Debate: Greatest Player in A's History
3. Eddie Plank: Unless you’re a baseball quizmaster there is a fair chance you’ve never heard of Eddie Plank. Gettysburg Eddie was literally there from beginning, making his MLB debut on May 31, 1901 and played his last game for the Athletics at the end of the 1914 season. During his tenure Plank tallied a record of 284-162, an ERA of 2.39 and 1,985 punch outs. All four of which are still franchise records. Only Lefty Grove has a higher winning percentage. Plank also won two World Series titles for the Athletics in 1911 and 1913. It might be a long time before any of those records can be contested. Plank made the Hall of Fame in 1946.
2. Jimmie Foxx: Double X is one of the greatest hitters in Major League history, let alone for the Athletics. During his 11-year run with the Athletics, Foxx amassed mindboggling stats: 1,492 hits, 302 home runs, 1,075 RBI, a .339 BA and an OPS of 1.079. Not to mention two MVPs (1932 and 1933), two World Series victories (1929 and 1930) and the Triple Crown in 1933 with a line of .356/48 HR/163 RBI. Many will try to accumulate what Foxx did in such a short time, but all will struggle. Foxx made the Hall of Fame in 1951.
1. Rickey Henderson: Arguably the greatest leadoff hitter in the name of the game, Rickey personified the Athletics franchise in Oakland for 14 seasons of his excellent 21-year career. Never the stranger to talking in the third person, Rickey posted an astonishing OPS of .839, allowing him to swipe 867 bases, including the single season record of 130 in 1982. Rickey also drew 1,227 walks, 1,768 base knocks, 648 RBI and score 1,270 times for the Athletics. Did I mention he was arguably the greatest leadoff hitter of all-time? Rickey made the Hall of Fame in 2009.
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