Since arriving in Oakland in 1968, the Oakland A's have been one of the most colorful -- and successful -- franchises in baseball. The A's have made the post-season 15 times since moving from Kansas City to Oakland, and have captured six American League pennants and four World Series crowns.
The A's announced on Wednesday that the team will honor the A's history in Oakland throughout the 2008 season. The team is planning a full schedule of promotions, which will culminate in a countdown of the Top 10 moments in Oakland A's history. The countdown will be featured on the McAfee Coliseum Diamond Vision and will begin on September 11th and run through September 21st. The team will also announce the A's 40th Anniversary team in a pre-game ceremony on September 20th.
The A's will be hosting former A's players throughout the season. In addition, the team is planning a number of anniversary-related gameday promotions, including:
• 40th Anniversary Team Photo Card Set (April 4 vs. Cleveland)
• 40th Anniversary DVD (April 6 vs. Cleveland)
• Throwback Day (May 4)
• 1968 Replica Cap (May 3 vs. Texas)
• Campy Campaneris Jersey Day (May 4 vs. Texas)
• Vida Blue Jersey Day (June 22 vs. Florida)
• Dave Stewart Jersey Day (July 13 vs. Los Angeles)
• Dave Henderson Jersey Day (August 17 vs. Chicago)
• Historical highlights on A's radio and television broadcasts along with in-stadium (on-going)
The team has established a Web site (oaklandathletics.com/40), which will launch on March 1, 2008, where fans will be able to vote on the 40 Greatest Moments in Oakland A's history.
This Saturday, January 26th, the A's will be hosting their annual FanFest at the McAfee Coliseum. Tickets for FanFest are $10 and are available through the team's official Web site (oaklandathletics.com) or at the A's Ticket Services Office. The gates will open for FanFest at 10:00 a.m. and will run through 3:00 p.m.
A number of A's players, including some of the team's top prospects, will be on-hand for the event, including: Bobby Crosby, Huston Street, Rich Harden, Mark Ellis, Daric Barton, Joe Blanton, Jerry Blevins, Dallas Braden, Andrew Brown, Rob Bowen, Travis Buck, Jack Cust, Chris Denorfia, Lenny DiNardo, Justin Duchscherer, Alan Embree, Dana Eveland, Chad Gaudin, Jack Hannahan, Dan Johnson, Kevin Melillo, Dan Meyer, Donnie Murphy and Kurt Suzuki among others.
OaklandClubhouse.com has been documenting the franchise history of the A's over the past several years. To read these features, please click here.