I wasn't going to dare trying to include all 100-plus years of A's history in this article—so I chose to just focus on the Oakland years.
Ranking these moments was out of the question, too, so I just listed them chronologically. Older A's fans who lived through the 1970s World Series runs, please correct me if I missed any significant moments there.
This is my third and final "evergreen" assignment from bleacherreport.com as part of an agreement in becoming a featured columnist. I'm glad to have these assignments behind me so I can continue writing the articles I want to write. Enjoy.
On this day in Oakland A's history, the A's secured a World Series berth with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers—but the victory was bittersweet.
In the second inning, A's manager Dick Williams called for a double steal. The front end of that double steal was Reggie Jackson, who scampered home and scored in a collision at the plate.
Unfortunately for Jackson, he tore his left hamstring while scoring and would miss the World Series.
This first of two runs the A's would score was crucial in the victory that sent the A's to their World Series victory in Oakland.
After Reggie missed out on the 1972 World Series with a torn hamstring, Oakland fans rooted extra hard for him when the A's returned to the World Series in 1973.
What a long and hard-fought series it was.
The Oakland A's and New York Mets dueled their way to a decisive game seven.
In Game 7, the A's had all the offense they needed in one inning.
The A's scored four runs in the home half of the third on two separate two-run home runs. The first was by Bert Campenaris; the second was by—you guessed it—Reggie Jackson. At the time, tt put the A's up 4-0 in a game the A's would eventually win 5-2.
Jackson took home the World Series MVP honors by hitting .310 (9-for-29) with 1 HR and 6 RBI.
Oct. 17, 1974: This is history, folks. This is the date the A's clinched their third-consecutive World Series victory. Only the New York Yankees (1949-53) have achieved the same feat.
Game 5 was won by killing the Los Angeles Dodgers' eighth-inning rally. The A's were only winning 3-2, so there was no room for error.
Dodgers hitter Bill Buckner laces a line drive to right center. The ball is misplayed by Bill North, sending the ball rolling another 30 feet or so back. Reggie Jackson backs him up and executes a perfect relay throw to second baseman Dick Green—who, in turn, fires a perfect throw to third to throw out Buckner.
Buckner's greed for third base ended the Dodgers rally—and the 1974 World Series title belonged to the A's.
Truth be told, the biggest moment of the World Series didn't involve baseball at all. That moment, of course, was the Loma Prieta earthquake just before the scheduled Game 3.
A's starting pitcher Dave Stewart controlled the Giants in the Game 1 victory, 5-0. Mike Moore similarly controlled the Giants for the Game 2 victory, 5-1. Uninterrupted, Game 3 would have been led by A's starter Bob Welch. Instead, the earthquake sets Game 3 back until Oct. 27.
A tragedy in the Bay Area? Sure. Lives were lost. Significant damage was done to freeways and The Bay Bridge.
But what the earthquake meant to the A's was this: Stewart and Moore, on plenty of rest, were able to start Game 3 and Game 4.
Not that Welch was a bad choice for Game 3, but after Stewart and Moore already fared well against the Giants, it was smart money to bet on them to win again—and they did.
Hello, first World Series victory since 1974!
Watch this video of Marco Scutaro's 3-RBI double from Game Three the 2006 ALDS.
Go ahead, I'll wait.
Going into Game 3 of the ALDS, The A's had won both Game 1 and Game 2 on the Minnesota Twins' noisy home turf: The Metrodome. With three games left to play, they headed back to Oakland.
Peace of cake, right? We've got this, right?
Nope. A's fans were all too familiar with the heartache after heartache from 2000-03, as the A's lost the best-of-five ALDS four years in a row, 4-2. There was not a cocky A's fan, and they were all crossing their fingers that the A's would finally win.
Enter Marco Scutaro.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, A's winning 5-2, bases loaded, Scutaro steps to the plate. The fans begin to chant "Marco! Scutaro!"
Scutaro then smacks a ball into the right field corner, clearing the bases and giving the A's an 8-2 lead. The cheers from the stands were deafening. The chants for Scutaro continued—louder than ever.
Scutaro had sealed the A's fate in breaking the team streak of being ousted in the ALDS.
Clutch: Thy name is Scutaro.