Baseball’s “Moneyball” franchise has enjoyed renewed success over the last decade, keeping fans in the stadium and bettors placing wagers.
Oakland Athletics Franchise History
The Oakland Athletics franchise originated in 1901 as the Philadelphia Athletics. The A’s didn’t move to Oakland until 1968, after a 13-year stint in Kansas City.
The A’s started out hot as a franchise, winning three World Series titles in four seasons from 1910-1913. The early A’s benefited from having star players Eddie Collins and third baseman Home Run Baker.
In 1929 and 1930, the A’s captured back-to-back titles, the last they’d win in Philadelphia. The club never reached the playoffs while residing in Kansas City, but it experienced almost immediate success after relocating to Oakland.
After winning the World Series in 1972 and 1973, the A’s defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 World Series and became just the second franchise to ever three-peat. Right-fielder Reggie Jackson and star pitcher Catfish Hunter played integral roles in Oakland’s dynasty.
In 1989, Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson and Mark McGwire led the A’s back to the top of the baseball mountain. The movie Moneyball starring Brad Pitt as A’s executive Billy Beane followed the A’s 2002 season in which the team won over 100 games and captured a division title.
Unfortunately, the A’s were bounced in the ALDS. Throughout the 2000s and 2010s, the A’s consistently made the playoffs, but they are still searching for another World Series crown.
California is one of several states in the US that boasts massive sports betting potential despite its failure to legalize the practice. Unlike Texas, the most comparable yet-to-be-legal market, California could be close to making legal sports betting a reality.
Many of the major US sportsbooks launched an initiative to get sports betting on the 2022 ballot. Opposing those sportsbooks, and their initiative, are three tribes which operate casinos in the state.
These tribes are aiming to bring sports betting to California via their own retail locations, while the US sportsbooks are taking an online-first approach. This ballot battle will have a major impact on exactly how sports betting is integrated into the state.
When sports betting does launch in California, Oakland A’s fans and bettors will likely see something similar to the following:
- Oakland Athletics -1.5
- Los Angeles Angels +1.5
In this example, the A’s are favored by a run-and-a-half over the Angels. For A’s bettors, Oakland needs to defeat the Angels by at least two runs.
If the A’s win by 1 run, or lose outright, A’s bettors lose their wagers, and the Angels cover the runline.