Charlie Kometer is one of two 2005 inductees into the A`s Hall of Fame. Kometer played from 1968 through 1974 and was an instrumental performer.
Kometer posted a career batting average of .290. He led the club in home runs three times and in runs batted in three times. His best years were in 1972 when he hit .331 and in 1971 when he hit .288 with nine doubles, a triple, six home runs and 39 runs batted in.
Kometer played a key role in those early A's years that rejuvenated baseball in the city after the team took a leave of absence in 1966, reorganized in 1967 under the sponsorship of Andersen's Sport Shop, and fought the on-going struggles dealing with the antiquated Legion Park.
Chuck Zeichert, who managed Kometer, said the impact Charlie had on and off the field during the early years of the A's cannot be measured or forgotten.
Kometer is a South high grad where he was a standout football player (there was no high school baseball back in the 1960s).