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
  • 1969-08-13 Balt Oriole Jim Palmer no-hits Oakland A's, 8-0
  • 1970-01-15 Milwaukee Brewers make their 1st trade (with Oakland A's)
  • 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 Oakland A's 1st championship; beat Reds, 4 games to 3 in World Series
  • 1973-10-11 MLB American League Championship: Oakland Athletics beat Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 2

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1973-11-13 Oakland A's Reggie Jackson wins AL MVP unanimously

MLB Right Fielder Reggie Jackson
MLB Right Fielder
Reggie Jackson

  • 1974-07-19 Cleveland Indian 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
  • 1975-09-28 Oakland A's Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Linblad & Rollie Fingers, no-hits California Angels 5-0
  • 1975-10-07 MLB American League Championship: Boston Red Sox beat Oakland Athletics, 3 games to 0
  • 1979-02-22 Billy Martin named manager of Oakland A's
  • 1980-05-28 2 Oakland A's steal home in 1st inning
  • 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
  • 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)
  • 1982-10-20 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)
  • 1988-07-12 All star MVP: Terry Steinbach (Oakland A's)
  • 1988-08-06 Oakland A's outfielder Jose Canseco becomes 11th MLB player to record 30 HRs & 30 steals in a season
  • 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'/'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

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1990-06-12 Oakland A's Rickey Henderson becomes 2nd to steal 900 bases

MLB Outfielder Rickey Henderson
MLB Outfielder
Rickey Henderson
  • 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 Cincinnati beats A's, 2-1 in Game 4 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum to sweep Oakland and win Reds' 5th Baseball World Series; Reds' pitcher José Rijo MVP

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1990-10-21 Esther Canseco calls Oakland A's manager Tony La Russa a "punk" for not starting husband Jose in the World Series

Baseball Manager Tony La Russa
Baseball Manager
Tony La Russa
  • 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 Madonna's apt

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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
  • 1992-08-11 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 Travis Fryman homers off R Hernandez in both games of double header 1st time since 1961 that 2 doubleheaders are played in the same city Giants vs Mets & Oakland A's vs Yankees in NY
  • 1997-06-09 Detroit Tigers baseball team bat out of order against Oakland A's in 1st inning
  • 1997-06-24 Seat Mariner Randy Johnson strikes out 19 Oakland A's but loses
  • 1998-01-22 Rickey Henderson, rejoins Oakland A's for 4th time

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

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1918-02-22 Charles O Finley, baseball team owner (Oakland A's)
  • 1928-05-16 Billy Martin, American baseball 2nd baseman and manager (NY Yankees, Oakland A's), born in Berekeley, California (d. 1989)
  • 1942-03-09 Bert Campaneris, Cuban-American baseball player (Oakland A's), born in Pueblo Nuevo, Cuba
  • 1944-02-13 Sal Bando, baseball player (Oakland A's)
  • 1946-08-25 Rollie Fingers, American baseball relief pitcher (Oakland Athletics, MVP/Cy Young-1981), born in Steubenville, Ohio
  • 1955-07-03 Matt Keough, baseball player (Oakland A's, NY Yankees)
  • 1955-11-26 Jay Howell, baseball pitcher (NY Yankees, Oakland A's)
  • 1957-02-19 Dave "Smoke" Stewart, 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, Monticello FL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1962-03-02 Terry Steinbach, New Ulm MN, catcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1962-03-29 Billy Beane, American MLB baseball player and executive (Oakland Athletics), born in Orlando, Florida
  • 1963-09-03 Eric Plunk, Wilmington CA, pitcher (Oakland A's, NY Yankees, Indians)

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, Tuxedo NY, shortstop (Oakland A's, Colorado Rockies)
  • 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, 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)
  • 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, Lacrosse WI, catcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1969-07-08 Ernie Young, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1969-10-31 Damon Mashore, 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, infielder (Oakland A's), born in West Covina, California
  • 1971-12-09 Todd Van Poppel, Hinsdale IL, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1972-05-01 Bobby Chouinard, baseball pitcher (first Filipino to play MLB), born in Manilla, Phillipines
  • 1972-08-05 John Wasdin, Ft Belvoir WA, pitcher (Oakland A's)
  • 1972-08-30 Jose Herrera, outfielder (Oakland A's), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1973-12-09 Tony Batista, infielder (Oakland A's), born in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Deaths in Sport

  • 1996-02-19 Charles O Finley, baseball owner (Oakland A's), dies at 76
  • 2016-02-17 Tony Phillips, American MLB player (Oakland Athletics), dies at 56