For all of the wackiness on the field, the games in Oakland were played in curiously drab surroundings. At its flashiest the Coliseum is not an architectural beauty, and for the Series Finley neglected to decorate it with the flags and bunting that are traditional to such events. This seemed especially unusual, since the A's owner is a great believer in lily-gilding. The only diversions he provided his spectators on these days—besides anthem singers Jim Nabors and Tennessee Ernie Ford—were Charlie O., the mule, and Cricket, the world's smallest registered horse.
When asked about the bunting, the A's public-relations man, Robert (Steamboat) Fulton, explained that it had all been stolen during the playoffs.