The “Oakland Athletics” (abbreviated as Oakland A’s) is a professional baseball team situated in Oakland, California. The team is part of the Western Divison, which plays in the American League (AL) of the Major League Baseball (MLB Tickets). The Oakland Athletics play their home games at the Oakland Museum since their relocation in the year 1968.
The name “Athletics” was derived from the “athletic clubs” in the late 19th century, particularly the Philadelphia Athletics baseball club. The team was famously nicknamed as the “A’s” in connection to the Gothic script “A”, which was referred to the team’s trademark and the old Philadelphia Athletics.
The team is also recognized as the “White Elephants” or “Elephants”, in connection to former New York Giants’ manager John McGraw, who used to call the team as a white elephant. Later on, it was practiced and embraced by the Athletics, in fact, they created a white elephant team’s mascot and a printed white elephant incorporated into the logo and or sleeve patches.
In the 1970s, at the time of the team’s heyday, the management often termed as the “Swingin’ A’s”. The “Swingin’ A’s” denotes both of the team’s exceptional power and to connect the team with the increasing influence of disco culture.
History: Where It All Started
Founded in the year 1901, the Oakland Athletics were first established in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania named as the Philadelphia Athletics. At that time, the team was part of the American League’s eight charter franchises. During the time of Philadelphia Athletics, the team had several winnings in the World Series Championships from the year 1910 up to 1913. The team had achieved another two victories in a row in the year 1929 and 1930.
For the first 50 years, the team was under the management and ownership of Connie Mack. In Mack’s years of management, some of its players had been inducted in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. These players, including Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Chief Bender and Frank “Home Run” Bake, were able to compile an outstanding MBL records in the baseball gaming history of the Oakland Athletics.
In the year 1955, the Philadelphia Athletics left the city of Philadelphia and moved to Kansas, where the team renamed itself as the Kansas City Athletics. After spending 13 cushy seasons in Kansas, the team moved to Oakland, California in the year 1968 and became the Oakland Athletics. From there, the highlights soon appeared with a consecutive three World Series Championships in one row from the year 1972 until 1974.
At that time, the team were out with the new recruits, including the ace reliever Rollie Fingers, Catfish Hunter and Charlie O. Finley, who also happened to be the team’s owner. Later on, Finley decided to sell the team to Walter A. Haas, Jr.
After the purchase, the team’s run of success has continued to grow from time to time. In fact, the Athletics won three frequent pennants and achieved another World Series Championship victory in the year 1989, which was believed to be successful by the effort contributions of the “Bash Brothers” Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire as well as by Ricky Henderson and Dennis Eckersley.