1969 Oakland Athletics season

1969 Oakland Athletics season

The 1969 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's compiling a record of 88 wins and 74 losses. With its expansion to 12 teams in 1969, the American League had been divided into two 6-team divisions. In their first year in the newly established American League West, the Athletics finished second, nine games behind the Minnesota Twins. It was the first time they had finished in the first division since 1952. Paid attendance for the season was 778,232.[1]

Offseason

Regular season

  • Reggie Jackson hit 47 home runs in 1969, and was briefly ahead of the pace that Roger Maris set when he broke the single-season record for home runs with 61 in 1961, and that of Babe Ruth when he set the previous record of 60 in 1927.
  • The club ranked second in the American League Western division. With 13 games left in the season, Hank Bauer was replaced as Field Manager by John McNamara. McNamara compiled a won loss record of 8-5 to help the A’s finish with 88 wins and 74 losses. An improved of six wins compared to the past season.

Season standings

AL West W L GB Pct.
Minnesota Twins 97 65 -- .599
Oakland Athletics 88 74 9.0 .543
California Angels 71 91 26.0 .438
Kansas City Royals 69 93 28.0 .426
Chicago White Sox 68 94 29.0 .420
Seattle Pilots 64 98 33.0 .395

Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Round 1: Don Stanhouse (9th pick).[6]
Round 2: Tommy Sandt
Round 3: Steve Lawson
Round 6: Jim Sundberg (did not sign)[7]
Round 8: Glenn Abbott
Round 13: John Stearns (did not sign)
Round 19: Charlie Chant

Reggie Jackson

In the offseason, Jackson demanded a salary increase from $10,000 to $25,000. Jackson would settle at $20,000. Reggie Jackson hit two home runs versus the Washington Senators, with President Richard Nixon in the crowd.[9] By July 1, the A’s had played in 71 games and Jackson had hit 30 home runs, 62 RBI, .287 batting average and a 1.145 OPS.[10] On July 2, Reggie Jackson would hit three home runs versus the Seattle Pilots to raise his season total to 34 home runs. He was on pace to break the home run record set by Roger Maris eight years earlier. By the end of July, Jackson had 40 home runs but he only hit 5 home runs in August. In September, Jackson was hospitalized with a skin rash and was only able to hit 2 home runs.[11] Jackson still managed to lead the American League with 123 runs scored.[12]

Roster

1969 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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 106 247 58 .235 2 19
1B Cater, DannyDanny Cater 152 584 153 .262 10 76
2B Green, DickDick Green 136 483 133 .275 12 64
3B Bando, SalSal Bando 162 609 171 .281 31 113
SS Campaneris, BertBert Campaneris 135 547 142 .260 2 25
LF Reynolds, TommieTommie Reynolds 107 315 81 .257 2 20
CF Monday, RickRick Monday 122 399 108 .271 12 54
RF Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson 152 549 151 .275 47 118

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
Kubiak, TedTed Kubiak 92 305 76 .249 2 27
Tartabull, JoséJosé Tartabull 75 266 71 .267 0 11
Hershberger, MikeMike Hershberger 51 129 26 .202 1 10
Duncan, DaveDave Duncan 58 127 16 .126 3 22
Rudi, JoeJoe Rudi 35 122 23 .189 2 6
Haney, LarryLarry Haney 53 86 13 .151 2 12
Francona, TitoTito Francona 32 85 29 .341 3 20
Brooks, BobbyBobby Brooks 29 79 19 .241 3 10
Webster, RayRay Webster 64 77 20 .260 1 13
Johnson, BobBob Johnson 51 67 23 .343 1 9
Tenace, GeneGene Tenace 16 38 6 .158 1 2
Pagliaroni, JimJim Pagliaroni 14 27 4 .148 1 2
McNulty, BillBill McNulty 5 17 0 .000 0 0
Donaldson, JohnJohn Donaldson 12 13 1 .077 0 0
La Russa, TonyTony La Russa 8 8 0 .000 0 0
Nossek, JoeJoe Nossek 13 6 0 .000 0 0
Lewis, AllanAllan Lewis 12 1 0 .000 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
Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter 38 247 12 15 3.35 150
Dobson, ChuckChuck Dobson 35 235.1 15 13 3.86 137
Odom, Blue MoonBlue Moon Odom 32 231.1 15 6 2.92 150
Nash, JimJim Nash 26 115.1 8 8 3.67 75

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 43 140 7 7 4.44 85
Lauzerique, GeorgeGeorge Lauzerique 19 61.1 3 4 4.70 39
Blue, VidaVida Blue 12 42 1 1 6.64 24
Talbot, FredFred Talbot 12 19 1 2 5.21 9

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
Fingers, RollieRollie Fingers 60 6 7 12 3.71 61
Lindblad, PaulPaul Lindblad 60 9 6 9 4.14 64
Roland, JimJim Roland 39 5 1 1 2.19 48
Lachemann, MarcelMarcel Lachemann 28 4 1 2 3.95 16
Sprague, EdEd Sprague 27 1 1 2 4.47 20
Wyatt, JohnJohn Wyatt 4 0 1 0 5.40 5
Pizarro, JuanJuan Pizarro 3 1 1 1 2.35 4

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Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Oaks American Association Jimmy Williams
AA Birmingham A's Southern League Gus Niarhos
A Lodi Crushers California League Billy Klaus and Eli Grba
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Roy Sievers
Short-Season A Tri-City A's Northwest League Billy Herman

References

External links

  • 1969 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1969 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com