1964 Kansas City Athletics season

1964 Kansas City Athletics season

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]
Level Team League Manager
AAA Dallas Rangers Pacific Coast League John McNamara
AA Birmingham Barons Southern League Haywood Sullivan
A Daytona Beach Islanders Florida State League Grady Wilson, Bill Posedel
and Lew Krausse, Sr.
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Bill Robertson
A Lewiston Broncos Northwest League Bobby Hofman
Rookie Wytheville A's Appalachian League Gus Niarhos

References

External links

  • 1964 Kansas City Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1964 Kansas City Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com