 47 35 .573 2 3.12 Lost Western Conference Finals A. Attles (47-35)
1971-72 Golden State Warriors* 51 31 .622 2 0.92 Lost Western Conference Semifinals A. Attles (51-31)
1970-71 San Francisco Warriors* 41 41 .500 2 -0.83 Lost Western Conference Semifinals A. Attles (41-41)
1969-70 San Francisco Warriors 30 52 .366 6 -4.15 G. Lee (22-30), A. Attles (8-22)
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/10/2013.

Season Team GP W L T OL PTS Finish Playoffs Coaches
1975-76 California Golden Seals 80 27 42 11 65 4th J. Evans (27-42-11)
1974-75 California Golden Seals 80 19 48 13 51 4th M. Johnston (11-28-9), B. McCreary (8-20-4)
1973-74 California Golden Seals 78 13 55 10 36 8th F. Glover (11-38-8), M. Johnston (2-17-2)
1972-73 California Golden Seals 78 16 46 16 48 8th G. Young (2-7-3), F. Glover (14-39-13)
1971-72 California Golden Seals 78 21 39 18 60 6th F. Glover (0-1-2), V. Stasiuk (21-38-16)
1970-71 California Golden Seals 78 20 53 5 45 7th F. Glover (20-53-5)
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/10/2013.

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