Oakland Athletics 1972

Bill Band

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Watercolor Painting

Bill Band

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

$795.00 USD - Price includes framing as well as fast, free shipping with UPS

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

At the core of the framed piece is the actual piece of original artwork as painted by the artist on textured 100% rag, water-marked watercolor paper. In many cases the original artwork has handwritten notes in pencil from the artist (be sure to “See the actual artwork without the frame” elsewhere in this website). Simply put, this is beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork.

The outer mat is a rich textured black acid-free mat with a decorative inset white v-groove, while the inner mat is a complimentary colored acid-free mat reflecting one of the team’s primary colors. The website image of this framed piece shows the mat color that we suggest (Hunter Green), but since each piece is custom framed, we are happy to use whatever color mat you wish (depending on availability) – our standard mat colors are:

Light Blue / Dark Blue / Brown / Maroon (close to brown) / White / Silver / Gold / Yellow (bright yellow) / Green (dark green) / Orange / Purple / Red (bright red, somewhat close to PMS 186)

Beneath the artwork is a silver plate with black text describing the original artwork. The text for this piece will read:

This original, one-of-a-kind watercolor painting of the 1972 Oakland Athletics uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Oakland Athletics uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Oakland Athletics products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Bill Band for Maple Leaf Productions Ltd. 1972 was a World Series winning season for the Oakland Athletics.

Beneath the silver plate is a 3” x 9” reproduction of a well known, best-selling print that celebrates the history of the team. The print beautifully illustrates the chronological evolution of the team’s uniform and shows you how the original art was used in the creation of this print. If you look closely, you will see that the print features the actual artwork being offered for sale. The 3” x 9” print looks like this:

The piece is framed with an extremely high quality framing glass. We have used this glass style for many years with excellent results. We package every piece very carefully in a double layer of bubble wrap and a rigid double-wall cardboard package to avoid breakage at any point during the shipping process, but if damage does occur, we will gladly repair, replace or refund. Please note that all of our products come with a 90 day 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Each framed piece also comes with a two page letter signed by Scott Sillcox describing the history behind the art. If there was an extra-special story about your piece of art, that story will be included in the letter. When you receive your framed piece, you should find the letter lightly attached to the front of the framed piece.

If you have any questions, at any time, about the actual artwork or about any of the artist’s handwritten notes on the artwork, I would love to tell you about them. Simply email me, Scott Sillcox, at scott@heritagesportsart.com and I will tell you everything I can about your original piece of art. The artists and I spent well over ten years of our lives creating these pieces of original artwork, and in many cases there are stories I can tell you about your actual piece of artwork that might add an extra element of interest in your one-of-a-kind purchase.

Please note that all reproduction rights for this original work are retained in perpetuity by Major League Baseball unless specifically stated otherwise in writing by MLB. For further information, please contact Heritage Sports Art at questions@heritagesportsart.com .



The Athletics began the practice of wearing a 3rd uniform as far back as 1966, something that was far ahead of its time. Unlike today when teams routinely wear 3rd and even 4th and 5th uniforms as a means of increasing merchandise revenue, teams used to simply have one uniform for home games and another for road games.This 1972 jersey is of a double-knit style that most major league teams succumbed to during the 70's and early 80's. It was a pullover style, made of stretchy, synthetic material. The pants were called Sans-a-Belts because the elasticized waistline eliminated the need for a belt. The 1970 Pirates were the first double-knit sans-a-belt team, and the Cards and Astros joined them in 1971. By 1975 two thirds of major league teams had succumbed.Keen observers might note that in 1972 the Athletics only played 155 games instead of the usual 162 why? On March 30 1972, Marvin Miller, executive director of the Players' Association, completes his canvass of players on the issue of a players strike. The vote comes in at 663 in favor of a strike, ten against, and two abstentions. Thus on April 6 1972, for the first time in history, the major-league season fails to open due to a general player strike. The strike, announced April 1, will erase 86 games from the major league schedule. The end of the baseball strike is announced on April 13 with an abbreviated schedule to start two days later. And when the season starts on April 15, Reggie Jackson sports a mustache as the Athletics top the Twins 4-3 in 11 innings. Jackson is reported to be the first major league player with facial hair since Wally Schang in 1914.After losing the 1971 American League Championship Series to Baltimore in 3 straight games, the 1972 Athletics go 92-63 under 2nd year Manager Dick Williams and head back into the post season for the second year in a row.In the best-of-five ALCS, the Athletics faced the Detroit Tigers. The Athletics won game 1 in dramatic fashion as they scored 2 in the bottom of the 11th after the Tigers had scored in the top of the inning, and they cruised to a 5-0 win in game 2 and looked to be on their way to their first World Series since 1931.But the next 3 games were in Detroit, and the Tigers took games 3 & 4 to force a 5th and deciding Game 5. On the strength of 5 great innings from Blue Moon Odom and 4 strong relief innings from normal starter Vida Blue, the Athletics held on for a 2-1 win and a birth in the World Series against the powerful Big Red Machine of Cincinnati.The Athletics had little time to celebrate, and two days after clinching the AL Pennant they opened against the Pete Rose and Johnny Bench led Cincinnati Reds and without the services of injured Reggie Jackson.In game one in Cincinnati, the Athletics Gene Tenace is the hero, making World Series history by belting two home runs in his first 2 Series at bats, and leading the Athletics to a 3 to 2 win. The Athletics win game two by a narrow 2-1 margin, and head home up two games to none. Billingham tosses a 3 hit shutout for the Reds as they climb back into the Series in a 2-1 win, but in game four the Athletics come back with 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to squeeze out a 3-2 win. Four games, all decided by one run.Game 5 would be no different, with the Reds scoring a run in the top of the 8th and another in the top of the 9th for a 5-4 win. Now it was back to Cincinnati for game 6 & it need be, game 7.In the only non one-run game of the Series, the Reds clobber the Athletics 8-1 and it's on to game seven. Who else but Gene Tenace would be the Series hero yet again by driving in 2 RBIs on 2 hits to give the Athletics a 3-2 win and their first Championship since 1930. Hitting .348 with 4 home runs and 9 RBI, catching and playing 1st, Gene Tenace was named the World Series MVP.

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