For almost ten months, the Athletics have kept the celebrations to themselves. Nearly 60,000 seats remain unoccupied at the Oakland Coliseum, as empty parking lots surround the sports complex. Players round the bases and see nothing but the concrete linings of a cavernous stadium.
The grassy area at Verdese Carter Park looks nothing like a football field. There are no yard markers to measure by or yellow uprights to kick through. But on a hazy afternoon in early October, there’s just enough space between dog-walkers and pickup basketball games to squeeze in a Castlemont High School football practice.
Lifelong Oakland resident Franky Navarro takes over as commissioner for the Oakland Athletic League, putting him in charge of thousands of student athletes districtwide.
Historically, Oakland was a hotbed for producing African American baseball talent for Major League Baseball. However, the face of baseball has changed. Today, blacks only account for a tiny percentage of professional players. Click on the video above to take a look at the reasons that have caused the decline, both among young Oakland players and in pro sports.
On February 7, Oakland native and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson passed away at the age of 83 after a battle with a prolonged illness. The McClymonds High School graduate played 21 seasons in the league, hitting 586 home runs. He was a 14-time All-Star and the only player to win Most Valuable Player Awards in both leagues – 1961 for the Cincinnati Reds in the National League and 1966 for the Baltimore Orioles in the American…
The Oakland Raiders teamed up with the West Oakland Youth Center and First Book, a nonprofit that gives books to children in low-income neighborhoods, to bring free books to children during their “Rush to Read” event on Tuesday night.
More than 120 kids participated in a 5k race around Lake Merritt that raised more than $38,000 to support Running For a Better Oakland’s youth running programs.
Love them or hate them, electric scooters are now a regular sight on city streets across the nation. Since they first came to Oakland this summer, they’ve been operating in a legal gray area—there was no legislation in place to regulate them. That changed in September, when the Oakland City Council passed an ordinance to develop permits for scooter companies.