Colorful former A’s broadcaster Monte Moore will be the emcee for the team’s 40th anniversary celebration Sunday at McAfee Coliseum and will announce the all-time Oakland team since the franchise’s move from Kansas City.
What are you looking forward to the most this weekend? Just being part of something that started 40 years ago. I was there on opening night in the first game played at the Coliseum.
Was there a player you thought should have been on the 40th anniversary team? They picked three starting pitchers and I hoped they would pick two relief pitchers, Dennis Eckersley and Rollie Fingers, instead of one. [Eckersley was picked over Fingers.] They both were incredible.
What was it like moving from Kansas City? We had just had a terrible couple of years. When it was announced we were coming to the Bay Area, Charlie Finley called me up and he basically had me take seven A’s players and go around the Bay Area and Northern California to introduce ourselves. It was really strange because the Giants owned the territory.
Is there one moment that stands out from your 20 years in Oakland? It’s not really hard to pick at all. In 1972 we played the Detroit Tigers [in a best-of-five series for the right to go to the World Series]. The moment I really relish was the last out of the fifth game and my first opportunity to broadcast a game on a national level, and I got to do it with Curt Gowdy.