There was a Philadelphia Athletics during the first year of the National League in 1876. But they and the New York Mutuals were both kicked out of the league because each skipped the final road-trip of the year to save money.The A's have a history dating back to 1901 with the formation of the American League, but they weren't the original Philadelphia Athletics.
There was a Philadelphia Athletics franchise from 1871-1875.
Eddie Plank looked 70 years old at birth.The A's name has been around so long (in 3 cities) there are question marks on their first B-R roster page
That whole thing was a goddamned typo which two new owners didn't realize when the AL & NL Constitutions were combined into a new MLB Constitution. And the court ruling was that because the new Oakland owner signed the MLB Constitution (and CBAs) which included incorrect language, it was binding.The exclusivity deal with the Giants was the final nail in the coffin. Chokes the A's earning potential out. Pretty messed up
And another good reason to hate the giants