Charles O. Finley signed baseball hits #1,000
Charles Finley was born in Ensley (AL) but moved as a child to Indiana. He made his fortune in the insurance business, being among the first to write group medical insurance policies for those in the medical profession. In 1960, he purchased the controlling interest in the Kansas City Athletics, changed the team colors to green, gold and white, and eventually moved the team to Oakland, CA in 1968, where they won three straight World Series between 1972 to 1974.
Finley sold the team in 1981, unable to keep his baseball talent with the advent of free agency. From 1967 to 1975, the Birmingham Barons were a minor league team in the Athletics’ system.
The ball is an official American League ball, stamped with the signature of Joe Cronin, American League President (1959-1973), and the Rawlings baseball logo. American League balls were made by Rawlings and National League balls were made by Spaulding until 1977, when Rawlings became the sole provider of major league baseballs.