Erratic in the field, Andrews had some sting at bat. Oakland picked him up in mid-1973
as a backup second baseman for the pennant drive, but when he made two key WS errors,
owner Charlie Finley maneuvered him onto the disabled list, enraging teammates, fans,
press, and Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. Andrews was reinstated and received a standing
ovation at Shea Stadium. Angry at Finley for provoking the embarrassing incident,
A's manager Dick Williams resigned during the off-season. Mike's brother Rob later
played in the NL.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»July 11, 1969: The Red Sox swat the Orioles twice, winning 7–4 and 123. Reggie Smith is 7-for-9 and stretches his hit streak to 19 games. Carl Yastrzemski has a homer in each game as the Red Sox total 22 hits in the nitecap, including five by Mike Andrews.
»September 1, 1970: The Red Sox take an 8–1 lead at Fenway, but Detroit rallies to win 10–9. The Sox take the lead on a Mike Andrews homer and a grand slam by Tony Conigliaro. The Tigers then use the long ball as well, collecting four homers, including a grand slam by Jim Price, to win. Patterson is the winner over Siebert.
»October 14, 1973: The Mets win game 2, 10–7, scoring four runs in an 11th inning featuring the last ML hit by Willie Mays and two errors by Oakland 2B Mike Andrews. Andrews is subsequently put on the "disabled list" by Charlie Finley.