What Are The Nicknames Of Oakland Athletics? Why Are Oakland Athletics Called By These Nicknames?

The Oakland Athletics are an American professional baseball team based in Oakland, California. The Athletics compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West division. The team plays its home games at the Oakland Coliseum.

The team is managed by  Bob Melvin with the general manager of the team also being David Forst.

Oakland Athletics are owned by John J. Fisher and was founded in 1901, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States with its headquarters at  Oakland, California, United States.

According to reports, the team has some great players like first baseman Matt Olson as well as third baseman Matt Chapman and pitcher Chris Bassist.

The team is said to have many nicknames by which the team is known with some of them being; the elephant, mackmen among many others.

Nicknames Of Oakland Athletics Why Are Oakland Athletics Called By These Nicknames?

  • Mackmen (when the team played in Philadelphia) – in reference to their manager, Connie Mack.
  • The A’s – Short version of “Athletics”. Emphasized by Charles O. Finley during his ownership of the team during the 1960s and 1970s. Perhaps the most commonly used nickname on this list.
  • The Green and Gold – Reference to the current team’s colors.
  • The Swingin’ A’s – Refers to the early 1970s championship teams.
  • The Big Green Machine – Based from the Big Red Machine of Cincinnati Reds, which is another team that dominated in the ’70s.
  • The White Elephants – Reference to their mascot, which is itself a defiant reference to a comment made by Hall of Fame manager John McGraw, calling the team a “white elephant”.
  • The Elephants – Short version of the previous.
  • The Oakland Triple-A’s (AAAs) – In reference to Triple-A Minor League Baseball, used by some to highlight their lack of competitive skill or poor play during rough years.

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