Unlike other players on this list, Bert Campaneris did not need the franchise to move before being a star.
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A steady player with excellent speed, Camaneris won three stolen base titles before the move to Oakland. He also became widely known for playing every position on the diamond in a game in 1965, the first player in major league history to do so.
The move to Oakland did not affect his production at all. As the A’s improved, he received greater recognition for his skills on the diamond, becoming a star. He was a five time All Star on the west coast, winning three more stolen base titles and led the AL with 177 hits in 1968. During the second dead ball era, his excellent speed was a true asset.
During his time in Oakland, Campaneris was a solid player atop the lineup. In those nine seasons, he posted a respectable .263/.316/.342 batting line, hitting 175 doubles and stealing 398 bases. Campineris was also a stellar defensive player, finishing second in runs saved three times, and ranks in the top 25 all time in putouts, assists, double plays, and range factor amongst major league shortstops.
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