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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Oakland Athletics

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The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California. The Athletics are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From 1968 to the present, the Athletics have played in the Oakland Coliseum.

The "Athletics" name originates from the late 19th century "athletic clubs", specifically the Athletic of Philadelphia. They are most prominently nicknamed "the A's", in reference to the blackletter "A", a trademark of the team and the old Athletic of Philadelphia. This has gained very prominent use, and in some circles is used more frequently than the full "Athletics" name. They are also known as "the White Elephants" or simply "the Elephants", in reference to then New York Giants' manager John McGraw's calling the team a "white elephant". This was embraced by the team, who then made a white elephant the team's mascot, and often incorporated it into the logo or sleeve patches.

One of the American League's eight charter franchises, the club was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1901. Then the Philadelphia Athletics, the team moved to Kansas City in 1955 and became the Kansas City Athletics. It was not until 1968 that the team moved to Oakland.

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Retired Numbers9, 24, 27, 34, 42, 43, (A's)
Colors


  • Green, Gold, White


              
Name


  • Oakland Athletics (1981–present)




  • Oakland A's (1970-1981)

  • Oakland Athletics (1968-1969)

  • Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967)

  • Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954)


(Referred to as "A's")
Other nicknames


  • The A's, The White Elephants, The Elephants


Ballpark


  • Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (1968–present)

    • a.k.a. McAfee Coliseum (2004-2008)

    • a.k.a. Network Associates Coliseum (1998-2004)



  • Municipal Stadium (Kansas City) (1955-1967)

  • Shibe Park (Philadelphia) (1909-1954)

    • a.k.a. Connie Mack Stadium (1953-1954)



  • Columbia Park (Philadelphia) (1901-1908)


Major league titles
World Series titles (9)1989 • 1974 • 1973 • 1972
1930 • 1929 • 1913 • 1911
1910
AL Pennants (15)1990 • 1989 • 1988 • 1974
1973 • 1972 • 1931 • 1930
1929 • 1914 • 1913 • 1911
1910 • 1905 • 1902
  
West Division titles (14) [1]2006 • 2003 • 2002 • 2000 
1992 • 1990 • 1989 • 1988 
1981 • 1975 • 1974 • 1973 
1972 • 1971 
  
Wild card berths (1)2001