Oakland Athletics

Originally the Philadelphia Athletics, the Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team in the American League's Western Division. Ask questions about their players, their coaches and anything else related to the team here.

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How many times have the Oakland Athletics won the World Series?

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The Oakland Athletics have won 9 World Series titles. Total Athletics World Series wins: 9 As the Philadelphia Athletics, 5 times: 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930. As the Kansas City Athletics, 0 times. As the Oakland Athletics, 4 times: 1972, 1973, 1974, 1989.
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What does the elephant on the left sleeve of the Oakland Athletics uniform represent?

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In 1901 Connie Mack and his Philadelphia Athletics became one of the original founders of the American League. In 1902 New York Giants Manager John McGraw dismissed the A's with contempt, by calling them "The White Elephants." He meant to imply that Mack shouldn't be allowed to spend money without supervision. Well, Connie Mack took up the gauntlet and defiantly adopted the White Elephant as the team insignia. That year, 1902, the A's won the American League pennant -- much to the unvoiced chagrin of John McGraw. This is from the A's history page.... To be simple... It's the Oakland Athletics' oldest logo.
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How much is a 1973 Oakland A's autographed team ball worth with 23 autographs?

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A 1973 Oakland Athletics team signed baseballs with the key signatures Hunter, Fingers, Jackson, Bando, and Blue are worth about $250.-$425. Value is based on average prices of recently closed auctions. Prices may vary based on condition, and the type of authenticity that accompanies the baseball. Prices may also vary based on the amount of signatures, and key signatures acquired. The more complete the baseball with key signatures the more valuable. If the signatures are not properly authenticated the baseball could sell at half the market value or less. For more information on team signed baseballs, links to full team rosters, key signatures, and price guide see Related Links below. == ==
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Who manufactures Swisher Sweets?

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Swisher Sweets are manufactured by the Swisher International Group
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How did the Oakland Athletics baseball team uniform emblem come to have an elephant standing on a baseball?

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In 1901 Connie Mack and his Philadelphia Athletics became one of the original founders of the American League. In 1902 New York Giants Manager John McGraw dismissed the A's with contempt, by calling them "The White Elephants." He meant to imply that Mack shouldn't be allowed to spend money without supervision. Well, Connie Mack took up the gauntlet and defiantly adopted the White Elephant as the team insignia. That year, 1902, the A's won the American League pennant -- much to the unvoiced chagrin of John McGraw. This is from the A's history page....
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What Athletics manager managed in the most games in major league history?

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Connie Mack managed in 7,755 games from 1894-1950. He also holds the record for most games won and most games lost.
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Who is the Oakland Athletics' all-time team pitching leader in games started games completed games won games lost innings pitched walks and strikeouts?

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Jim Hunter is coll 161 wins, 113 losses, 340 starts, 113 complete games, 2,456 innings pitched, 687 walks, 1520 strikeouts.
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When was the last time the Oakland A's won the World Series?

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It was 1989, the Oakland A's defeated the San Francisco Giants 4 games to 0.
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What team is the AAA affiliate of the Oakland A's?

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The Athletics AAA affliate is the Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League.
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Who are the greatest all time Oakland A's of all time by position?

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The Greatest Oakland A's by position: Pitcher; Dave Stewart. Catcher; Terry Steinbach. 1st base; Mark McGwire. 2nd Base; Bert Campernaris. 3rd Base; Eric Chavez. Shortstop; Miguel Tejada. Outfield; Joe Rudi, Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson.
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What is the record for most pitches for a single at bat?

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Alex Cora, since baseball started counting pitches in an at bat somewhere in the 80's. It was an 18 pitch AB while playing for the Dodgers against the Cubs. Matt Clement was on the Hill and Cora homered on the last pitch he saw, the 18th. Answer I haven't heard of anything close to that. Its about 24-29 Luke Appling is credited with 24. Answer The pitcher continues to pitch until the third strike or the 4th ball is thrown, or the ball is put in play. Theoretically it could be infinite. As for the record, unfortunately no stats are kept. Anecdotally, Luke Appling worked a 24 pitch at bat once, which is supposedly the record.
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Where do visiting teams stay when playing the Oakland A's?

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they stay in the indoor hotels built in the basement of the Oakland alameda county coliseum.
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Who wore jersey number 21 for the Oakland A?

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2004-2007: Mark Kotsay 2003: Mike Edwards 2001-2002: Cory Lidle 2000: Bo Porter 1997-1999: Scott Spiezio 1996: Izzy Molina 1993-1995: Ruben Sierra 1989-1992: Mike Moore 1988: Doug Jennings 1979=1987: Dwayne Murphy 1978: Mike Adams 1976-1977: Larry Lintz 1975: Tommy Harper 1974: Rich McKinney 1972-1973: Dal Maxvill 1970: Jim Driscoll 1969: Vida Blue 1968: Jim Gosger
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Who was the greatest player in Athletics history?

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Rickey Henderson Rickey Henderson is one, but it's a matter of opinion, really. Considering the A's long history in three cities, you could also say Jimmy Foxx, Al Simmons, Home Run Baker, and pitchers Chief Bender, Eddie Plank, Catfish Hunter, or Lefty Grove. But Henderson is a good choice. Oh yeah, don't forget about Reggie Jackson! How about Al Simmons, Mickey Cochrane, Lefty Grove, or Jimmie Foxx of the Philadelphia Athletics.
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Who was the first major league player to play all nine positions in one game?

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Bert "Campy" Campaneris was the first, on Sept 9 1965 vs. the California Angels.
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Why do Oakland A's have elephants on their sleeves?

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The story goes that John McGraw, manager of the New York Giants, told Benjamin Shibe, who owned the Athletics, that Shibe had a 'white elephant' on his hands. A white elephant is jargon for a financial burden or hardship. Connie Mack, who managed the Athletics at the time, was incensed to learn of what McGraw said and immediately adopted a white elephant as the team mascot.
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How many teams have won the World Series?

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Click on the 'World Series Winners' link on this page to see a list of World Series winners from the first World Series played in 1903.
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What kind of animal is the mascot of the Athletics?

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In 1904, the Athletics won the AL pennant and the Giants won the NL pennant. Giants' manager John McGraw refused to participate in what would have been the 2nd World Series (the AL Boston Pilgrims defeated the NL Pittsburgh Pirates the year before). His feeble excuse was that the A's were a bunch of "white elephants" (a term that meant "useless"). Undaunted, A's owner/manager Connie Mack decided to make the white elephant the team mascot. Actually, the elephant has appeared as blue, red, and (currently) green on A's uniforms. And, let's not forget that from 1961-1980, the A's mascot was a mule named Charlie O.
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Which cities did the Athletics call home before moving to Oakland?

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Philadelphia (1901-1954) and then Kansas City (1955-1967).
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What pitcher has the most wins for the Athletics since they have been in Oakland?

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Bob Welch in 1990 @ 27 wins - 6 losses For a career it would be Jim Hunter with 161.
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Who is Vida Blue?

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Vida Rochelle Blue Jr.is a former Major League Basball player. He was a left-handed starting pitcher. In his 17-year career, he played for the Oakland Athletics, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals. His all time win loss record was 209 wins and 161 losses. He had 2,175 stikeouts and an overall ERA of 3.27.
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What years did the Oakland A's go the World Series?

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The Oakland A's went to the World Series in 1972, 1973, and 1974 (winning all 3), and again in 1988, 1989, and 1990 (winning in 1989). This does not include the A's years in Philadelphia (8 more appearances: 1905, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1929, 1930, 1931 -- winning in 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, and 1930), or their years in Kansas City (no World Series appearances).