The Athletics joined the American League in 1901 and were immediately one of the premiere teams in baseball. Led by legendary manager Connie Mack, the then-Philadelphia Athletics posted winning records in each of the team's first seven years, reaching the World Series in its fifth year. In 1910 the A's won its first of three titles in a four-year span, winning a then-franchise record 102 games. Two decades later the Athletics again were the best team in baseball, winning back-to-back World Series titles in 1929 and 1930. In 1931 Philadelphia won 107 games and reach the World Series for the third straight season, but could not take home the franchise's sixth championship. After that season the Athletics wouldn't make the playoffs again until 1971, by which time they were situated in Oakland. With stars like Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers and Vida Blue, the A's won back-to-back-to-back World Series from 1972 to 1974. Oakland's most recent World Series came in 1989, when Mark McGuire, Dennis Eckersley and Ricky Henderson swept the San Francisco Giants. The Athletics have retired the numbers of five former players, plus Jackie Robinson. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Oakland Athletics baseball tickets.
2015 A's Season Preview
The Oakland Athletics had one of the most interesting years in baseball last season. The A’s started the MLB Season as hot as any team in the majors and burst out to a huge lead in the AL West. But following the All-Star break, the Athletics faltered and ended up ceding the division to their California rival the LA Angels. Oakland did make the MLB Postseason for the 3rd straight season, losing in the wild card game.
Coming into 2015, the Oakland Athletics look to be an entirely new team. Gone are aces Jon Lester and Jeff Samardzija. But more so than any team in baseball, Oakland is known for adapting and should be in contention for the 2015 AL West crown. For Oakland to stay competitive in 2015, they will have to rely heavily on team leaders like Scott Kazmir, Coco Crisp, and Eric Sogard.
Check out our Oakland Athletics Season Preview History page for previews of previous A's seasons.
Oakland A's Baseball at O.co Coliseum Address: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, California, 94621
The Athletics play their home games at O.co Coliseum, located in Oakland, California. When filled to capacity, O.co Coliseum holds more than 35,000 screaming A's fans. Sharing a stadium with the NFL's Oakland Raiders, Athletic fans have taken to tailgating before games, so be sure to arrive at the park early to participate in the pregame festivities. The Oakland A's dugout is on the O.co Coliseum third base line in front of sections 120-125. O.co Coliseum parking information is covered in our Athletics event guide.
Athletics vs. Angels
One of the growing rivalries in MLB, these AL West opponents have seen their rivalry get more and more contested in the last two decades. Northern California vs. Southern California is a rivalry that has been at the top of the AL West for over 40 years, with both teams winning numerous division titles and five World Series titles between them. Although often overshadowed by the Giants vs. Dodgers rivalry, this matchup is between two of the top teams in the AL year in and year out.
Athletics vs. Yankees
This is another rivalry that is often overlooked, but it really shouldn't be. If you count the 5 World Series titles the A's won before moving to Oakland, they have won the 2nd most titles in the AL, only trailing the Yankees. These are also the only two teams to win 3 World Series titles in a row (Yankees have done it 3 times). While these two clubs differ drastically in many categories, they have one thing in common, winning.
Athletics vs. Giants
Known as the Bay Bridge Series, this rivalry between Bay area neighbors is everything that's right with interleague play. Since the inception of interleague play in 1997, this has been an annual series and the two teams have gone back in forth for supremacy in the rivalry. More often than not they have finished tied at the end of the season, a fitting statistic for two historic and greatly successful clubs. As competitive as this series is, it is always cordial and one of the better displays of sportsmanship in baseball.
Oakland Athletics in the World Series, American League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
The Oakland Athletics have used the last 40+ years building a history that not many baseball teams can match. The A's built a dynasty during the 1970s with a “three-peat” from the years 1972-1974. Oakland once against took the baseball world by storm in the late 1980s winning three straight AL pennants. The A's were led by manager Tony La Russa and the “Bash Brothers” Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco. Oakland won the 1989 World Series during that stretch and has won their division over 15 times throughout their history.
Oakland Athletics Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to an A's game?
Doors open on weeknights 90 minutes before the first pitch. On weekends the gates open 2 hours before game time.
What are good places to eat before an A's game?
There are a few great barbeque places close to O.co, we recommend trying Ribs and Things, or Bay Area BBQ Championship. For great Mexican food that is quick and easy before the game try Estrellas De Sinaloa. If you enjoy sausages, hot dogs, or hot links don't miss trying Grilled Links/ Hot Dogs Booth. Chubby Freeze has great burgers and soft serve and is perfect for picking something up on the way to the game. There are a ton of great street vendors in the area. Las Rancherita Taco, and El Jalicience Taco Truck are two of the best.
Where is the best place to park at O.co Coliseum?
O.co is surrounded by great parking options. Just to the north of the stadium is the A Lot which offers the largest amount of parking in area. To the west of Lot A is Lot D which also has a large amount of parking and is often a few dollars cheaper. Similarly to the south and southwest of O.co is Lot B and Lot C which are also great places to park. If you are looking for the quickest exit try parking at the Malibu Lot located at the corner of Hegenberger Road and Coliseum Way. It is a little farther walk from the stadium, but it has direct access to exit roads.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
Children under 24 months old are not required to have a ticket to enter O.co Coliseum. We recommend bringing proof of your child's age with you to the gate to avoid any last minute hassles.