Encyclopedia > Oakland Athletics

  Article Content

Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California.

Founded: 1893, as the Indianapolis, Indiana franchise in the minor Western League[?]. Moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1900 when that league became the American League. Moved to Kansas City, Missouri in 1955 and to Oakland in 1967.
Formerly known as: Philadelphia Athletics, 1901-1954. Kansas City Athletics, 1955-1966. The team is often called simply the "A's".
Home ballpark: Network Associates Coliseum, Oakland
Uniform colors: Green, White and Gold
Logo design: a stylized capital "A's". The team also occasionally uses a white elephant logo.
American League pennants won: 1901, 1905, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1988, 1989, 1990.
World Series championships won: 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1989

Franchise history

The Philadelphia years (1901-1954)

  • The "White Elephants: Connie Mack[?], the Lajoie scandal, early success
  • The $100,000 Infield: Baker, Barry, Collins, McInnis; dominance, 1910-1913; upset by Miracle Braves in 1914; dismantling of the team and subsequent cellar-dwelling
  • 1928-1932: Rebuilding of team in 1920s. Cochrane, Grove, Foxx, Simmons, others

The Kansas City years (1955-1966)

  • During the Kansas City years, the team generally did not draw well or do well. Kansas City was involved in so many bad trades with the Yankees (in which they gave up Roger Maris, Bob Cerv, and others, and got little in return) that they were jokingly considered to be a Yankee farm club.

The Oakland years (1967 to present)

  • Charlie Finley and the "Swingin' A's: Fingers, Hunter, Jackson. Colorful uniforms. Mustaches return to baseball in 1972.
  • The Bash Brothers: McGwire, Canseco, Stewart, Eck

Players of note

Baseball Hall of Famers:

 
Current stars:

Not to be forgotten:

Retired numbers:

External Link



All Wikipedia text is available under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License

 
  Search Encyclopedia

Search over one million articles, find something about almost anything!
 
 
  
  Featured Article
Cambrian explosion

... in British Columbia. Some Burgess Shale organisms display strikingly unusual body plans. A popular account of the paleontological analysis of the Burgess Shale is ...