The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California. The Athletics are a member of the Western Division of Major League Baseball's American League. From 1968 to the present, the Athletics have played in the Oakland Coliseum. The 'Athletics' name originates from the late 19th century 'athletic clubs', specifically the Philadelphia Athletics baseball club. They are most prominently nicknamed 'the A's', in reference to the Gothic script 'A', a trademark of the team and the old Athletics of Philadelphia. This has gained very prominent use, and in some circles is used more frequently than the full 'Athletics' name. They are also known as 'the White Elephants' or simply '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 team's mascot, and often incorporated it into the logo or sleeve patches.
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