The Oakland Athletics were founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1901. Originally the Oakland Athletics were named the Philadelphia Athletics, and then in 1955, they moved to Kansas to become the Kansas City Athletics. The team finally moved in 1968 to Oakland and became the Oakland Athletics. The Oakland Athletics are now based in California and play their games in the Oakland Coliseum. The team have a very loyal fan base and have been nicknamed ‘the White Elephants’ or ‘the Elephants’ by the dedicated Oakland Athletics fans.