3) Oakland Athletics, 9
Established in 1901, they were the Philadelphia Athletics until moving to Oakland in 1968. Behind Hall of Famers Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Grove, the A’s captured 5 World Series titles during their time on the East Coast. A large part of the team’s success can be attributed to legendary manager, Connie Mack, who managed the A’s for 50 seasons!
The golden age for Athletics baseball came in the early 70’s, when the team won three consecutive World Series titles from 1972 to 1974. Those iconic teams were led by pitching ace Catfish Hunter, slugger Reggie Jackson and lights-out reliever Rollie Fingers. The A’s were relevant once again in the 80’s behind the bats of the “Bash Brothers” (Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire), as well as Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley and Rickey Henderson. Recently, the A’s have been known for pioneering the “Moneyball Era” — using advanced statistics to target undervalued players — in an effort to win games with a limited payroll.
Notable Players: Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Rollie Fingers, Dennis Eckersley, Reggie Jackson, Rickey Henderson
Championship Seasons: 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1989