A Green and Golden Anniversary
Big numbers from the Oakland A’s half century in the East Bay.
Illustration by Learinza Morris
On April 17, 1968, the Athletics played their first game at the Oakland Coliseum. Now, 50 years later, the club is celebrating its golden anniversary all season long by fêting many of its most legendary players and teams during special events at the stadium. In honor of this East Bay baseball milestone, Diablo rounds up some of the most impressive numbers put up by the A’s during their five decades in Oaktown.
World Series championships (1972, 1973, 1974, 1989).
American League championships (1972, 1973, 1974, 1988, 1989, 1990).
Consecutive seasons that one A’s player hit 40+ home runs (Khris Davis, 2016–2017).
Most home runs hit by the team in a single season (1996).
Oscars won by a former Coliseum peanut vendor (Tom Hanks, 1994, 1995).
Oscar nominations for a film about the team (Moneyball, 2011).
Most consecutive wins by the A’s in a single season (2002).
Most games won by the A’s in a regular season (1988).
Bases that Rickey Henderson stole in 1982 (the most ever by an MLB player in a single season).
Most strikeouts thrown by an A’s pitcher in a single season (Vida Blue, 1971).
Most career games saved by an A’s reliever (Dennis Eckersley).
Highest attendance during a single season (1990).