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Oakland Athletics in History

Events in Sport

  • 1955-04-03 Baltimore Orioles pull their 1st triple play (3-6-2 vs KC Athletics)
  • 1955-04-22 KC Athletic's 1st game, beat Tigers 6-2
  • 1959-04-22 Chicago White Sox beat KC Athletics 20-6, in 1 inning Sox score 11 runs on 1 hit, 10 walks, & 3 errors
  • 1967-10-18 AL votes to allow Athletics to move from KC to Oakland & expand league to 12 teams in 1971 with KC & Seattle teams
  • 1967-10-20 Charlie Finley names Bob Kennedy 1st manager of Oakland A's

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1969-08-13 Baltimore Oriole Jim Palmer no-hits Oakland A's, 8-0

Baseball Player Jim Palmer
Baseball Player
Jim Palmer
  • 1970-07-03 California Angels pitcher Clyde Wright no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0
  • 1970-09-21 Oakland A's Vida Blue no-hits Minnesota Twins, 6-0
  • 1971-05-11 Cleveland's pitcher Steve Dunning hits a grand slam off Oakland Athletics pitcher Diego Seguí
  • 1971-06-04 Oakland A's beat Washington Senators, 5-3, in 21 innings
  • 1972-10-08 In Game 2 of ALCS, Oakland A's Bert Campaneris fires his bat at Det pitcher
  • 1972-10-12 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Detroit Tigers, 3 games to 2
  • 1972-10-22 World Series Baseball: Oakland A's beat Reds, 3-2 in Cincinnati for a 4-3 series win; Athletics' first C'ship since 1930 and first in Oakland
  • 1973-10-11 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 2

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1973-10-21 World Series Baseball, Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum: defending champion Oakland A's beat NY Mets, 5-2 in Game 7 to retain title; A's manager Dick Williams immediately quits; MVP: A's outfielder Reggie Jackson

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson
  • 1973-11-13 Oakland A's Reggie Jackson wins AL MVP unanimously
  • 1974-07-19 Cleveland Indians pitcher Dick Bosman no-hits Oakland A's, 4-0
  • 1974-10-09 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 1
  • 1974-10-17 Oakland A's beat LA Dodgers, 4 games to 1 in 71st World Series makes A's only team other than Yanks to win 3 straight series
  • 1974-10-23 Chicago Cubs trade 6-time MLB All Star outfielder Billy Williams to Oakland A's for second baseman Manny Trillo and 2 pitchers
  • 1974-12-31 New York Yankees sign Cy Young Award winner Jim "Catfish" Hunter for 5 years for a record $3.75 million from the Oakland A's

Sports record brokenBaseball Event

1975-06-12 Hank Aaron smacks his first home run in Milwaukee since 1965 as his new team, the Brewers beat Oakland A's, 9-7

Baseball Player Hank Aaron
Baseball Player
Hank Aaron
  • 1975-09-28 Oakland A's Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Linblad & Rollie Fingers, no-hit California Angels, 5-0
  • 1975-10-07 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • 1976-04-02 Oakland Athletics trade 2 key members from recent World Series C'ship team, sending outfielder Reggie Jackson and pitcher Ken Holtzman to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Don Baylor and pitchers Mike Torrez and Paul Mitchell
  • 1976-11-09 Oakland A's release Billy Williams, ending his Hall of Fame baseball career

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1979-02-22 Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1979-09-05 Oakland A's pitcher Matt Keough beats Milwaukee Brewers, 6-1 for first win after 14 straight losses, ended 1978 with 18 defeats (1 shy of the MLB record 19)
  • 1980-05-28 2 Oakland A's steal home in 1st inning
  • 1980-08-23 Charles O. Finley sells Oakland A's MLB franchise for $12.7m to Walter Haas Jr. (owner & CEO of Levi Strauss)
  • 1980-09-07 Oakland A's pitch record 78th complete game of season
  • 1980-11-03 Walter Hass Jr becomes CEO of Oakland A's
  • 1980-11-03 After acquiring MLB's Oakland A's for $12.7m, Walter Haas Jr. appoints himself CEO; leads team to 4 AL West Divisional titles and 1989 World Series Championship
  • 1981-04-19 Oakland A's runs record to 11-0
  • 1981-10-15 MLB American League Championship: New York Yankees beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • 1981-11-12 Billy Martin named AL Manager of Year (Oakland A's)
  • 1982-02-08 Los Angeles Dodgers trade 2B Davey Lopes to Oakland A's, breaking up MLB's longest-playing infield (Cey-Russell-Lopes-Garvey)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1982-06-01 Oakland A's left fielder Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in 3-2 win over Boston Red Sox to become fastest to reach 50 stolen bases in a MLB season

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 1982-10-20 Billy Martin fired as manager of Oakland A's
  • 1983-09-29 Oakland A's Mike Warren no-hits Chicago White Sox, 3-0
  • 1984-04-16 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits 3 HRs including a grand slam
  • 1984-06-20 Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits his 3rd grand slam & 14th lifetime
  • 1985-08-10 Oakland A's Dave Kingman is 21st to hit 400 HRs (off Matt Young at Seattle)
  • 1987-04-03 MLB Chicago Cubs trade Dennis Eckersley to Oakland A's for 3 minor league players

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1987-11-03 Oakland A's first baseman Mark McGwire wins American League Rookie of the Year with 49 home runs, 118 RBI; second to win AL award unanimously; first Carlton Fisk 1972

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1988-07-03 Gene Nelson of the Oakland A's becomes first AL pitcher to steal a base since 1973 in 9-8 win over Toronto Blue Jays
  • 1988-07-12 All star MVP: Terry Steinbach (Oakland A's)

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1988-08-06 Oakland A's outfielder Jose Canseco becomes 11th MLB player to record 30 HRs & 30 steals in a season

MLB Player José Canseco
MLB Player
José Canseco
  • 1988-10-06 Oakland A's sweep Boston Red Sox in 4 games for AL pennant
  • 1988-10-09 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 0
  • 1988-10-20 LA Dodgers beat Oakland A's in baseball's 85th World Series 4 games to 1
  • 1988-11-02 A's shortstop Walt Weiss wins AL rookie of year; 3rd straight for Oakland; Jose Canseco 1986, Mark McGwire 1987
  • 1989-10-08 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • 1989-10-28 Oakland A's beat San Francisco, 9-6 at Candlestick Park to sweep Giants in earthquake affected "Bay Bridge" Baseball World Series; A's pitcher Dave Stewart MVP
  • 1990-04-20 8 2/3 inning perfect game pitched by Brian Holman of Oakland A's is spoiled by a home run hit by Ken Philips
  • 1990-06-12 Oakland A's Rickey Henderson becomes 2nd to steal 900 bases
  • 1990-09-10 1st time in NY Yankee history they are completely swept season series, Oakland A's beat them 12 games to 0
  • 1990-09-21 Oakland A's Bob Welch becomes 1st 25 game winner in 10 years
  • 1990-09-25 Oakland A's clinch 3rd straight AL West title
  • 1990-10-10 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Boston Red Sox, 4 games to 0
  • 1990-10-20 World Series Baseball: Cincinnati beats A's, 2-1 in Game 4 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum to sweep Oakland and win Reds' 5th title; MVP: Reds' pitcher José Rijo
  • 1991-04-08 Oakland A's stadium becomes 1st outdoor arena in USA to ban smoking
  • 1991-05-10 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving singer Madonna's apartment

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1991-05-15 US President George H. W. Bush takes Queen Elizabeth to Oakland A's-Baltimore Oriole game

41st US President George H. W. Bush
41st US President
George H. W. Bush
  • 1992-03-30 Man accidentally backs into Oakland A's Jose Canseco's $225,000 Lamborghini
  • 1992-08-11 Oakland A's rip Jose Canseco for leaving stadium before end of game
  • 1992-09-28 Oakland A's win AL West title
  • 1992-10-14 Toronto Blue Jays beats Oakland A's to win their 1st AL pennant
  • 1992-10-14 MLB American League Championship: Toronto Blue Jays beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 2
  • 1994-06-23 Replay shows Oakland Athletics's Bobby Witt beat Kansas City's Greg Gagne to 1st in 6th but umpire Gary Cedarstrom calls him safe, ruining Witt's perfect game
  • 1996-07-05 Angels score 3 top 1st, Oakland A's respond with 13 bottom 1st, highest-scoring 1st inning by 2 teams in MLB history, A's win 16-8
  • 1997-04-13 Rare double doubleheader played in the same city Giants vs Mets & Oakland A's vs Yankees in NY after rain previous day
  • 1998-01-22 Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time

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2001-04-02 Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has 2 hits and becomes first Japanese position player to play in a regular season MLB game as Mariners beat Oakland A's, 5-4 at Safeco Field

Baseball Star Ichiro Suzuki
Baseball Star
Ichiro Suzuki

Book releaseHistoric Publication

2003-06-17 Moneyball, a book about the 2003 Oakland Athletics baseball team and GM Billy Beane's sabermetric approach, inspired by Bill James, is published

Baseball Writer and Statistician Bill James
Baseball Writer and Statistician
Bill James
  • 2006-10-14 MLB American League Championship: Detroit Tigers beat Oakland Athletics, 4 games to 0
  • 2010-05-09 Oakland A's Dallas Braden becomes 19th pitcher to throw a perfect game (4-0 vs Tampa Bay)
  • 2018-04-21 Oakland A's left hander Sean Manaea no-hits the Boston Red Sox
  • 2019-03-21 Japanese baseball right fielder Ichiro Suzuki finishes his career with a record 4,367 base hits (NPB & MLB) as Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A's, 5-4 in Tokyo, Japan

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1896-02-01 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago WS, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1981)
  • 1916-01-24 Walter Haas Jr., American businessman & sports team owner (Levi Strauss & Co, Oakland A's), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)
  • 1918-02-22 Charles "Charlie O" Finley, American sports entrepreneur (MLB's Kansas City/Oakland A's: NHL's California Golden Seals), born in Birmingham, Alabama (d. 1996)

Person of interestBilly Martin

1928-05-16 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman (MLB All Star 1956; World Series 1951, 52, 53, 56; NY Yankees) and manager (World Series 1977 NY Yankees), born in Berekeley, California (d. 1989)

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin
  • 1929-05-07 Dick Williams, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (Brooklyn Dodgers) and manager (World Series 1972, 73; Oakland A's), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2011)
  • 1930-03-11 Bobby Winkles, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Arizona State University) and manager (California Angels, Oakland A's), born in Tuckerman, Arkansas (d. 2020)
  • 1941-06-13 Marcel Lachemann, American MLB manager and pitching coach (Oakland Athletics), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1941-08-09 Paul Lindblad, American baseball pitcher (World Series champion 1973-74, 78; Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics), born in Chanute, Kansas (d. 2006)
  • 1942-03-09 Bert Campaneris, Cuban-American baseball player (Oakland A's), born in Pueblo Nuevo, Cuba
  • 1944-02-13 Sal Bando, American baseball player (Oakland A's), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1946-04-08 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1966, 67, 70, 72–1976; World Series 1972–74, 77, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1974; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), born in Hertford, North Carolina (d. 1999)
  • 1946-08-25 Rollie Fingers, American baseball relief pitcher (Oakland Athletics, AL MVP, Cy Young Award 1981), born in Steubenville, Ohio
  • 1954-08-31 Claudell Washington, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 84; World Series 1974; Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 1954-10-03 Dennis Eckersley, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1992; AL MVP 1992; Oakland A's), born in Oakland, California
  • 1955-07-03 Matt Keough, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1978; Oakland A's), born in Pomona, California (d. 2020)
  • 1955-11-26 Jay Howell, American baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, Oakland A's), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1956-11-03 Bob Welch, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1990; Oakland A's; World Series 1981, 89, 2001), born in Seal Beach, California (d. 2014)
  • 1957-02-19 Dave "Smoke" Stewart, American pitcher (Oakland Athletic), born in Oakland, California
  • 1959-04-25 Tony Phillips, MLB player (Oakland Athletics), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 2016)
  • 1961-01-29 Mike Aldrete, American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics, NY Yankees)
  • 1961-09-09 Jim Corsi, Newtonville MA, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1961-10-16 Billy Taylor, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1994-2001 (Oakland A's, and 3 other teams), born in Monticello, Florida
  • 1962-03-02 Terry Steinbach, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1988, 89, 93; World Series 1989; Oakland A's), born in New Ulm, Minnesota
  • 1962-03-29 Billy Beane, American MLB baseball outfielder, executive (Oakland Athletics), born in Orlando, Florida

Person of interestMark McGwire

1963-10-01 Mark McGwire, American MLB 1st baseman, coach (12-time All Star, Oakland A's, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Pomona, California

MLB First Baseman Mark McGwire
MLB First Baseman
Mark McGwire
  • 1963-11-28 Walt Weiss, American baseball shortstop (AL Rookie of the Year 1988; World Series 1989; MLB All Star 1998; Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies) and manager (Colorado Rockies 2013-16), born in Tuxedo, New York
  • 1965-02-17 Jim Bowie, Japanese-American baseball infielder (Oakland Athletics)
  • 1965-03-18 Geronimo Berroa, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1965-07-10 Buddy Groom, pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1965-07-21 Mike Bordick, Marquette MI, infielder (Oakland A's)
  • 1965-07-25 Torey Lovullo, American baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966-05-12 Rafael Bournigal, Dominican infielder (Oakland A's), born in Azua, Dominican Republic
  • 1967-12-19 Doug Johns, South Bend IN, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1968-01-31 Steve Phoenix, American baseball pitcher (Oakland Athletics), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1968-07-26 Mike Mohler, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1969-04-04 Carlos Reyes, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1969-04-22 George Williams, American MLB catcher (Oakland A's), born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin
  • 1969-07-08 Ernie Young, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969-10-31 Damon Mashore, MLB outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • 1969-11-06 Don Wengert, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Sioux City, Iowa
  • 1970-07-29 Steve Wojciechowski, Blue Island IL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1971-01-08 Jason Giambi, American baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in West Covina, California
  • 1971-12-09 Todd Van Poppel, American baseball pitcher (Oakland A's), born in Hinsdale, Illinois
  • 1972-05-01 Bobby Chouinard, Filipino baseball pitcher (first Filipino to play MLB), born in Manilla, Philippines
  • 1972-08-05 John Wasdin, American baseball pitcher, 1997-2009 (Oakland A's, Boston Red Sox, 5 other MLB and 2 Japanese teams), born in Ft Belvoir, Virginia
  • 1972-08-30 Jose Herrera, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1973-12-09 Tony Batista, Dominican baseball infielder (Oakland A's), born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • 1975-12-02 Mark Kotsay, American baseball outfielder and coach (1,914 MLB games; Florida Marlins, Oakland A's), born in Whittier, California
  • 1976-02-16 Eric Byrnes, American baseball outfielder and broadcaster (Oakland A's, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in Redwood City, California
  • 1977-08-05 Mark Mulder, American baseball player (Oakland Athletics,St. Louis Cardinals), born in South Holland, Illinois
  • 1988-03-01 Trevor Cahill, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2010; Oakland Athletics), born in Oceanside, California

Deaths in Sport

  • 1981-03-19 Frank Lane, American MLB executive (GM Chicago WS, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, KC Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers), dies at 85
  • 1995-09-20 Walter Haas Jr., American businessman & sports team owner (Levi Strauss & Co, Oakland A's), dies of prostate cancer at 79
  • 1996-02-19 Charles "Charlie O" Finley, American sports entrepreneur (MLB's Kansas City/Oakland A's: NHL's California Golden Seals), dies at 77
  • 1999-09-09 Jim "Catfish" Hunter, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1966, 67, 70, 72–1976; World Series 1972–74, 77, 78; AL Cy Young Award 1974; Oakland A's, NY Yankees), dies from Lou Gehrig's disease at 53
  • 2006-01-01 Paul Lindblad, American baseball pitcher (World Series champion 1973-74, 78; Kansas City Athletics, Oakland Athletics), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 64
  • 2011-07-07 Dick Williams, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (Brooklyn Dodgers) and manager (World Series 1972, 73; Oakland A's), dies at 82
  • 2014-06-09 Bob Welch, American baseball pitcher (AL Cy Young Award 1990; Oakland A's; World Series 1981, 89, 2001), dies from a broken neck at 57
  • 2016-02-17 Tony Phillips, American MLB player (Oakland Athletics), dies at 56
  • 2020-04-17 Bobby Winkles, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Arizona State University) and manager (California Angels, Oakland A's), dies at 90
  • 2020-05-01 Matt Keough, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1978; Oakland A's), dies at 64
  • 2020-06-10 Claudell Washington, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1975, 84; World Series 1974; Oakland Athletics, Atlanta Braves), dies from prostate cancer at 65