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Generation A's Fans: A Family's Long Love Affair With One of Baseball's Best Teams Paperback – July 20, 2007

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In this remarkable story of a large suburban family s four-decade love affair with the Oakland Athletics, from their infancy to today, Don Marquez passionately illustrates why modest-income families must remain baseball s lifeblood. A heartwarming and personal tale, like the discovery of a rich and wonderful family diary. --Carl Steward, columnist for ANG Newspapers

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GROWING UP WITH THE A'S. The Oakland A's and the Marquez/Martinez family have one thing in common: they stick together through good times and bad. For Donald Marquez, the ballpark was as much of a home as the humble Bay Area split-level that housed eight children and their parents. Every family member had an A's story, from his beloved grandmother to his youngest cousins. Even Easter Sunday was planned around the Home Nine's schedule. The family suffered when Jose Canseco struck out an incredible 175 times in 1986, and rejoiced together at the team's breakthrough win in the 2006 playoffs. Generation A's Fans: A Family s Long Love Affair With One of Baseball's Best Teams is the story of one of the sport's most undervalued teams, and the family who loves them.
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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Union City Press (July 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097933120X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979331206
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,058,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Part memoir, part history of a sports legend, Generations A's Fans: A Family's Long Love Affair with One of Baseballs Best Teams is the tale of the Oakland A's and the Marquez/Martinez family, as told by Don Marquez, Sr. The author was intimately familiar with the ballpark, and every member of his family had a tale to tell about the A's. Generation A's Fans speaks of major events from when Jose Canseco struck out 175 times in 1986 to when the team made a breakthrough win in the 2006 playoffs. A heartwarming tale of sports fandom and family togetherness, illustrated with black-and-white photographs and often told directly in the words of individual Marquez/Martinez family members.
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Don Marquez may have started writing this book for his immediate family, but by the time he finished, he was writing for all of us long time A's fans. From the Charley Finley days to Billy Beane, Marquez does a great job describing what it means to be a Green Collar fan. The folks in the chap seats, the ones who lived through the hard times and the glory days. I loved this book because I've spent years of my life in sections 126, the second and in the better times, the third for the A's and the Raiders. I'm proud to be from the East Bay and obviously, the Marquez/Martinez family is too! I hope to meet you someday. Good job Don!!
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