November 16, 2023 - 1:08 pm
The Oakland Athletics are firmly headed for Las Vegas after Major League Baseball team owners unanimously approved the sport’s first relocation since 2005 on Thursday.
It will be the A’s fourth city — from Philadelphia to Kansas City to Oakland to Las Vegas — the most in baseball’s history.
Here’s a look at MLB teams that have moved since 1953:
TBA: Oakland A’s move to Las Vegas
After years of complaints about the Oakland Coliseum and an inability to gain government assistance for a new ballpark in the Bay Area, the A’s plan to move to a stadium to be built on the Strip with $380 million in public financing approved by Nevada. The A’s lease at the Coliseum expires after the 2024 season, and it remains unclear where the team will play before a new ballpark opens.
2005: Montreal Expos move to Washington, D.C.
The franchise became the Nationals after 36 years in Canada, leaving after declining attendance at Olympic Stadium and a desire for a new ballpark.
1972: Washington Senators move to Texas
The second version of the Senators was founded in 1961, lasting 11 seasons before declining attendance spurred a move to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
1970: Seattle Pilots move to Milwaukee
The expansion Pilots — of “Ball Four” fame — lasted one season in Seattle before moving to Milwaukee. Seattle would later get an expansion team, the Mariners, that started play in 1977.
1968: Kansas City Athletics move to Oakland
Citing declining attendance and a desire to move to the growing West Coast market, the A’s make the move to the Bay Area.
1966: Milwaukee Braves move to Atlanta
The franchise had a successful 13-year run in Milwaukee, winning the World Series in 1957, but that couldn’t stop the team from moving to the growing Atlanta market.
1961: Washington Senators move to Minnesota
After 60 years in the nation’s capital, the first version of the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota, where the franchise remains today.
1958: Brooklyn Dodgers move to Los Angeles
New York Giants move to San Francisco
In two moves that shook the sport, the Dodgers and Giants left New York for the rapidly growing West Coast. New York had just one team — the Yankees — for a handful of seasons until the Mets were established in 1962.
1955: Philadelphia Athletics move to Kansas City
After 52 seasons in Philadelphia, the A’s moved to Kansas City in an effort to find a new market where they didn’t have to compete with the crosstown Phillies.
1954: St. Louis Browns move to Baltimore
After years of poor performance and competition with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Browns moved to Baltimore, where they become the Orioles.
1953: Boston Braves move to Milwaukee
The Braves set off a wave of relocation throughout the 1950s and 1960s when the franchise left for Milwaukee after 77 seasons in Boston.