Rudi was a lifetime .264 hitter with only 179 homers and 810 RBIs, but he was a three-time Gold Glover and came in second in the MVP ballotting twice, behind Dick Allen in 1972 and Jeff Burroughs in 1974. As the blurb on the back says, "Joe was a quiet anchor for the rambunctious three-time world champ A's of the 70's."
Rambunctious? How about eclectic! With Jackson, Fingers, Hunter, Bando, Campaneris and Tenace, he had to be the quiet anchor!
He may not be a Hall of Famer, but he was a "name" on those great A's teams of the 70's. He will always be one of my favorites from that team.