OAKLAND A'S IN THE POSTSEASON
As one of the oldest American League teams in existence, the Oakland A's have rich and dynamic history that dates back to the founding of the Major Leagues. The team began play as the Philadelphia Athletics in 1901, a team that would win World Series in 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929 and 1930, and would be one of the first true dynasties of the modern era. After financial trouble forced the team to move to Kansas City in 1955, the A's experienced one of the worst periods in the club's history, as the team made no playoff appearances and lived in the American League basement for the majority of the period. Upon the team's move to the Bay Area in Oakland, the A's began a new era of prosperity that would see them ranked among the top teams in the sport.
Soon after the A's move to Oakland in 1968, all those years at the bottom of the standings began to pay off as the team began to build a contending roster with a slew of big names. In the early 1970s, the A's were easily one of the top teams in the Major Leagues, winning their division every year from 1971-75 and making appearances in the American League Championship Series in each year. The team was lead by the steady arms of pitchers Jim "Catfish" Hunter and Rollie Fingers and the powerful bat of Reggie Jackson. The A's would win World Series in 1972, 1973 and 1974, becoming the only team other than the New York Yankees to win three straight world titles.
After a rebuilding period in the late '70s and early '80s, a whole new brand of A's baseball emerged in the latter part of the decade when the A's would reach the ALCS in 1988, 1989 and 1990. With yet another stocked roster filled with stars like Dennis Eckersly, Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco, the A's would be one of the most formidable teams in the American League once again, but their run would only result in one World Series championship in 1989.
With their glory days in the past, the A's have managed to put together a slew of talented rosters over the course of the 2000s, but were unable to keep them together to sustain their postseason runs. However, with a recent appearance in the American League Championship Series in 2012, A's fans have plenty to look forward to in the coming years as the storied franchise tries to return to its winning ways.
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