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1964 Kansas City Athletics season

1964 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 and Mel McGaha
    Local television KCMO
    Local radio KCMO (AM)
    (Monte Moore, George Bryson, Betty Caywood)
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    The 1964 Kansas City Athletics season was the tenth for the franchise in Kansas City and the 64th overall. It involved the A's finishing 10th in the American League with a record of 57 wins and 105 losses, 42 games behind the American League Champion New York Yankees.

    Offseason

    In January 1964, Charles O. Finley signed an agreement to move the A’s to Louisville, promising to change the team's name to the "Kentucky Athletics".[1] (Other names suggested for the team were the "Kentucky Colonels" and the "Louisville Sluggers.") By another 9–1 vote his request was denied.[2] Six weeks later, by the same 9–1 margin, the A.L. owners denied Finley's request to move the team to Oakland, where the team would eventually move a few years later.

    • On February 23, 1964, Charlie Finley had signed a four year lease to remain in Kansas City. The club would pay no rent on the stadium but the city would get 5% on admission and 7.5% on concessions. The clause was that if the club could not reach a paid attendance of 575,000 fans, then the club owed nothing.[3]

    Notable transactions

    Regular season

    • The club set a franchise record by hitting 107 home runs during home games. The pitching staff also gave up 132 home runs during home games. At the time, it was a major league record.[7]
    • Draft pick Catfish Hunter was not able to pitch in 1964. He was sent to the Mayo Clinic, as surgeons worked on his right foot. Hunter recovered at Charlie Finley's farm in Lapointe, Indiana.[8]
    • Bert Campaneris made his Major League Debut on July 23, 1964. In his debut, he hit two HRs off Jim Kaat.[9]
    • On September 17, 1964, the Beatles played in Kansas City. Charlie Finley promoted the concert and had a photo of himself in a Beatles wig printed on the back of all concert tickets.[11] It was the only concert on the Beatles tour that did not sell out.[12]

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    New York Yankees 99 63 .611 --
    Chicago White Sox 98 64 .605 1
    Baltimore Orioles 97 65 .599 2
    Detroit Tigers 85 77 .525 14
    Los Angeles Angels 82 80 .506 17
    Cleveland Indians 79 83 .488 20
    Minnesota Twins 79 83 .488 20
    Boston Red Sox 72 90 .444 27
    Washington Senators 62 100 .383 37
    Kansas City Athletics 57 105 .352 42

    Notable transactions

    • June 8, 1964: Catfish Hunter was signed as an amateur free agent by the Athletics.[13]
    • June 13, 1964: Joe Rudi was signed as an amateur free agent by the Athletics.[14]

    Roster

    1964 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 97 294 66 .224 5 28
    1B Gentile, JimJim Gentile 136 439 110 .251 28 71
    2B Green, DickDick Green 130 435 115 .264 11 37
    3B Charles, EdEd Charles 150 557 134 .241 16 63
    SS Causey, WayneWayne Causey 157 604 170 .281 8 49
    LF Jiménez, MannyManny Jiménez 95 204 46 .225 12 38
    CF Mathews, NelsonNelson Mathews 157 573 137 .239 14 60
    RF Colavito, RockyRocky Colavito 160 588 161 .274 34 102

    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
    Tartabull, JoséJosé Tartabull 104 100 20 .200 0 3

    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
    Odom, Blue MoonBlue Moon Odom 5 17 1 2 10.06 10

    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

    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 81 9 8 20 3.59 74
    Bowsfield, TedTed Bowsfield 50 4 7 0 4.10 45
    Aker, JackJack Aker 9 0 1 0 8.82 7

    Farm system

    • The A's scouts had signed 80 prospects for $650,000, at the time, the most money spent on prospects in one year.[9]
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    References

    1. ^ "Finley Signs Contract to Transfer Athletics to Louisville". New York Times. January 6, 1964. Retrieved April 29, 2008. 
    2. ^ John Drebinger (January 18, 1964). "Finley Will Open in Kansas City, But Promises Court Action Soon". New York Times. 
    3. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.73, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
    4. ^ Sammy Esposito page at Baseball Reference
    5. ^ Norm Siebern page at Baseball Reference
    6. ^ John Donaldson page at Baseball Reference
    7. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.75, 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.81, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
    9. ^ a b Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.79, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
    10. ^ Blue Moon Odom page at Baseball Reference
    11. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.76, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
    12. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.77, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
    13. ^ Catfish Hunter page at Baseball Reference
    14. ^ Joe Rudi page at Baseball Reference

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