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1966 Kansas City Athletics season

1966 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) Alvin Dark
    Local television KCMO
    Local radio KCMO (AM)
    (Monte Moore, Lynn Faris)
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    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]

    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
    Baltimore Orioles 97 63 .606 --
    Minnesota Twins 89 73 .549 9
    Detroit Tigers 88 74 .543 10
    Chicago White Sox 83 79 .512 15
    Cleveland Indians 81 81 .500 17
    California Angels 80 82 .494 18
    Kansas City Athletics 74 86 .463 23
    Washington Senators 71 88 .447 25.5
    Boston Red Sox 72 90 .444 26
    New York Yankees 70 89 .440 26.5

    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 Roof, PhilPhil 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
    Cater, DannyDanny Cater 116 425 124 .292 7 52
    Tartabull, JoséJosé Tartabull 37 127 30 .236 0 4
    Causey, WayneWayne Causey 28 79 18 .228 0 5
    Bryan, BillyBilly Bryan 32 76 10 .132 0 7
    Jiménez, MannyManny Jiménez 13 35 4 .114 0 1
    Donaldson, JohnJohn Donaldson 15 30 4 .133 0 1
    Stone, RonRon 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
    Dobson, ChuckChuck Dobson 14 83.2 4 6 4.09 61
    Talbot, FredFred 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
    Krausse, LewLew Krausse 36 177.2 14 9 2.99 87
    Terry, RalphRalph Terry 15 64 1 5 3.80 33
    Blanco, GilGil Blanco 11 38.1 2 4 4.70 21
    Edgerton, BillBill 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
    Aker, JackJack Aker 66 8 4 32 1.99 68
    Dickson, JimJim Dickson 24 1 0 1 5.35 20
    Wyatt, JohnJohn Wyatt 19 0 3 2 5.32 25
    Grilli, GuidoGuido Grilli 16 0 1 1 6.89 8
    Duckworth, JimJim Duckworth 8 0 2 1 9.00 10

    Farm system

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    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 page 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 page at Baseball Reference
    6. ^ Joe Rudi page 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 page at Baseball Reference
    10. ^ a b Diego Segui page at Baseball Reference
    11. ^ Danny Cater page at Baseball Reference
    12. ^ 1966 Kansas City Athletics Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
    13. ^ Reggie Jackson page at Baseball Reference
    14. ^ Kansas City Athletics Picks in the MLB August Legion Draft

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