The 1966 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft took place prior to the 1966 MLB season. The draft saw the New York Mets take Steve Chilcott first overall, with future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson drafted second.
|1966 Major League Baseball draft|
|First selection||Steve Chilcott|
New York Mets
|First round selections||20|
|= All-Star||= Baseball Hall of Famer|
The following are the first round picks in the 1966 Major League Baseball draft.
|1||Steve Chilcott||New York Mets||C||Lancaster, California|
|2||Reggie Jackson||Kansas City Athletics||OF||Arizona State|
|3||Wayne Twitchell||Houston Astros||RHP||Portland, Oregon|
|4||Ken Brett||Boston Red Sox||LHP||El Segundo, California|
|5||Dean Burk||Chicago Cubs||RHP||Highland, Illinois|
|6||Tom Grieve||Washington Senators||OF||Pittsfield, Massachusetts|
|7||Leron Lee||St. Louis Cardinals||OF||Sacramento, California|
|8||Jim DeNeff||California Angels||SS||Indiana University|
|9||Mike Biko||Philadelphia Phillies||RHP||Dallas, Texas|
|10||Jim Lyttle||New York Yankees||OF||Florida State|
|11||Al Santorini||Milwaukee Braves||RHP||Union, New Jersey|
|12||* John Curtis||Cleveland Indians||LHP||Smithtown, New York|
|13||Gary Nolan||Cincinnati Reds||RHP||Oroville, California|
|14||* Rick Konik||Detroit Tigers||1B||Detroit, Michigan|
|15||Richie Hebner||Pittsburgh Pirates||SS||Norwood, Massachusetts|
|16||Ted Parks||Baltimore Orioles||SS||University of California|
|17||Bob Reynolds||San Francisco Giants||RHP||Seattle, WA|
|18||Carlos May||Chicago White Sox||OF||Birmingham, AL|
|19||Larry Hutton||Los Angeles Dodgers||RHP||Greenfield, Indiana|
|20||Bob Jones||Minnesota Twins||3B||Dawson, Georgia|
* Did not sign
|2||38||Johnny Oates*||Chicago White Sox||Catcher|
|3||47||Clay Kirby||St. Louis Cardinals||Pitcher|
|3||60||Steve Garvey*||Minnesota Twins||Third baseman|
|5||83||Cliff Johnson||Houston Astros||Catcher|
|5||95||Dave Cash||Pittsburgh Pirates||Shortstop|
|6||115||Gene Clines||Pittsburgh Pirates||2B-OF|
|8||159||Charlie Hough||Los Angeles Dodgers||Pitcher|
|9||168||Ken Forsch*||California Angels||Pitcher|
|9||179||Bill Russell||Los Angeles Dodgers||Outfielder|
|10||190||Ken Stabler*||New York Yankees||Pitcher|
|15||299||Ted Sizemore||Los Angeles Dodgers||Catcher|
|19||361||Ron Cey*||New York Mets||Third baseman|
|20||388||Dave LaRoche||California Angels||Pitcher|
|31||595||Bill Stoneman||Chicago Cubs||Pitcher|
|31||598||Bill Bonham*||California Angels||Pitcher|
|32||609||Kurt Bevacqua*||New York Mets||Second baseman|
* Did not sign
| 1st Overall Picks
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Archie Edward Reynolds (born January 3, 1946) is a former professional baseball pitcher. He appeared in 36 games over five seasons in Major League Baseball without earning a win. He had eight losses.
Reynolds was born in Glendale, California, but grew up in East Texas, and graduated from John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas. After attending Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas, Reynolds was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 38th round of the 1966 Major League Baseball draft. He dominated Rookie ball, going 9–3 with a 2.13 earned run average for the Pioneer League's Treasure Valley Cubs to earn a promotion all the way to double A in 1967. He went 13–2 with a 2.19 ERA with the double A San Antonio Missions in 1968, and earned his first call to the major leagues that August. He appeared in seven games for the Cubs, and had a 6.75 ERA. His one loss was his only start against the San Francisco Giants on August 27.For the most part, Reynolds spent all of 1969 assigned to Tacoma, making only two starts for the Cubs in the second game of doubleheaders on June 15 & 22. The Cubs won, and Reynolds left with a lead in his June 15 start against the Cincinnati Reds, however, after giving up a lead off home run to opposing pitcher Jim Maloney to start the fifth, followed by a hard single back to the mound by Pete Rose, Reynolds was pulled, and was ineligible for the decision.Reynolds was 0–2 with a 6.60 ERA for the Cubs in 1970 when he was dealt to the California Angels for Juan Pizarro. He spent the rest of the season assigned to the Angels' Pacific Coast League affiliate, the Hawaii Islanders, where he went 7–3 with a 2.62 ERA. On May 26, 1972, he was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Curt Motton. He appeared in five games for the Brewers in 1972, spending most of the season and all of 1973 with the triple A Evansville Triplets. He returned to the Hawaii Islanders in 1974, now a San Diego Padres affiliate, where he was 1–4 in nine games.Don Hahn (baseball)
Donald Antone Hahn (born November 16, 1948) is an American former professional baseball outfielder, known primarily for his defensive abilities. Hahn played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals, and San Diego Padres.
Hahn attended Campbell High School in Campbell, California. There, along with his studies, he played baseball, basketball, and football. The right-handed throwing and batting Hahn was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the 17th round of the 1966 Major League Baseball draft
On April 8, 1969, Hahn played in his first major league game; he was the starting center fielder in the Montreal Expos' first game ever. He also was the first fielder in Expo franchise history to field a ball; in the bottom of the first inning, the New York Mets' Tommie Agee singled to center field, and Hahn retrieved it and threw the ball to the cutoff man. The game was played at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York, and the Expos defeated the Mets by a score of 11-10. Hahn's first major league at-bat came in the second inning of the game as he batted eighth in the lineup; he struck out. He went 0-for-3 before being taken out for Don Shaw. Hahn later became quite accustomed to the Shea Stadium outfield grass; a few days before the 1971 MLB season began, the Mets traded 1969 World Series hero Ron Swoboda, along with minor leaguer Rich Hacker, to the Expos, in exchange for the young outfielder.Hahn emerged as the starting center fielder for the pennant-winning Mets of 1973. Hahn started all 12 games for the Mets during post-season play. Earlier in '73, in July, Hahn was involved in a brutal collision in the outfield with left fielder George Theodore, which resulted in a dislocated hip for Theodore.After the 1974 MLB season, Hahn was traded to the Phillies, along with relief pitcher Tug McGraw and fellow outfielder Dave Schneck. The Phillies sent catcher John Stearns, relief pitcher Mac Scarce, and outfielder Del Unser to the Mets.Gary Neibauer
Gary Wayne Neibauer (born October 29, 1944) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies from 1969–1973. Appearing primarily as a relief pitcher, Neibauer went 4–8 during his Major League career with a 4.78 earned run average (ERA).Born and raised in Billings, Montana, Neibauer eventually relocated to Nebraska, along with his family. At the University of Nebraska, he earned a varsity letter in four sports. Neibauer was drafted in both the regular and secondary phases of the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft by the Cleveland Indians and Braves, respectively, and he signed with Atlanta after failing to sign a contract with Cleveland. In 1966 and 1967, he pitched for the Austin Braves of the Texas League, before gaining a promotion to the International League's Richmond Braves in the latter year. The Braves promoted Neibauer again in 1969, this time to the Major Leagues; he made his first career appearance on April 12 in a game against the Cincinnati Reds. In his first Major League season, Neibauer pitched in 29 games and had a 1–2 win–loss record and 3.90 ERA in 57⅔ innings pitched. In addition, he threw in one game during the 1969 National League Championship Series.After 21 more appearances over the next three seasons, the Braves traded him to the Phillies as part of a four-player deal; he pitched nine times for Philadelphia before his release in June 1973. Atlanta signed him, and in his last Major League season he posted a 2–1 record and 7.17 ERA in 17 games. Neibauer spent the 1974 season with Richmond, winning seven of ten decisions and recording a 4.26 ERA. Following his playing career, Neibauer became a mortgage broker, after a stint as a Texas Rangers scout. He later joined a committee of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, helping to increase the number of former players who receive pensions.Gary Ryerson
Gary Lawrence Ryerson (born June 17, 1948 at Los Angeles) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher. Ryerson was drafted in the thirteenth round of the 1966 Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants. In 1971, Ryerson was traded along with minor league player Wes Scott to the Milwaukee Brewers for John Morris. During his time with the Brewers, Ryerson played parts of two seasons at the Major League level. In 1973, he was traded along with Ollie Brown, Joe Lahoud, Skip Lockwood, and Ellie Rodríguez to the California Angels for Steve Barber, Ken Berry, Art Kusnyer, Clyde Wright, and cash. Later that year, Ryerson was selected by the Giants in the Rule 5 draft, but never played at the Major League level with the organization.John Gamble (baseball)
John Robert Gamble (born February 10, 1948) is a former professional baseball shortstop. He played in 13 games in two seasons for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. He was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers and acquired by the Tigers in the 1970 Rule V Draft.John Noriega
John Alan Noriega (December 20, 1943 – September 29, 2001) was an American professional baseball player, a right-handed pitcher who played in 13 Major League Baseball games for the 1969–1970 Cincinnati Reds. Born in Ogden, Utah, he stood 6 feet 4 inches (1.93 m) tall and weighed 185 pounds (84 kg).
Noriega was born in Ogden, Utah to John (Jack) Noriega and Marion (Evertson) Noriega. He graduated from Davis High School in Kaysville, Utah, where he was an all-state pitcher and in basketball was a member of the 1961 state title-winning team.
He received scholarship offers from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, which is where he went. He married Barbara Tidwell on October 1, 1965.Selected by the Reds out of the University of Utah in the fourth round of the 1966 Major League Baseball draft (62nd overall), Noriega's Major League career (all as a relief pitcher) came in two bursts: five games in May 1969 and four games each in July and August 1970. During the latter season, the first year of the Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" dynasty, Noriega was primarily used in middle relief during the midsummer. In one notable appearance, on August 6 against the San Francisco Giants, he threw 6⅔ innings of long relief, allowing only two runs. His MLB season and career ended three days later, and he was not on the Reds' 1970 postseason squad. All told, he allowed 37 hits and 13 bases on balls with 10 strikeouts in 25⅔ MLB innings.
Noriega's career in minor league baseball lasted for six seasons (1966–1971) and 229 games played.After baseball, he worked for 25 years as a recreation therapist for Davis County Mental Health. In 1998 he founded the nonprofit organization HITE (High Impact Teaching Empowerment).
John Noriega died of a stroke at age 57 on September 29, 2001 in Layton, Utah. He was survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara; sons John and David; daughter Kari; son-in-law Brandon Hatch; daughters-in-law Heidi and Sharlena; and six grandchildren (and one was on the way). He is buried in Kaysville.Ken Frailing
Kenneth Douglas Frailing (born January 19, 1948) is an American former professional baseball player, a left-handed pitcher who appeared in 116 Major League games for the Chicago White Sox (1972–1973) and Chicago Cubs (1974–1976).
Drafted by the White Sox in the fifth round of the 1966 Major League Baseball draft after graduating from Marion High School, the 6 ft (1.8 m), 190 lb (86 kg) Frailing spent seven seasons in the ChiSox farm system before his recall in the closing weeks of the 1972 season. He appeared in four games as a relief pitcher that year, then ten more in 1973 during a year largely spent with the Triple-A Iowa Oaks. However, his success in the minor leagues that season — he won 11 of 14 decisions with a stellar 2.86 earned run average and was named to the official American Association All-Star Team — attracted the attention of the crosstown Cubs, who asked that Frailing be included in the blockbuster Ron Santo trade that off-season.
Frailing made the 1974 Cubs' Major League roster and appeared in 55 games in as a "swing" man, making 16 starts and compiling a 6–9 record and a 3.88 earned run average in 125⅓ innings pitched. On May 27, he registered his only MLB complete game, a 12–4 triumph over the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field, despite surrendering 15 hits. Notably, though, Frailing helped his own cause as a batter that day, with three hits in four at bats and three runs batted in. Frailing made 41 more appearances for the Cubs, all in relief, in 1975, but his ERA ballooned to 5.43. He began 1976 in promising fashion, with only one earned run allowed in his first 14⅔ innings pitched, but a lingering shoulder injury shut him down and effectively ended his career. He pitched in only 16 games in 1976 and 15 in 1977, all but six of them in the minor leagues, and retired as an active player after the 1978 season.
During his MLB career, Frailing made 19 starts and 97 relief appearances. He allowed 252 hits and 82 bases on balls, with 136 strikeouts, in 218⅓ innings pitched. He compiled a 10–16 (3.96) record with two saves.Ken Reynolds
Kenneth Lee Reynolds (born January 4, 1947) is an American former professional baseball player who had a six-year career in Major League Baseball between 1970 and 1976. The left-handed pitcher appeared in 103 games for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Padres of the National League, and the Milwaukee Brewers, then members of the American League. He began his career as a starting pitcher and ended as a reliever. His MLB appearances were almost evenly split between starting (51) and bullpen assignments (52).
Born in Trevose, Pennsylvania, Reynolds graduated from Marlborough High School (Massachusetts), and attended New Mexico Highlands University. He was selected by the Phillies in the fourth round of the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft and was listed as 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and 180 pounds (82 kg).
Reynolds had a good minor-league career, posting a 117–89 won–lost record and a 3.65 career earned run average in 282 games over 12 seasons. But he failed to carry over that success to the major leagues. He lost 29 of his 36 MLB-career decisions (yielding a poor .269 winning percentage), although he played largely for losing teams. In 1972, he lost 15 games and won only two while a member of the last-place Phillies, who dropped 97 of their 156 games played during that strike-shortened season. He lost 12 straight decisions from the start of 1972, tying a National League record. That campaign was Reynolds' last full year in the majors; he split the 1973, 1975 and 1976 seasons between the big leagues and the minors. In 3752⁄3 total MLB innings pitched, he surrendered 370 hits and 196 bases on balls, with 197 strikeouts. His total pro career lasted for 14 years (1966–1979).
After retiring from the mound, Reynolds was a minor league pitching coach in the Toronto Blue Jays' and Chicago Cubs' organizations. He then returned to his alma mater, coaching baseball and teaching physical education and project adventure at Marlborough High School. He is now retired.Mark Schaeffer
Mark Philip Schaeffer (born June 5, 1948) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the San Diego Padres in 1972. He batted and threw left-handed.
Schaeffer was born in Santa Monica, California and attended Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda, California. He was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the second round of the 1966 Major League Baseball draft. Schaeffer made his major league debut on April 18, 1972 at the age of 23 with the San Diego Padres.Matt Galante
Matthew Joseph Galante (born March 22, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York) is a former minor League baseball infielder and Major League coach and acting manager. The 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m), 157 lb (71 kg) Galante attended St. John's University and was selected as the 833rd and final pick of the 1966 Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees.Mike Jorgensen
Michael Jorgensen (born August 16, 1948) is an American former professional baseball first baseman and outfielder who currently works in the St. Louis Cardinals' front office. The New York Mets drafted him in the fourth round of the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft. In a 17-year Major League Baseball (MLB) playing career spanning from 1968 to 1985, he played primarily with the Mets and Montreal Expos and had brief stints with the Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics. He also has served as a manager for the Cardinals.Ron Schueler
Ronald Richard Schueler (born April 18, 1948) is an American former professional baseball pitcher, pitching coach, general manager, and scout. Over the course of his eight-year playing career in Major League Baseball (MLB), Scheuler played for the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, and Chicago White Sox.
Schueler graduated from Hays High School, where he played baseball and basketball, then went on to attend Fort Hays State University, before first being drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates (but did not sign), in the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft; he was then selected by the Braves (and signed), in the 1967 Major League Baseball Draft. From 1991 to 2000, Schueler's White Sox teams had regular season win-loss totals of 817–729, while winning two division championships, with a 2–7 record in two postseason appearances.Steve Chilcott
Steven Lynn Chilcott (born September 23, 1948) is an American former professional baseball player. He played in minor league baseball as a catcher from 1966 to 1972. Chilcott was chosen as the first overall selection in the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft, one spot ahead of Reggie Jackson. He is one of only 3 players (Brien Taylor and Mark Appel) to be drafted first overall and never play in the major leagues.Steve Hovley
Stephen Eugene Hovley (born December 18, 1944) is a retired American professional baseball player whose career extended for eight seasons, including all or parts of five years in Major League Baseball for the Seattle Pilots/Milwaukee Brewers (1969–70), Oakland Athletics (1970–71) and Kansas City Royals (1972–73). An outfielder, he threw and batted left-handed, stood 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 188 pounds (85 kg).
Born in Ventura, California, Hovley attended Stanford University and was selected by the California Angels in the 35th round of the 1966 Major League Baseball Draft. After two seasons in the Angels' farm system, he was chosen by the Pilots in the 1968 Major League Baseball expansion draft—also with the 35th pick. The Pilots loaned Hovley to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings for the first two months of their inaugural 1969 season before recalling him in June. In his third big-league game, Hovley collected three hits against his former team, the Angels, on June 27. His hot start in the Majors continued for his first two-dozen games, as he reached a season-high .352 batting average on July 24, with ten multi-hit games. But Hovley eventually cooled off and he ended the year with a .277 batting mark in 91 games played. He was a roommate of veteran pitcher Jim Bouton's, whose diary of the 1969 season, Ball Four, became a national sensation a year later. Hovley, like Bouton, was a non-conformist in the baseball world; according to Bouton, other players nicknamed Hovley "Orbie," shorthand for "Orbit."The following season, in 1970, the Pilots moved to Wisconsin as the Brewers, and in their first-ever home game at Milwaukee County Stadium on April 7, Hovley had three hits in three at bats off the Angels' Andy Messersmith; but the rest of the Brewers could collect only one more safety and the team fell, 12–0. Hovley got into 40 games and batted .281 before being traded to Oakland on June 11 for Al Downing and Tito Francona. Relegated to part-time duty with the A's, Hovley hit only .173 in 141 at bats, was sent to Triple-A in 1971, and then acquired by the Royals in the Rule 5 draft. He then played two years as the Royals' fourth outfielder, appearing in 105 and 104 games, to close out his Major League career with 263 hits (39 doubles, five triples and eight home runs) and a .258 batting average in 436 games played.Vern Geishert
Vernon William Geishert (born January 10, 1946) is an American former professional baseball player. A 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), 215 lb (98 kg) right-handed pitcher, he appeared in 11 Major League Baseball games for the California Angels in 1969.
Geishert was drafted by the Angels in the second round of the January 1966 Major League Baseball Draft out of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After his fourth minor league campaign, he was recalled in August 1969. In his debut against the Cleveland Indians, he entered the game in relief of starting pitcher Steve Kealey in the third inning. The Angels were leading, 4–2, but the Indians were rallying and the bases were loaded. Geishert got Vern Fuller on a fly ball out, and went on to pitch four full innings of three-hit relief to earn the eventual 8–4 victory in his first MLB game. He appeared in ten more games over the final weeks of the 1969 season, including three starting assignments. He gave up 32 hits and seven bases on balls in 31 total innings pitched with 18 strikeouts. He was credited with one save.
During the off-season, Geshert was included in a major interleague trade, going to the Cincinnati Reds with starting pitcher Jim McGlothlin and reliever Pedro Borbón for hard-hitting outfielder Alex Johnson and infielder Chico Ruiz. But Geishert never appeared in an MLB game for Cincinnati, spending two seasons at the Triple-A level before leaving the game.
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