Located in Oakland, California, the Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team. The Oakland Athletics are a member of the Major League Baseball's American League, Western Division. From the year 1968 to the present, the Oakland Athletics have played in the Oakland Coliseum.
The name "Athletics" originated from the late 19th century "athletic clubs", particularly the Athletic of Philadelphia. Athletics are most prominently nicknamed as "the A's", in orientation to the black letter "A", a trademark of the team and the old Athletic of Philadelphia. This has gained very well-known use, and in some circles it is used more frequently than the full name "Athletics". They are also known as "the White Elephants" or just "the Elephants", in reference to then New York Giants' manager John McGraw's calling the team a "white elephant". This was embraced by the team, who then made a white elephant the Oakland athletics mascot, and often included it into the logo or sleeve patches.
One of the American League's eight licensed franchises, the club was recognized in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the year 1901. Then the Philadelphia Athletics, the team went to Kansas City in year 1955 and became the Kansas City Athletics. In year 1968 the team moved to the Oakland.