Oakland Athletics

baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Oakland, California, United States

The Oakland Athletics, also known as the Oakland A's, are a professional Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California. The Athletics are a member of the Western Division of the American League. From 1968 to today, the Athletics have played in Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Oakland Athletics
2023 Oakland Athletics season
Established in 1901
Based in Oakland since 1968
Oakland A's logo.svgOakland A's cap logo.svg
Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations


Retired numbers
Colors
  • Green, gold, white[a][2]
         
Name
  • Oakland Athletics (1968–present)
  • Kansas City Athletics
  • Philadelphia Athletics
Other nicknames
  • The A's
  • The Swingin' A's (1970-1975)
  • The White Elephants
  • The Elephants
  • The Green and Gold
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (9)
AL Pennants (15)
West Division titles (17)
Wild card berths (4)
Front office
Owner(s)John J. Fisher
ManagerMark Kotsay
General ManagerDavid Forst
President of Baseball OperationsBilly Beane

The Athletics were an original member of the American League in 1901, playing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The name "Athletics" had been used by several other Philadelphia teams dating back to the 1860s. Most of the various "Athletics" teams wore a Gothic or Old English letter "A" on their uniforms. The current Athletics still often wear that old-style "A" or "A's" on their uniforms.

The old Athletics were very successful, winning several World Series championships. By the early 1950s, they were not playing well and the fans were no longer supporting them. So after over 50 years in Philadelphia, the Athletics moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in 1955. They were not very successful there, either. They moved again, to Oakland, in 1968. As the Oakland A's, they have won several World Series.

NotesEdit

  1. The team's official colors are green and gold, according to the official website of the team's mascot, Stomper.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "About Stomper". MLB Advanced Media. Athletics.com. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
  2. Clair, Michael (March 17, 2017). "Why do the A's wear green? You can thank Charlie Finley". MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved January 6, 2018. Before Finley came on board, the then-Kansas City A's wore baseball's standard blue-and-red combination. In 1963, that all changed as Finley outfitted the team in glorious gold (Finley said it was the same shade the United States Naval Academy used) and kelly green for the very first time.

Other websitesEdit

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