1B Jimmie Foxx – The Beast; seven seasons with 115+ RBI for Philadelphia; hit 58 HRs in ’32; won AL Triple Crown a year later.
2B Eddie Collins – Batted .344 or better five times for the As; stole 55+ bases five times; led AL in runs scored three straight years.
SS Miguel Tejada – Four consecutive years with 27+ HRs and 100+ RBI for Oakland; AL MVP in 2002.
3B Frank Baker – World Series hero in 1911; led AL in HRs 3 times; stole 20+ bases five times.
OF Reggie Jackson – Provided the power for Oakland’s championship teams of ’70s; AL MVP in ’73.
OF Rickey Henderson – High walk totals frequently pushed his OBP above .400; led AL in steals eight times for Oakland; AL MVP in 1990.
OF Al Simmons – Power hitter with nine straight 100+ RBI seasons for Philadelphia; batted .380 or better four times.
C Mickey Cochrane – Helped Athletics win 3 straight pennants (1929-31); batted .330 or better five times.
DH Jose Canseco – Put up juicy numbers; baseball’s first 40-40 man; six 100+ RBI seasons in Oakland
Bench Mark McGwire – A great power hitter even before the steroids; slammed 30+ HRs for Oakland eight times.
Pitcher Lefty Grove – Maybe the best southpaw of all time; while in Philly he led the AL in wins four times, ERA 5 times, and Ks 7 times.
Pitcher Catfish Hunter – Workhorse ace of the great ’70s teams in Oakland; won 21+ games four straight years.
Pitcher Eddie Plank – Seven-time 20-game winner with 59 shutouts for Athletics; Chief Bender and Rube Waddell are also strong choices.
Closer Dennis Eckersley – Baseball’s top closer from 1988-92; posted a 0.61 ERA in ’90; won Cy Young and AL MVP in ’92 after saving 51 games.
Outstanding all-around. Connie Mack could win a few games with this team.