16 Facts About Oakland A's


In 1963, when the Oakland A's were located in Kansas City, then-owner Charlie Finley changed the team mascot from an elephant to a mule, the state animal of Missouri.

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The innovative uniforms only increased after the team's move to Oakland A's, which came at the time of the introduction of polyester pullover uniforms.

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From 1994 until 2013, the Oakland A's wore green alternate jerseys with the word "Athletics" in gold.

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In 2018, as part of the franchise's 50th anniversary since the move to Oakland, the A's wore a kelly green alternate uniform with "Oakland" in white with gold trim, and was paired with an all-kelly green cap.

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Nickname "Oakland A's" has long been used interchangeably with "Athletics", dating to the team's early days when headline writers wanted a way to shorten the name.

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Since the mid-2010s MLB has gradually relaxed its shoe color rules, and several Oakland A's players began wearing cleats in non-white colors, most notably Jed Lowrie's green cleats.

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Oakland A's Coliseum—originally known as the Oakland A's–Alameda County Coliseum, and later named as Network Associates, McAfee, Overstock.

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In recent years, specifically under team president Dave Kaval, attempts have been made to upgrade the Oakland A's Coliseum, including the creation a number of club and premium seating areas, a renovation of Shibe Park Tavern and various fan areas.

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In May 2011, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed sent a letter to Bud Selig asking the commissioner for a timetable of when he might decide whether the Oakland A's can pursue this new ballpark, but Selig did not respond.

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On March 24,2018, the Oakland A's announced that for the Sunday, March 25,2018 exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants, A's fans would be charged $30 for parking and Giants fans would be charged $50.

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However, the Oakland A's stated that Giants fans could receive $20 off if they shout "Go Oakland A's" at the parking gates.

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The Oakland A's won the inaugural season with the trophy, allowing them to place their logo atop its Bay Bridge stand.

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The A's have retired only the numbers of Hall-of-Famers who played large portions of their careers in Oakland.

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Stewart broke the Oakland A's tradition in that his number was a re-retirement, as well as his not being in the Hall of Fame.

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In March 2004, after Veterans Stadium was replaced by the new Citizens Bank Park, the Athletics' plaques were relocated to the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, and a single plaque listing all of the Oakland A's inductees was attached to a statue of Connie Mack that is located across the street from Citizens Bank Park.

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On September 19,2011, the US premiere of Moneyball was held at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland A's, which featured a green carpet for attendees to walk, rather than the traditional red carpet.

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