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Kansas City vs. Oakland: The Bitter Sports Rivalry That Defined an Era

Matthew C. Ehrlich


The book discusses a sports rivalry between two cities--Kansas City, Missouri and Oakland, California--during one of the most tumultuous periods in U.S. history, the mid-1960s through the mid-1970s. Kansas City and Oakland sought major league teams to show the rest of the world that they were no longer minor league in stature. Their efforts to attract big-league franchises pitted the two cities against each other. After they succeeded in landing those franchises, the cities’ football and baseball teams regularly fought each other--sometimes literally--on the field. By 1977 Kansas City and Oakl ... More

Keywords: Kansas City, Oakland, baseball, football, professional sports, race relations, labor, urban renewal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780252042652
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252042652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew C. Ehrlich, author
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign