Few teams in sports have as colorful of a history as the Oakland A’s.
Born in Philadelphia under legendary Connie Mack, the A’s played in Kansas City for thirteen tumultuous MLB betting seasons from 1955-67. Charlie Finley bought the team in 1960 MLB betting season and spent the next 7 years fighting with baseball and KC officials trying to move.
Finley was an innovator and decked the A’s out in colorful green and gold uniforms in 1963, adding white shoes for good measure in 1967 MLB betting season. While the A’s were ridiculed for this at the time, they proved to be way ahead of the curve as now most every team has colorful garb.
Finley was sprung after the 1967 MLB betting season and moved his young up and coming team to Oakland, where they immediately began winning. With such phenomenal players as pitcher Catfish Hunter and slugger Reggie Jackson, the A’s began a dynasty of 5-straight AL West MLB betting titles in 1971, and a string of 3-straight world titles from 1972-74. Despite their on the field success the A’s were a weak draw in Oakland, much to Finley’s frustration. Once free agency came to baseball in 1976 MLB betting season, Finley could not afford to keep his team together and began auctioning off talent. Starting in 1977 MLB betting season the A’s would become one of the worst teams in baseball and draw just hundreds to most of their games.
Online baseball betting fans remember that in 1980 MLB betting season, however, Oakland native Billy Martin came home to save the franchise. The A’s began winning, Finley sold the team, and the MLB betting fans began to show up. The A’s made the ALCS in 1981 before losing to the Yankees.
Unfortunately, as was often the case with Martin teams, Oakland flamed out until the arrival of manager Tony LaRussa midway through 1986.
LaRussa inherited a team loaded with young talent such as Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, who were known as the “Bash Brothers”. By 1988 LaRussa MLB betting season had the A’s in the first of three straight World Series, winning the 1989 Fall Classic against the team across the Bay, San Francisco. The A’s second dynasty would end with an MLB betting playoff lost to Toronto in 1992.
Under bright and innovative general manager Billy Bean, a third wave of A’s dominance began in 2000 online baseball betting season as they would make 4-straight post season appearances and just barely miss out in 2004 and 2005 with signs of promise for more winning in future online baseball betting years.