The Oakland Athletics are a professional baseball team based in Oakland, California. They are a member of the American League (AL) West division. The Athletics have a long history, having been founded in 1901 as the Philadelphia Athletics, and they have won nine World Series championships and 15 AL pennants.
The Athletics play their home games at the Oakland Coliseum, which opened in 1966 and is shared with the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League. The team has a strong and passionate fan base and a number of notable rivalries, including with the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Angels.
The Athletics have had a number of successful seasons and have a long list of talented players, including Reggie Jackson, Rollie Fingers, and Mark McGwire. In recent years, the team has made it to the postseason a number of times, including a World Series appearance in 2006. The team is known for their "Moneyball" approach to building a competitive team, focusing on data analysis and player development.