Oakland Athletics are known famously as the A’s, one of the American League's franchises in Major League Baseball (MLB), was founded in Philadelphia in 1901 as the Philadelphia Athletics and currently based in Oakland in the Oakland Alameda Coliseum. The team owner and manager for the first 50 years was Connie Mack, while the present owner is John Fisher with Bob Melvin as the team’s current manager.
The nickname "A's" has always been used interchangeably with "Athletics", and dates to the team's early days when writers wanted to shorten the name. From 1972 through 1980, the team’s nickname was “Oakland A's", even though, during that time, the Commissioner's Trophy, given annually to the winner of Major League Baseball's World Series Title, still listed the team's name as the "Oakland Athletics" on the gold-plated pennant standing for the Oakland franchise.
The team plays its home games at the Oakland County Coliseum, but they had not always been there, the team left Philadelphia for Kansas City in 1955 and converted to the “Kansas City Athletics” before moving to Oakland in 1968. From that time the Coliseum has been home base to them. There have been talks about a baseball stadium, but nothing has come to fruition till now.
They won the three World Series Championships from 1910 to 1913 and consecutive titles in 1929 and 1930. They won nine World Series Championships in all with the 2017 season being the club’s fiftieth season anniversary. From 1972 to 1974 they won three consecutive World Championships.
The Oakland Athletics boasts a number of players inducted into the MLB Baseball Hall of Fame, some of them are Dusty Baker, Sam Chapman, Dennis Eckersley, Reggie Jackson, Willie McCovey, Dave Stewart, to mention just a few. While some of the managers have also been placed in the Hall of Fame like Billy Martin, Tony La Russa, Eddie Joost, and Walter A. Haas Jr. as owner. Dave Stewart, Miguel Tejada and Cy Young are some of the MVP Award winners, and Cy young later had an award in his name – the Cy Young Award.
As is sometimes the case, an MLB team may have rivalries along the way and the A’s are no exception. Their most prominent rivalry was with the San Francisco Giants of the National League. This went on to the extent that a series of games was created particularly for these two rivals – The Bay Bridge Series due to the bridge that connects the two teams geographically. It has always been a competitive rivalry on the grounds of friendship. For a while, the Philadelphia Phillies of NL were rivals as well, but that petered out.
The A's are the one MLB team to wear white cleats, at home and on the road, a tradition dating back to the Finley ownership.
The Oakland Athletics - the great “A’s”, is a team rich in history and achievements, and even though they had been moved several times, they have settled in Oakland – the largest city in California.