The City of Oakland has declared September 10–14 as “Oakland Loves Our Sports Teams” week. With all three professional franchises (A’s, Warriors and Raiders) perpetually threatening to leave town, now would be a great time to show your favorite team a little love if you’re a fan.
Wednesday, September 12 from noon–1pm the city is hosting a Home Team Rally and Noontime Concert at Oakland City Center (Broadway between 12th and 14th streets in downtown Oakland) to support our local teams as the Raiders kick off their season and the A’s hope for post-season play.
Only a few blocks away at the Main Library (125 14th Street), the Oakland History Room has a fascinating collection of A’s (and Oakland Oaks) and Raiders books and memorabilia (for in-library use only), including The Best Bay Area Sports Arguments: The 100 Most Controversial, Debatable Questions for Die-Hard Fans by Cam Inman.
Or check out one of these books in the OPL system about the A’s:
Moneyball by Michael Lewis (available at Montclair)
Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball’s Super Showman by G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius (Montclair)
Coyote Moon by John A. Miller – A rare work of fiction featuring the A’s, this book ponders whether a rookie player for the Oakland Athletics could be the latest in a line of reincarnated spirits leading back to Sir Isaac Newton. Field of Dreams meets A Brief History of Time.
The History of the Oakland Athletics by Aaron Frisch (children’s; available at Montclair)
The Oakland A’s by Mark Stewart (children’s)
Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden’s Oakland Raiders by Peter Richmond
The Story of the Oakland Raiders by Scott Caffrey (children’s)
Golden State Warriors by Rob Tricchinelli (YA)
The Golden State Warriors by Mark Stewart (children’s)