If you’ve seen the recent movie hit “Moneyball” you’ve probably figured out that the Oakland Athletics are not your run-of-the-mill baseball team. The film focused on the team’s 2002 season where real-life manger Billy Beane was challenged with building a winning team with limited funds. Using some unorthodox methods and gathering a boatload of criticism in the process, Beane succeeded in making Oakland Athletics baseball history. Winning 20 consecutive games in that 2002 season, Beane’s hand-picked team beat the odds and set a new American League record that still stands.
Long before the Oakland Athletics arrived on the West Coast, the fledgling Philadelphia Athletics started swinging bats in 1901, part of the newly christened American League. Comprised of many players that crossed over from the National League, the team soon proved a formidable opponent, winning the 1910, 1911 and 1913 World Series and the American League pennant six times in the first 12 years. After a bit of a rough patch, the team again claimed the World Series in both 1929 and 1930.
A lukewarm stint in Kansas City from 1955 to 1967 spurred moving the Athletics to Oakland in 1968, under the ownership of Charles O. Finley. Going to an Oakland Athletics game in those early years was an adventure. The then mascot, Charlie O. the mule would sometimes be grazing on the field before game-time, adorned in his green and gold mule-blanket. To the relief of the players, he kept outside of the foul line, most of the time, and retired to his enclosure before the bats started swinging.
Oakland Athletics tickets bought you an afternoon of fun and surprises. Charismatic players such as Jim “Catfish” Hunter, known for his rakish mustache, pitched the American League’s first perfect game on May 8, 1968. Power hitter Reggie Jackson hit 47 home runs during the opening season. Bert “Campy” Campaneris did his part by stealing 62 bases, ending with 649 at the end of his career, the seventh best record in the American League.
Beginning in the 1970s, the Oakland Athletics had a new look, bright gold and green uniforms rather than the traditional red, white and blue, a new name, the “A’s” and a team that was on fire. The team won the American League West title in 1971, then went on to take the World Series in 1972, 1973 and 1974. The new uniforms and their success earned them the nickname “The Swinging A’s.” Fans gained a new appreciation for Oakland Athletics baseball.
Finley sold his team to Walter A Haas, Jr. in 1981. Charlie O was retired as team mascot, the “Athletics” name was reinstated, and the uniforms, though still the untraditional green and gold, became more subdued. Oakland Athletics baseball continued, going on to win another World Series in 1989 against local rivals, the San Francisco Giants. Though the team hasn’t made it back to the World Series since 1990 when they won the American League pennant, the Oakland Athletics have picked up an impressive number of West Division titles, keeping the dream of another win very much alive.
An Oakland Athletics game is on the list of fun “to-do” items in the Oakland/East Bay Area. Warm, sunny, summer days makes Oakland Athletics tickets sell even faster. We offer you a way to buy these tickets at a cheap price. Take a look, and then take your family and friends for an afternoon of baseball fun.