1966 Kansas City Athletics season

1966 Kansas City Athletics season

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

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Mounties Pacific Coast League Mickey Vernon
AA Mobile Athletics Southern League John McNamara
A Modesto Reds California League Gus Niarhos
A Leesburg Athletics Florida State League Jimmy Williams
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Al Ronning
Short-Season A Lewiston Broncos Northwest League Grady Wilson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Mobile, Modesto, Leesburg

References

External links

  • 1966 Kansas City Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1966 Kansas City Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com