Athletics Team History 1901 thru 1954


A’s Team History 1901 thru 1954

Philadelphia Athletics  (3886-4248 W-L, 1901 – 1954)  – 5 World Championships, 9 Pennants, and 8 Playoff Appearances

Also played as:

  • Oakland Athletics  (3629-3368 W-L, 1968 – 2011)  – 4 World Championships, 6 Pennants, and 15 Playoff Appearances
  • Kansas City Athletics  (829-1224 W-L, 1955 – 1967)

    A’s Teams Overall:  (8344-8840 W-L, 1901 – 2011)  – 9 World Championships, 15 Pennants, and 23 Playoff Appearances

Retired Numbers

Philadelphia Athletics 1910

Philadelphia Athletics 1910

Year Tm W L W-L% Finish Playoffs R BatAge PitchAge Top Player Managers
1954 Philadelphia Athletics 51 103 .331 8th of 8 542 28.4 27.7 A.Portocarrero (3.3) Eddie Joost (51-103)
1953 Philadelphia Athletics 59 95 .383 7th of 8 632 30.2 28.9 G.Zernial (3.5) Jimmy Dykes (59-95)
1952 Philadelphia Athletics 79 75 .513 4th of 8 664 31.0 28.6 B.Shantz (8.4) Jimmy Dykes (79-75)
1951 Philadelphia Athletics 70 84 .455 6th of 8 736 31.0 27.8 E.Joost (5.7) Jimmy Dykes (70-84)
1950 Philadelphia Athletics 52 102 .338 8th of 8 670 31.2 26.8 L.Brissie (3.2) Connie Mack (52-102)
1949 Philadelphia Athletics 81 73 .526 5th of 8 726 30.6 25.2 E.Joost (7.0) Connie Mack (81-73)
1948 Philadelphia Athletics 84 70 .545 4th of 8 729 30.0 26.4 C.Scheib (4.4) Connie Mack (84-70)
1947 Philadelphia Athletics 78 76 .506 5th of 8 633 29.8 27.9 D.Fowler (4.5) Connie Mack (78-76)
1946 Philadelphia Athletics 49 105 .318 8th of 8 529 29.9 28.3 J.Flores (4.3) Connie Mack (49-105)
1945 Philadelphia Athletics 52 98 .347 8th of 8 494 29.1 30.2 B.Estalella (3.0) Connie Mack (52-98)
1944 Philadelphia Athletics 72 82 .468 5th of 8 525 29.1 31.5 B.Newsom (2.8) Connie Mack (72-82)
1943 Philadelphia Athletics 49 105 .318 8th of 8 497 29.1 28.0 J.Flores (3.1) Connie Mack (49-105)
1942 Philadelphia Athletics 55 99 .357 8th of 8 549 28.7 27.4 B.Johnson (3.3) Connie Mack (55-99)
1941 Philadelphia Athletics 64 90 .416 8th of 8 713 27.0 28.6 S.Chapman (4.8) Connie Mack (64-90)
1940 Philadelphia Athletics 54 100 .351 8th of 8 703 26.9 27.6 J.Babich (3.7) Connie Mack (54-100)
1939 Philadelphia Athletics 55 97 .362 7th of 8 711 26.4 28.0 B.Johnson (6.0) Connie Mack (25-37) and Earle Mack (30-60)
1938 Philadelphia Athletics 53 99 .349 8th of 8 726 26.6 27.0 G.Caster (5.1) Connie Mack (53-99)
1937 Philadelphia Athletics 54 97 .358 7th of 8 699 26.9 26.2 B.Johnson (5.0) Connie Mack (39-80) and Earle Mack (15-17)
1936 Philadelphia Athletics 53 100 .346 8th of 8 714 25.6 25.6 H.Kelley (5.5) Connie Mack (53-100)
1935 Philadelphia Athletics 58 91 .389 8th of 8 710 27.0 25.7 J.Foxx (8.0) Connie Mack (58-91)
1934 Philadelphia Athletics 68 82 .453 5th of 8 764 26.9 25.3 J.Foxx (8.8) Connie Mack (68-82)
1933 Philadelphia Athletics 79 72 .523 3rd of 8 875 27.2 29.3 J.Foxx (9.0) Connie Mack (79-72)
1932 Philadelphia Athletics 94 60 .610 2nd of 8 981 29.0 30.1 J.Foxx (10.7) Connie Mack (94-60)
1931 Philadelphia Athletics 107 45 .704 1st of 8 Lost WS (4-3) 858 28.8 30.2 L.Grove (9.2) Connie Mack (107-45)
1930 Philadelphia Athletics 102 52 .662 1st of 8 Won WS (4-2) 951 28.7 30.9 L.Grove (9.2) Connie Mack (102-52)
1929 Philadelphia Athletics 104 46 .693 1st of 8 Won WS (4-1) 901 28.8 31.3 J.Foxx (8.0) Connie Mack (104-46)
1928 Philadelphia Athletics 98 55 .641 2nd of 8 829 29.6 31.9 L.Grove (6.3) Connie Mack (98-55)
1927 Philadelphia Athletics 91 63 .591 2nd of 8 841 30.3 31.3 A.Simmons (5.5) Connie Mack (91-63)
1926 Philadelphia Athletics 83 67 .553 3rd of 8 677 27.5 30.1 L.Grove (5.4) Connie Mack (83-67)
1925 Philadelphia Athletics 88 64 .579 2nd of 8 831 27.0 28.1 A.Simmons (5.6) Connie Mack (88-64)
1924 Philadelphia Athletics 71 81 .467 5th of 8 685 26.4 25.9 S.Baumgartner (4.2) Connie Mack (71-81)
1923 Philadelphia Athletics 69 83 .454 6th of 8 661 25.8 25.7 E.Rommel (4.8) Connie Mack (69-83)
1922 Philadelphia Athletics 65 89 .422 7th of 8 705 26.8 24.9 E.Rommel (5.6) Connie Mack (65-89)
1921 Philadelphia Athletics 53 100 .346 8th of 8 657 24.8 24.3 E.Rommel (3.6) Connie Mack (53-100)
1920 Philadelphia Athletics 48 106 .312 8th of 8 558 24.7 25.1 E.Rommel (4.5) Connie Mack (48-106)
1919 Philadelphia Athletics 36 104 .257 8th of 8 457 25.4 25.7 W.Kinney (1.6) Connie Mack (36-104)
1918 Philadelphia Athletics 52 76 .406 8th of 8 412 25.5 26.3 S.Perry (5.7) Connie Mack (52-76)
1917 Philadelphia Athletics 55 98 .359 8th of 8 529 25.4 24.6 A.Strunk (3.1) Connie Mack (55-98)
1916 Philadelphia Athletics 36 117 .235 8th of 8 447 25.9 23.3 A.Strunk (3.5) Connie Mack (36-117)
1915 Philadelphia Athletics 43 109 .283 8th of 8 545 26.2 22.2 A.Strunk (3.7) Connie Mack (43-109)
1914 Philadelphia Athletics 99 53 .651 1st of 8 Lost WS (4-0) 749 25.7 25.3 E.Collins (11.3) Connie Mack (99-53)
1913 Philadelphia Athletics 96 57 .627 1st of 8 Won WS (4-1) 794 25.4 25.8 E.Collins (10.4) Connie Mack (96-57)
1912 Philadelphia Athletics 90 62 .592 3rd of 8 779 25.8 27.3 H.Baker (10.0) Connie Mack (90-62)
1911 Philadelphia Athletics 101 50 .669 1st of 8 Won WS (4-2) 861 26.8 28.5 E.Collins (7.3) Connie Mack (101-50)
1910 Philadelphia Athletics 102 48 .680 1st of 8 Won WS (4-1) 674 27.6 28.3 J.Coombs (9.7) Connie Mack (102-48)
1909 Philadelphia Athletics 95 58 .621 2nd of 8 605 27.4 26.9 E.Collins (9.8) Connie Mack (95-58)
1908 Philadelphia Athletics 68 85 .444 6th of 8 486 29.0 26.5 E.Plank (4.6) Connie Mack (68-85)
1907 Philadelphia Athletics 88 57 .607 2nd of 8 584 30.4 26.5 E.Plank (5.5) Connie Mack (88-57)
1906 Philadelphia Athletics 78 67 .538 4th of 8 561 28.6 24.9 H.Davis (5.0) Connie Mack (78-67)
1905 Philadelphia Athletics 92 56 .622 1st of 8 Lost WS (4-1) 623 29.7 25.2 R.Waddell (7.8) Connie Mack (92-56)
1904 Philadelphia Athletics 81 70 .536 5th of 8 557 30.5 25.0 R.Waddell (7.3) Connie Mack (81-70)
1903 Philadelphia Athletics 75 60 .556 2nd of 8 597 29.9 23.7 R.Waddell (6.3) Connie Mack (75-60)
1902 Philadelphia Athletics 83 53 .610 1st of 8 775 29.1 25.3 R.Waddell (9.1) Connie Mack (83-53)
1901 Philadelphia Athletics 74 62 .544 4th of 8 805 27.7 27.1 N.Lajoie (9.4) Connie Mack (74-62)
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Schwimer Shipped Off With Being Out Of Favor And A Bullpen Glut


Phils acquire first baseman Charles for Schwimer

 

By Todd Zolecki / MLB.com | 02/23/2013 6:31 PM ET

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. — There is more to the Michael Schwimer trade than just a glut of relief pitchers in Phillies camp.

 

Michael Schwimer

Michael Schwimer (Photo credit: Keith Allison)

 

The Phillies announced Saturday that they traded Schwimer to the Toronto Blue Jays for Minor League first baseman Art Charles. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said they shipped Schwimer to Toronto because they had depth in the bullpen, they needed to anticipate future roster moves and they needed power at the Minor League level. But Schwimer had fallen out of favor with the organization after he disputed the Phillies’ decision to send him to Triple-A Lehigh Valley in August, claiming he was injured, although there also had been other issues.

 

It might be more accurate to call this trade addition by subtraction.

 

“He’s a great kid,” said Amaro, when asked if last season’s dispute sparked the trade. “There’s nothing wrong with Schwim.”

 

Schwimer said he agreed, but added one caveat.

 

“The Phillies want to win, period, so they’re not going to let any petty differences affect them wanting to win,” he said. “So, in my opinion, I think that had absolutely zero effect.”

 

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Cole Hamels

 

Major League Baseball rules prevent a team from sending a player to the Minor Leagues while injured. The Phillies optioned Schwimer to Lehigh Valley on Aug. 23. He said he was hurt and should have been placed on the disabled list, but the Phillies disagreed. Schwimer didn’t report to the team immediately as he sought a second opinion. And while no formal grievance has been filed, Schwimer said, “As far as I’m concerned it’s an open issue. Nothing has been filed. Nothing has been done. But it’s still definitely an open issue.”

 

“There’s a lot of things I can’t get into with that,” he added. “What I will say was there was definitely a disconnect in communication from what I … that’s all I’m going to say. It was nothing personal against them, it was nothing personal against me. As a young player, you really don’t know how to handle certain things, and in their opinion I handled things the wrong way, and in my opinion they handled things … it was just a communication difference.”

 

Schwimer also got into trouble earlier in the season when he tweeted roster moves before they became official. And while there was a personality conflict at times, Schwimer was highly complimentary to the organization Saturday.

 

“This is a business,” Schwimer said. “Everybody has to do what they think will make the team better. I respect their decision completely. I absolutely loved my time with the Phillies. They drafted me in 2008, called me up to the big leagues and … if I wasn’t a Phillie I would never have met my wife, so there’s a lot of life things and a lot of both on and off the field things that would never have happened if I wasn’t a Philadelphia Phillie. I loved the teammates and the team. I hope we meet in the World Series. It’s been a great time and a great ride.”

 

Even with a plethora of relievers in camp, it is unusual to trade a pitcher like Schwimer, who has plenty of potential. He had a 7.56 ERA through nine appearances last season, but a 3.46 ERA in his final 26 appearances. He also has options remaining, which makes him valuable.

 

“It’s an arm that should pitch in the big leagues,” pitching coach Rich Dubee said. “He’s got plenty of talent to pitch in the big leagues. He’s got to get some presence. He’s got to get some composure on the mound. He’s got to understand who he is and what he is as a pitcher. But he’s got to stick to doing things the right way instead of trying to be too macho at times and coming out of his delivery.”

 

Asked if he felt like he needed to make this trade now, Amaro said, “No, we didn’t have to. We could have waited, but we felt like it was the right thing to do right now for us.”

 

Charles, 22, hit .236 with 15 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 34 RBIs and a .909 OPS combined with Rookie level Bluefield and Class A Vancouver.

 

“Charles is a guy that has got big pop,” Amaro said. “Whether he is going to be a Major League hitter at some point, we don’t know. But we know he has a lot of power and is a pretty decent athlete. He’s a big kid, and we’ll see — a lot of home runs, a lot of strikeouts, a lot of walks. We’ll see. We’re taking a chance on a guy.”

 

Hamels feeling urge to accept leadership role

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Nobody has said a word to Cole Hamels about Opening Day, which is fine with him.

 

Pitching the season opener would be nice, but …

 

“I’ve never really thought about it,” he said after pitching two scoreless innings Saturday in the Phillies’ Grapefruit League opener against Houston at Bright House Field. “It’s one game, one appearance and then you’re back into the normal baseball atmosphere. I’ve never really looked at it as this big sort of ordeal. I’ve always valued the playoffs. When you have to lead off the playoff game and a series, I think that’s pretty important. I think that’s kind of where it’s at. If you do get that honor, you just go out and stick to business and try to win a ballgame.”

 

Hamels is expected to start Opening Day on April 1, but that is more than a month away. Saturday simply represented the first step toward what Hamels hopes is a late run into October. That is what he is preparing for, and that is what is on his mind.

 

It is why he said he declined to participate in the World Baseball Classic.

 

“I don’t think it’s the smartest thing for pitchers to do,” he said. “Ultimately, I think a lot of the pitchers have the right idea, too. You don’t see any of the big-time guys up there. I think ultimately our goal is to win a World Series, not the WBC. That’s something I’m always going to keep on track, that’s first and foremost — winning the World Series. I’m going to do everything I can for the Phillies and this organization and my teammates.”

 

So Hamels also acknowledged he could step into more of a leadership role this season. Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay said earlier this week it’s Hamels’ time to start Opening Day. He also said it’s time for him to become more vocal as a leader. Those comments came before closer Jonathan Papelbon said he hadn’t seen any leadership in the clubhouse since he has been here.

 

“I’m almost 30, so I should probably kick it in gear with the leadership role,” Hamels said. “I have been here for a long time and I’ve seen some leaders leave, like Pat [Burrell], [Jamie] Moyer and Jayson Werth and Aaron Rowand — those guys were big-time leaders. You can’t expect new guys to come in and lead a team. They have to feel it out. I agree with Pap. Last year, I wasn’t fulfilling my end of the bargain either. We are all guilty. We all have to step up and take a role and a presence in this team and get back to what we’re capable of doing, which is winning.”

 

Hamels used to talk about throwing perfect games and winning Cy Young Awards, but that is on the back burner. He said he sees a sense of urgency in the clubhouse this spring as some players sense the window of opportunity to win closing.

 

So the Cy Young Award? Eh, that would be a nice bonus.

 

“I’d be lying if I didn’t say it would be nice to have one,” he said. “I would trade Cy Youngs for World Series rings any day of the week, and I think [Cliff Lee and Halladay] would, too. That’s the reason why we play baseball — to win championships, not a plaque to put on the wall.”

 

Utley steps right up in game action, feels ‘perfect’

 

CLEARWATER, Fla. — It had been a couple years of setbacks and soreness, but Chase Utley is finally back on the field.

 

He played three innings Saturday in the Phillies’ Grapefruit League opener against the Houston Astros at Bright House Field. It was his first Spring Training game since 2010 because of problems with chronically injured knees. Utley went 1-for-2 with one RBI, ripping the first pitch he saw from Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell up the middle in the first inning to score a run in the 8-3 loss.

 

“It was a good first step,” Utley said.

 

Utley isn’t sure how much he will play this spring or if he will be on a routine schedule like other players in camp, but he will not play Sunday against the Tigers in Lakeland. He is expected back in the lineup Monday against the Tigers in Clearwater.

 

“To be honest, I forgot what a normal Spring Training schedule is,” he said. “No, what Charlie [Manuel] and I have planned, there will be plenty of games under my belt. So far so good. Things are progressing well. … The last couple of Spring Trainings I was just trying to figure out a way to get on the field, and that didn’t work. This year, the stuff I did in the offseason has worked so far. Hopefully it will give me a chance to not only know what I need to do to get on the field but to actually make some progressions while playing.”

 

But the biggest question is: no pain in the knees?

 

“I feel good,” he said. “Perfect.”

 

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

 

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