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1963 Kansas City Athletics season

1963 Kansas City Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Municipal Stadium (since 1955)
  • Kansas City, Missouri (since 1955)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Charles O. Finley
    Manager(s) Ed Lopat
    Local television KCMO
    Local radio KCMO (AM)
    (Monte Moore, George Bryson)
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    The 1963 Kansas City Athletics season was the ninth for the franchise in Kansas City and the 63rd overall. It involved the A's finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 73 wins and 89 losses, 31½ games behind the AL Champion New York Yankees. The 1963 season was also the first season in which the Athletics debuted their current color scheme of green and gold.

    Regular season

    • Owner Charlie Finley changed the team’s colors to Kelly green, Fort Knox Gold and Wedding Gown White, and replaced Connie Mack's elephant mascot with a Missouri mule — not just a cartoon logo, but a real mule, which he named after himself: "Charlie O, the Mule." In reading the Chicago Tribune, Charlie Finley read about the Missouri Mule, a mule which helped troops in World War I carry ammunition. Finley decided that a mule would become the club’s new mascot.[1]
    • He also began phasing out the team name "Athletics" in favor of simply, "A's." In June 1963, Bill Bryson wrote of the uniforms,
    Kelly green is the Athletics' accent color. It was more a nauseous green the players wore on their wholesome, clean-cut faces the first few times they had to appear in public looking like refugees from a softball league.[2]
    • Owner Charlie Finley was upset about his stadium deal with Kansas City. He had visited Dallas, Texas and Oakland, California as prospective places for relocation.[3] Finley also talked to Atlanta Journal sportswriter Furman Bisher about relocating the A's to Atlanta. Later in the season, Finley made threats of moving the club to Louisville, Kentucky and renaming the franchise the Kentucky Colonels.[4] As a sign of protest, Finley relocated the A's offices from the stadium to the garage of team scout J Bowman.[5]

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    New York Yankees 104 57 .646 --
    Chicago White Sox 94 68 .580 10.5
    Minnesota Twins 91 70 .565 13
    Baltimore Orioles 86 76 .531 18.5
    Cleveland Indians 79 83 .488 25.5
    Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 25.5
    Boston Red Sox 76 85 .472 28
    Kansas City Athletics 73 89 .451 31.5
    Los Angeles Angels 70 91 .435 34
    Washington Senators 56 106 .346 48.5

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1963 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 Edwards, DocDoc Edwards 71 240 60 .250 6 35

    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
    Howser, DickDick Howser 15 41 8 .195 0 1
    Azcue, JoeJoe Azcue 2 4 0 .000 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
    Drabowsky, MoeMoe Drabowsky 26 174.1 7 13 3.05 109

    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
    Bowsfield, TedTed Bowsfield 41 111.1 5 7 4.45 67
    Bass, NormNorm Bass 3 7.2 0 0 11.74 4

    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
    Wyatt, JohnJohn Wyatt 63 6 4 21 3.13 81

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    References

    1. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.88, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
    2. ^ Bryson, Bill (June 1963). "Whose Hues? A's colored uniforms recall varied suits of the past". Baseball Digest. pp. 33, 34. Retrieved June 3, 2009. 
    3. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.70, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
    4. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.71, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
    5. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.72, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
    6. ^ Joe Azcue page at Baseball-Reference
    7. ^ Sammy Esposito page at Baseball-Reference
    8. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1963as.shtml

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