Hersch, Hank
October 1992
Sports Illustrated;10/22/92, Vol. 77 Issue 17, p9
The inaugural red, white and blue tip-off of the American Basketball Association, a game between the Oakland Oaks and the Anaheim Amigos, took place at the Oakland Coliseum Arena on October 13, 1967, which happened to be a Friday the 13th. It also happened to be the day after Game 7 of the World Series; the day Charlie Finley officially announced his intention to move the Kansas City A's to Oakland; and the same night that the San Francisco Warriors, the National Basketball Association's Bay Area outfit, were opening at home. The owner of the Oaks, Pat Boone, who had promised a Hollywood-type atmosphere for the opener, sang the national anthem. The ABA's best player, Rick Barry, did indeed gab with a Hollywood type, James Garner, as he watched his Oak teammates from the stands. In a 3-day trip the Amigos went from Oakland to Denver to Dallas to Indiana to Kentucky to Minnesota and lost five of six, before arriving in Anaheim, where they lost again.


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