March 29, 2018

Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics, often referred to as the A’s, are an American professional baseball team based in Oakland, California. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division. The team plays its home games at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum. They have won nine World Series championships, the third-most of all current MLB teams. The 2017 season was the club’s 50th while based in Oakland.

One of the American League’s eight charter franchises, the team was founded in Philadelphia in 1901 as the Philadelphia Athletics. They won three World Series championships from 1910 to 1913 and back-to-back titles in 1929 and 1930. The team’s owner and manager for its first 50 years was Connie Mack and Hall of Fame players included Chief Bender, Frank “Home Run” Baker, Jimmie Foxx, and Lefty Grove. The team left Philadelphia for Kansas City in 1955 and became the Kansas City Athletics before moving to Oakland in 1968. They won three consecutive World Championships between 1972 and 1974, led by players including Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, ace reliever Rollie Fingers, and colorful owner Charlie O. Finley. After being sold by Finley to Walter A. Haas Jr., the team won three consecutive pennants and the 1989 World Series behind the “Bash Brothers”, Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, as well as Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rickey Henderson and manager Tony La Russa.

Oakland Athletics

World Series titles (9): 1910; 1911; 1913; 1929; 1930; 1972; 1973; 1974; 1989
Arena/Stadium: Oakland Alameda Coliseum
President of Baseball Operations: Billy Beane
World Series championships: 1989, 1974, 1973, 1972, 1930, 1929, 1913, 1911, 1910
Did you know: The Oakland Athletics have the fifth-longest MLB unbeaten streak by games (20).

Postseason Results
SEASON ROUND OPPONENT SERIES RESULT
2014 Wild Card Game Kansas City Royals L 0-1
2013 League Divisional Series Detroit Tigers L 2-3
2012 League Divisional Series Detroit Tigers L 2-3
2006 League Championship Series Detroit Tigers L 0-4
2006 League Divisional Series Minnesota Twins W 3-0
2003 League Divisional Series Boston Red Sox L 2-3
2002 League Divisional Series Minnesota Twins L 2-3
2001 League Divisional Series New York Yankees L 2-3
2000 League Divisional Series New York Yankees L 2-3
1992 League Championship Series Toronto Blue Jays L 2-4
1990 World Series Cincinnati Reds L 0-4
1990 League Championship Series Boston Red Sox W 4-0
1989 World Series San Francisco Giants W 4-0
1989 League Championship Series Toronto Blue Jays W 4-1
1988 World Series Los Angeles Dodgers L 1-4
1988 League Championship Series Boston Red Sox W 4-0
1981 League Championship Series New York Yankees L 0-3
1975 League Championship Series Boston Red Sox L 0-3
1974 World Series Los Angeles Dodgers W 4-1
1974 League Championship Series Baltimore Orioles W 3-0
1973 World Series New York Mets W 4-3
1973 League Championship Series Baltimore Orioles W 3-2
1972 World Series Cincinnati Reds W 4-3
1972 League Championship Series Detroit Tigers W 3-2