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ATHLETICS TIMELINE
1901-1921 | 1922-1941 | 1942-1961 | 1962-1981 | 1982-Present
Timeline 1982-Present
1982  - Rickey Henderson steals 2 bases in a 3-2 win over the Red Sox to give him 51 SBs in 51 games, the fastest anyone has ever reached 50 SBs in a season.
1984  -
Dave Kingman

Dave Kingman hits 3 home runs--including his 12th career grand slam--and drives in 8 runs in the A's 9-6 win over the Mariners. It is Kingman's 5th career 3-HR game, one shy of the ML record held by Johnny Mize.

1985  - Oakland's Dave Kingman becomes the 21st player to hit 400 career home runs.
1986  - Oakland's Jose Rijo sets a club record with 16 strikeouts in 8 innings as the A's beat Seattle 7-2.
1987  - One day after hitting 3 home runs in Oakland's 13-3 rout of the Indians, A's rookie 1B Mark McGwire hits 2 more in a 10-0 Oakland romp to tie the ML record of 5 homers in 2 games.
1988  - Oakland beats Detroit 3-1 to extend its club-record winning streak to 14 consecutive games, the longest in the majors since 1977.
1989  -

Prior to the start of Game Three of the World Series at Candlestick Park, an earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale devastated large parts of the Bay Area. The tragedy, the first of its kind to strike the World Series, forced postponement of the third game and caused Commissioner Fay Vincent to consider a change of venue for the rest of the Series. When the Series anticlimactically resumed 12 days later at San Francisco, the A's completed a sweep by winning back-to-back slugfests. Oakland beat Toronto 4-3 to win the ALCS 4-1 and advance to the World Series for the 2nd straight year.

1990  - Rickey Henderson steals his 893rd career base in Oakland's 2-1 loss to the Blue Jays, surpassing Ty Cobb as the AL's all-time leader.
1991  - Oakland's Rickey Henderson garners his 939th career stolen base in the 4th inning of a game against the Yankees to break Lou Brock's all-time mark.
1992  - Oakland OF Rickey Henderson steals the 1,000th base of his career in the 1st inning of the A's 7-6 win over Detroit.
1993  - Oakland OF Rickey Henderson steals his 24th base of the year in the Athletics' 4-0 loss to the White Sox. The SB is the 1,066th of his career, making him the world's all-time leader, surpassing the total of 1,065 of Yutaka Fukumoto, who played in Japan from 1970 to 1988.
1994  - Oakland P Bobby Witt narrowly misses hurling a perfect game, defeating KC on a 4-0, 1-hitter. Umpire Gary Cederstrom calls Greg Gagne safe on a close play at 1st in the 6th inning, for the Royals only hit, but TV replays show that Gagne was out.
1995  - Oakland's Mark McGwire hits 3 consecutive HRs in an 8-1 win over the Red Sox. McGwire hit 2 HRs yesterday, giving him a ML record-tying 5 HRs in 2 consecutive games.
1996  - The Athletics open the season in Las Vegas since renovations to the Oakland Coliseum are still not finished. It is the first time since September 3, 1957 that major league teams have played in a minor league park.
1997  - In Oakland, Mark McGwire hits his 22nd homer as Oakland rallies for five runs in the seventh inning to beat Detroit, 9-8. It is McGwire's 10th homer in 19 games.
1998  - Oakland rookie OF Ben Grieve gets 5 hits in the Athletics' 11-4 win over Cleveland. He scores 4 runs in the contest while knocking in a pair.
1999  - The A's Tony Phillips celebrates his 40th birthday by hitting a game-winning home run to beat the Baltimore Orioles; he becomes just the fifth major-leaguer to crank one out on his 40th or later birthday.
2000  - A's Pitching Ace, Tim Hudson records his 20th victory on the last day of the season; the A's would clinch the A.L. West by 1/2 game.
2002  - Oakland gave its fans one of the most memorable seasons in recent history by putting together 20 consecutive wins between August 13 and September 4 -- the longest winning streak in AL history. The A's brought out 55,528 fans to the 20th game of their historic streak, jumping out to an 11-0 lead against visiting Kansas City after three innings only to blow it and come back again. Pinch-hitter Scott Hatteberg homered in the bottom of the ninth inning to notch the win in true dramatic fashion. The A's finished first in their division with a 103-59 record but eventually lost the American League Division Series in five games to the Minnesota Twins. The unforgettable season was topped off with southpaw Barry Zito -- who tallied a 23-5 record and 2.75 ERA -- winning his first AL Cy Young Award. The 2002 season was the subject of Michael Lewis' 2003 best-selling book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game," which was later adapted into the Academy Award nominated film "Moneyball," starring actor Brad Pitt as A's GM Billy Beane.
2004  - Despite winning at least 91 games for the fifth consecutive season, the A's were unable to make the playoffs, falling one game short of the American League West title. Tied with the Anaheim Angels heading into the final weekend of the season, the A's dropped the first two games of a winner-take-all three-game series. Star third baseman Eric Chavez and ace right-hander Tim Hudson each missed six weeks with injuries, so that the A's were able to stay afloat was something of an accomplishment, and shortstop Bobby Crosby's rookie season earned him a sweep of the three major AL Rookie of the Year awards. 
2005  - The As had a difficult task ahead them in the 2005 season after trading away starters Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder. They had a slow start and on May 29 their record stood at 17-32. But through June and July Oakland complied a 39-14 record and on Aug. 5 they became the first team in history to go from 15 games below .500 to 15 games above in the same season. But in September, Oakland went 11-17 and missed the playoff for the second straight year. The As finished at 88-74 in second place in the American League behind the Angels. 
2006  - The Oakland As reached the American League Championship in 2006, doing so for the first time since 1992. After winning 93 games and winning the AL West by four games, Oakland beat Minnesota in three games before being swept by the Tigers in the ALCS. Oakland was led by the resurgence of Frank Thomas as the 38-year old hit 39 home runs and had 114 RBIs. 
2012  - Coming off their fifth consecutive non-winning season, the A's marched into the 2012 campaign with low expectations following an offseason that brought about a rebuild. Yet they defied all odds and managed to compile a 94-68 record, which was second best in the American League and tied for fourth best in the Major Leagues. Oakland won the AL West for the fifth time in the past 13 years and the 15th time in Oakland history. The A's clinched the division with a win over Texas on the final day of the regular season becoming the first team to come back from a deficit of five games with nine remaining to win a division or pennant. The A's spent one day solely in first place, staging one of the most remarkable comebacks in Major League history. The A's took the Tigers to Game 5 in the AL Division Series, ultimately surrendering to a dominant Justin Verlander to end a remarkable season. It included a Major League-leading 14 walk-off victories, including eight within a 16-game home stretch from June 21 through July 22 under the watch of manager Bob Melvin, who was later named AL Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. GM Billy Beane was also selected as The Sporting News Executive of the Year. The A's posted the best pitching staff ERA (3.48) by an Oakland team in 22 years (3.18 in 1990), and the bullpen (2.90) led the AL. The club's staff boasted 12 rookies, who combined for 319 games pitched and 54 wins -- both Oakland records. Youngsters Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone tallied 13 each, setting an Oakland rookie record for most wins in a season.
2013  - The A's returned to postseason play for the second consecutive season after claiming their sixth American League West title in the last 14 years. By posting a 96-66 record, they finished 5 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Rangers, which was the A's largest margin since 1992 when they won the West by six games and it also marked the fourth time in Oakland history the A's have won consecutive division championships (1971-75, 1988-90, 2002-03). 2013 marked the A's sixth AL West crown in the last 14 years and their 16th since moving to Oakland. Only the Yankees (18) and Braves (17) have more division championships. The A's appeared in postseason play for the 17th time in Oakland history and 25th time in Athletics history. Only the Yankees (51), Dodgers (27), and Cardinals (26) have more postseason appearances. The A's were the only team in the Majors to post a winning record in all six months of the season. They won their most games since 2003 and spent 82 days in sole possession of first place en route to another AL Division Series appearance. For the second consecutive season, the A's faced the Tigers and, again, took them to five games, in the end bowing down to a dominant Justin Verlander. Nevertheless, it remained a mightily successful season. Oakland's pitching staff compiled a 3.56 ERA, good for second in the AL. The starting staff finished with a 3.72 ERA, including a 2.65 mark from Bartolo Colon, who at 40 years old won a team-leading 18 games and earned his first All-Star nod. Closer Grant Balfour also earned an All-Star selection, the first of his career. The right-hander compiled 38 saves, which ranked sixth in the AL. Colon and Balfour were joined in New York for All-Star festivities by teammate Yoenis Cespedes, who, despite not being named an All-Star himself, emerged as the winner of the Home Run Derby. 2013 also proved to be a breakout one for third baseman Josh Donaldson, who was the A's best offensive performer, batting .301 with 24 home runs and 93 RBIs in 158 games. Overall, the A's ranked third in the AL and the Majors with 186 home runs. Following the season, GM Billy Beane was named Baseball America's Major League Executive of the Year.
1901-1921 | 1922-1941 | 1942-1961 | 1962-1981 | 1982-Present