Dagoberto “Bert” Campaneris Blanco (March 9, 1942-) is a retired Major League Baseball shortstop best remembered from his days with the Kansas City and Oakland Athletics (1964-1976). The A’s signed Campaneris as an amateur free agent in 1961, and in 1965, he led the A’s in batting average (.270) while leading the league in triples (12) and stolen bases (51), breaking Luis Aparicio’s nine-year run of AL stolen base leader. He went on to lead the American League in stolen bases six times from 1965 to 1972. After the team relocated to Oakland in 1968, Bert enjoyed what was arguably his best year in baseball as he led the American League in hits (177), steals (62), and at bats (642), and was selected for what would be his first of six All-Star Games (1968, 1972-1975, 1977). In 1970, he batted .279 with career highs in home runs (22) home runs and RBI (64), in addition to leading the AL in steals for the fifth time with 42. After the 1976 season, having recorded 566 stolen bases, 1,882 hits, and taken home three World Series rings (1972-1974), he signed with the Texas Rangers (1977-1979) and finished his career as a member of the California Angels (1979-1981) and New York Yankees (1983), where he batted a career-high .322 in 60 games. In his 19-year career, Campaneris batted .259 with 79 home runs, 646 RBI, 1,181 runs, 2,249 hits, 313 doubles, and 86 triples in 2,328 games. Among his other accomplishments, Bert led the AL in sacrifice hits in 1972 (20), 1977 (40), and 1978 (25). Campaneris holds the A’s franchise records for games played (1,795), hits (1,882) and at bats (7,180).
Salvatore Leonard “Sal” Bando (February 13, 1944-) was a key member of the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics that won five consecutive American League Western Division titles and three straight World Series Championships (1972-1974). The Kansas City Athletics selected the big third baseman in the sixth round of the 1965 MLB June Amateur Draft. Bando played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Athletics (1966-1967/1968-1976) and the Milwaukee Brewers (1977-1981). He played every game of the season four times in his career, sharing the league lead, and also led the league in plate appearances in 1969 and double in 1973. Sal was a four-time AL All-Star and was a candidate for AL MVP seven times, with three top-five finishes. Sal Bando retired after the 1981 season having batted .254 with 1,790 hits including 289 doubles and 242 home runs, scored 982 runs, stole 75 bases and drove in 1,039 RBI in 2,019 games played.