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1969 Kansas City Royals season

1969 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Kansas City, Missouri (since 1969)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
    Manager(s) Joe Gordon
    Local television KMBC-TV
    Local radio KMBZ
    (Buddy Blattner, Denny Matthews
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    The 1969 Kansas City Royals season was the Royals' inaugural season. The team finished fourth in the newly established American League West with a record of 69 wins and 93 losses.

    Offseason

    A franchise is born

    The club's inception is connected to the Athletics franchise. On October 18, 1967, A.L. owners at last gave Charles O. Finley permission to move the Athletics to Oakland for the 1968 season. According to some reports, Joe Cronin promised Finley that he could move the team after the 1967 season as an incentive to sign the new lease with Municipal Stadium. The move came in spite of approval by voters in Jackson County, Missouri of a bond issue for a brand new baseball stadium (the eventual Kauffman Stadium) to be completed in 1973. When U.S. Senator Stuart Symington threatened to have baseball's antitrust exemption revoked, the owners responded with a hasty round of expansion. Kansas City was awarded an American League expansion team, the Royals. They were initially slated to begin play in 1971. However, Symington was not willing to have Kansas City wait three years for another team, and renewed his threat to have baseball's antitrust exemption revoked unless the teams began play in 1969. The owners complied.

    Expansion draft

    The 1968 Major League Baseball expansion draft for the Royals and the Seattle Pilots was held on October 15.

    Player Former Team Pick
    Roger Nelson[1] Baltimore Orioles 1st
    Joe Foy Boston Red Sox 4th
    Jim Rooker New York Yankees 6th
    Joe Keough Oakland A’s 8th
    Steve Jones Washington Senators 10th
    Jon Warden Detroit Tigers 12th
    Ellie Rodríguez New York Yankees 13th
    Dave Morehead Boston Red Sox 15th
    Mike Fiore Baltimore Orioles 17th
    Bob Oliver Minnesota Twins 19th
    Bill Butler Detroit Tigers 22nd
    Steve Whitaker New York Yankees 23rd
    Wally Bunker[2] Baltimore Orioles 25th
    Paul Schaal[3] California Angels 27th
    Dan Haynes Chicago White Sox 29th
    Dick Drago[4] Detroit Tigers 31st
    Pat Kelly Minnesota Twins 34th
    Billy Harris Cleveland Indians 36th
    Don O'Riley Oakland A’s 38th
    Al Fitzmorris Chicago White Sox 40th
    Moe Drabowsky Baltimore Orioles 42nd
    Jackie Hernández Minnesota Twins 43rd
    Mike Hedlund Cleveland Indians 45th
    Tom Burgmeier California Angels 47th
    Hoyt Wilhelm[5] Chicago White Sox 49th
    Jerry Adair Boston Red Sox 51st
    Jerry Cram Minnesota Twins 54th
    Fran Healy Cleveland Indians 56th
    Scott Northey Chicago White Sox 58th
    Ike Brookens Washington Senators 60th

    Other offseason transactions

    Regular season

    • May 4, 1969: Bob Oliver became the first Royal to collect six hits in a nine-inning game.[9]

    Opening Day starters

    Season standings

    Template:1969 AL West standings

    Notable transactions

    The first game

    Scorecard

    April 8, Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    Minnesota 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 12 1
    Kansas City 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 14 0
    W: Drabowsky (1–0)  L: Grzenda (0–1)  
    HRs: Nettles (1)

    Roster

    1969 Kansas City Royals
    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 Rodríguez, EllieEllie Rodríguez 95 267 63 .236 2 20
    1B Fiore, MikeMike Fiore 107 339 93 .274 12 35
    3B Foy, JoeJoe Foy 145 519 136 .262 11 71
    SS Hernández, JackieJackie Hernández 145 504 112 .222 4 40
    CF Oliver, BobBob Oliver 118 394 100 .254 13 43
    RF Kelly, PatPat Kelly 112 417 110 .264 8 32

    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
    Kirkpatrick, EdEd Kirkpatrick 120 315 81 .257 14 49
    Harrison, ChuckChuck Harrison 75 213 47 .221 3 18
    Schaal, PaulPaul Schaal 61 205 54 .263 1 13
    Keough, JoeJoe Keough 70 166 31 .187 0 7
    Paepke, DennisDennis Paepke 12 27 3 .111 0 0
    Harris, BillyBilly Harris 5 7 2 .286 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
    Bunker, WallyWally Bunker 35 222.2 12 11 3.23 130
    Butler, BillBill Butler 34 193.2 9 10 3.90 156
    Nelson, RogerRoger Nelson 29 193.1 7 13 3.31 82
    Rooker, JimJim Rooker 28 158.1 4 16 3.75 108

    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
    Drago, DickDick Drago 41 200.2 11 13 3.77 108
    Hedlund, MikeMike Hedlund 34 125 3 6 3.24 74
    Jones, SteveSteve Jones 20 44.2 2 3 4.23 31
    Cram, JerryJerry Cram 5 16.2 0 1 3.24 10

    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
    Drabowsky, MoeMoe Drabowsky 52 11 9 11 2.94 76
    Burgmeier, TomTom Burgmeier 31 3 1 0 4.17 23
    Morehead, DaveDave Morehead 21 2 3 0 5.73 32
    O'Riley, DonDon O'Riley 18 1 1 1 6.94 10
    Cisco, GalenGalen Cisco 15 1 1 1 3.63 18
    Fitzmorris, AlAl Fitzmorris 7 1 1 2 4.22 3

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Omaha

    Elmira affiliation shared with San Diego Padres

    Notes

    References

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