OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland A’s will dedicate the home clubhouse to longtime equipment manager Steve “Vuc” Vucinich during the 2022 season, the team announced today during a pregame retirement ceremony honoring the longest tenured A’s employee.
“I am honored that I have made a small impact on an organization that means so much to me,” said Vucinich. “I hope my name lives on forever.”
Vucinich, who is in his 54th season with the Club, is retiring following the completion of the A’s 2022 Spring Training in Arizona. Vucinich joined the organization as a ballboy in 1968 when the franchise relocated to Oakland, and he served as an assistant in the home clubhouse from 1969 to 1973 before taking over as the visiting clubhouse manager from 1974 to 1993. This season marks Vucinich’s 28th season as the Club’s equipment manager.
The A’s will honor Vucinich next season as a member of the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022, which also includes Sal Bando, Eric Chavez, Keith Lieppman, and Joe Rudi. The sixth and final member of the Class of 2022 will be selected by a panel of A’s personnel, alumni, and fans.