It was Turn Back the Clock Day on Sunday, and both teams adopted the monikers of their 1955 Pacific Coast League counterparts, the A's transforming into the Oakland Oaks and the Mariners becoming the Seattle Rainiers.
The two teams each wore throwback uniforms, '50s music played over the Coliseum PA all afternoon and an Elvis Presley impersonator performed the National Anthem before the game. Seven former Oaks were honored during a pregame ceremony as well, including Ernie Broglio, the infamous other part in the Cardinals-Cubs Lou Brock trade.
The Oaks played in nearby Emeryville from 1903 to 1955 in the days when the PCL was the biggest baseball institution around, with no Major League teams in the region. That was slightly before the time of A's manager Bob Melvin, who was born in 1961, but he still appreciates the history.
"I know the uniforms look good," Melvin said. "I know the history of the organization, [but] couldn't tell you in detail too much about the Oakland Oaks. I do like the fact that we do celebrate the teams of the past. I think MLB does a great job in doing that, getting us different uniforms in tune with the times."