1966 Kansas City Athletics season

The 1966 Kansas City Athletics season was the twelfth and penultimate season in Kansas City, and the 66th in overall franchise history. It involved the A's finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 74 wins and 86 losses, 23 games behind the World Champion Baltimore Orioles. Paid attendance for the season was 773,929.[1] The pitching staff had an earned run average of 3.56, which ranked sixth in the American League.[2]

1966 Kansas City Athletics
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Location
Other information
Owner(s)Charles O. Finley
General manager(s)Ed Lopat
Manager(s)Alvin Dark
Local televisionKCMO
Local radioKCMO (AM)
(Monte Moore, Lynn Faris)
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Offseason

Regular season

  • The club won their home opener (contested on April 19) and proceeded to lose 14 of their next 16 games.[8] From June 19 to the final game of the season, the club won 50 games and lost 49, their best stretch since playing in Kansas City.[1] The Athletics did not finish in last place for the first time in three years.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 97 63 0.606 48–31 49–32
Minnesota Twins 89 73 0.549 9 49–32 40–41
Detroit Tigers 88 74 0.543 10 42–39 46–35
Chicago White Sox 83 79 0.512 15 45–36 38–43
Cleveland Indians 81 81 0.500 17 41–40 40–41
California Angels 80 82 0.494 18 42–39 38–43
Kansas City Athletics 74 86 0.463 23 42–39 32–47
Washington Senators 71 88 0.447 25½ 42–36 29–52
Boston Red Sox 72 90 0.444 26 40–41 32–49
New York Yankees 70 89 0.440 26½ 35–46 35–43

Record vs. opponents

1966 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY WSH
Baltimore 12–6 12–6 9–9 8–10 9–9 11–5 10–8 15–3 11–7
Boston 6–12 9–9 11–7 7–11 8–10 9–9 6–12 8–10 8–10
California 6–12 9–9 8–10 10–8 9–9 9–9 11–7 11–7 7–11
Chicago 9–9 7–11 10–8 11–7 8–10 13–5 4–14 9–9–1 12–6
Cleveland 10–8 11–7 8–10 7–11 9–9 6–12 9–9 12–6 9–9
Detroit 9–9 10–8 9–9 10–8 9–9 6–12 11–7 11–7 13–5
Kansas City 5–11 9–9 9–9 5–13 12–6 12–6 8–10 5–13 9–9
Minnesota 8–10 12–6 7–11 14–4 9–9 7–11 10–8 8–10 14–4
New York 3–15 10–8 7–11 9–9–1 6–12 7–11 13–5 10–8 5–10
Washington 7–11 10–8 11–7 6–12 9–9 5–13 9–9 4–14 10–5

Notable transactions

Round 1: Reggie Jackson (2nd pick) [13]
Round 5: Dave Hamilton
Round 6: Warren Bogle
Round 20: Larry Burchart (did not sign)
Round 1: Pete Varney (did not sign)

Roster

1966 Kansas City Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Phil Roof 127 367 77 .209 7 44

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Danny Cater 116 425 124 .292 7 52
José Tartabull 37 127 30 .236 0 4
Wayne Causey 28 79 18 .228 0 5
Billy Bryan 32 76 10 .132 0 7
Manny Jiménez 13 35 4 .114 0 1
John Donaldson 15 30 4 .133 0 1
Ron Stone 26 22 6 .273 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Chuck Dobson 14 83.2 4 6 4.09 61
Fred Talbot 11 67.2 4 4 4.79 37

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Lew Krausse 36 177.2 14 9 2.99 87
Ralph Terry 15 64 1 5 3.80 33
Gil Blanco 11 38.1 2 4 4.70 21
Bill Edgerton 6 8.1 0 1 3.24 3

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jack Aker 66 8 4 32 1.99 68
Jim Dickson 24 1 0 1 5.35 20
John Wyatt 19 0 3 2 5.32 25
Guido Grilli 16 0 1 1 6.89 8
Jim Duckworth 8 0 2 1 9.00 10

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Mounties Pacific Coast League Mickey Vernon
AA Mobile Athletics Southern League John McNamara
A Modesto Reds California League Gus Niarhos
A Leesburg Athletics Florida State League Jimmy Williams
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Al Ronning
A-Short Season Lewiston Broncos Northwest League Grady Wilson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Mobile, Modesto, Leesburg

References

  1. ^ a b Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.98, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  2. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, pp.97–98, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  3. ^ Satchel Paige at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.95, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  5. ^ a b Ron Stone at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Joe Rudi at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.96, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  8. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.97, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  9. ^ a b Ralph Terry at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ a b Diego Seguí at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Causey plays for A's after being traded
  12. ^ 1966 Kansas City Athletics Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
  13. ^ Reggie Jackson at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Kansas City Athletics Picks in the MLB August Legion Draft

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