1987 Oakland Athletics season

1987 Oakland Athletics season

The Oakland Athletics' 1987 season involved the A's finishing 3rd in the American League West with a record of 81 wins and 81 losses. Mark McGwire set a rookie record by hitting 49 home runs.[1] At the beginning of the season, the word "Athletics" returned, in script lettering, to the front of the team's jerseys. Former A’s owner, Charles O. Finley banned the word "Athletics" from the club's name in the past because he felt that name was too closely associated with former Philadelphia Athletics owner Connie Mack. In his first full Major League season, Mark McGwire hit 49 home runs, a single-season record for a rookie; he was named the American League Rookie of the Year. McGwire would be the first American League rookie since Al Rosen of the Cleveland Indians in 1950 to lead the American League in home runs.[2] The 1987 season also saw the return of Reggie Jackson to Oakland.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB
Minnesota Twins 85 77 .525 --
Kansas City Royals 83 79 .512 2
Oakland Athletics 81 81 .500 4
Seattle Mariners 78 84 .481 7
Chicago White Sox 77 85 .475 8
Texas Rangers 75 87 .463 10
California Angels 75 87 .463 10

Opening Day starters

  • Jose Canseco
  • Mike Davis
  • Alfredo Griffin
  • Reggie Jackson
  • Carney Lansford
  • Mark McGwire
  • Dwayne Murphy
  • Tony Phillips
  • Dave Stewart
  • Mickey Tettleton[8]

Notable transactions

Draft picks

All-Star Game

The 1987 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 58th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 14, 1987 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California, the home of the Oakland Athletics of the American League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 2-0 in 13 innings. Montreal Expos outfielder Tim Raines was named the Most Valuable Player.

Roster

1987 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

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 R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Terry Steinbach 122 391 66 111 .284 16 56 1
1B Mark McGwire 151 557 97 161 .289 49 118 1
2B Tony Phillips 111 379 48 91 .240 10 46 7
3B Carney Lansford 151 554 89 160 .289 19 76 27
SS Alfredo Griffin 144 494 69 130 .263 3 60 26
LF José Canseco 159 630 81 162 .257 31 113 15
CF Dwayne Murphy 82 219 39 51 .233 8 35 4
RF Mike Davis 139 494 69 131 .265 22 72 19
DH Reggie Jackson 115 336 42 74 .220 15 43 2
[19]

Other batters

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Luis Polonia 125 435 78 125 .287 4 49 29
Tony Bernazard 61 214 34 57 .266 3 19 4
Mickey Tettleton 82 211 19 41 .194 8 26 1
Stan Javier 81 151 22 28 .185 2 9 3
Mike Gallego 72 124 18 31 .250 2 14 0
Steve Henderson 46 114 14 33 .289 3 9 0
Ron Cey 45 104 12 23 .221 4 11 0
Walt Weiss 16 26 3 12 .462 0 1 1
Johnnie LeMaster 20 24 3 2 .083 0 1 0
Rob Nelson 7 24 1 4 .167 0 0 0
Brian Harper 11 17 1 4 .235 0 3 0
Jerry Willard 7 6 1 1 .167 0 0 0
Alejandro Sánchez 2 3 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Matt Sinatro 6 3 0 0 .000 0 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA CG SO
Dave Stewart 37 261.3 20 13 3.68 8 205
Curt Young 31 203.0 13 7 4.08 6 124
José Rijo 21 82.3 2 7 5.90 1 67
Joaquín Andújar 13 60.7 3 5 6.08 1 32
Moose Haas 9 40.7 2 2 5.75 0 13
Storm Davis 5 30.3 1 1 3.26 0 28
Chris Codiroli 3 11.3 0 2 8.74 0 4
[19]

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Steve Ontiveros 35 150.7 10 8 4.00 97
Eric Plunk 32 95.0 4 6 4.74 90
Rick Honeycutt 7 23.7 1 4 5.32 10

Relief pitchers

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Dennis Eckersley 54 115.7 6 8 16 3.03 113
Nelson, GeneGene Nelson 54 123.7 6 5 3 3.93 94
Dave Leiper 45 52.3 2 1 1 3.78 33
Jay Howell 36 44.3 3 4 16 5.89 35
Dennis Lamp 36 56.7 1 3 0 5.08 36
Greg Cadaret 29 39.7 6 2 0 4.54 30
Rick Rodriguez 15 24.3 1 0 0 2.96 9
Bill Caudill 6 8.0 0 0 1 9.00 8
Dave Otto 3 6.0 0 0 0 9.00 3
Dave Von Ohlen 4 6.0 0 0 0 7.50 3
Bill Krueger 9 5.7 0 3 0 9.53 2
Gary Lavelle 6 4.3 0 0 0 8.31 6

Awards and records

  • Mark McGwire, American League Rookie of the Year
  • Mark McGwire, Rookie Record, Most Home Runs in One Season (49)

1987 MLB All-Star Game

  • Mark McGwire, First Base

McGwire’s rookie record 49 home runs

Home Run Game Date Inning Location Opposing Pitcher Team
1 4 October 4, 1987 7th Oakland Donnie Moore[20] Angels
2 15 04-21-1987 4th Oakland Urbano Lugo[21] Angels
3 18 04-25-1987 3rd Oakland Scott Bankhead[22] Mariners
4 22 04-29-1987 2nd Oakland Ted Higuera[23] Brewers
5 24 January 5, 1987 3rd Oakland Walt Terrell[24] Tigers
6 29 August 5, 1987 4th Detroit Frank Tanana[25] Tigers
7 29 August 5, 1987 8th Detroit Frank Tanana[25] Tigers
8 30 September 5, 1987 6th Detroit Eric King[26] Tigers
9 31 October 5, 1987 2nd Detroit Jack Morris[27] Tigers
10 31 October 5, 1987 4th Detroit Jack Morris[27] Tigers
11 35 05-16-1987 1st Oakland Jimmy Key[28] Blue Jays
12 37 05-18-1987 7th Oakland Tim Stoddard[29] Yankees
13 38 05-19-1987 3rd Oakland Dennis Rasmussen[30] Yankees
14 39 05-20-1987 2nd Oakland Charles Hudson[31] Yankees
15 41 05-23-1987 2nd Oakland Mike Boddicker[32] Orioles
16 42 05-24-1987 2nd Oakland Jeff Ballard[33] Orioles
17 44 05-27-1987 4th Toronto Joe Johnson[34] Blue Jays
18 48 05-31-1987 2nd New York Tommy John[35] Yankees
19 48 05-31-1987 7th New York Tommy John[35] Yankees
20 59 06-13-1987 4th Arlington Stadium Ed Correa[36] Rangers
21 61 06-15-1987 4th Kansas City Charlie Leibrandt [37] Royals
22 66 06-21-1987 8th Oakland Jose Guzman[38] Rangers
23 72 06-27-1987 1st Cleveland Ken Schrom[39] Indians
24 72 06-27-1987 5th Cleveland Ed Vande Berg[39] Indians
25 72 06-27-1987 9th Cleveland Scott Bailes[39] Indians
26 73 06-28-1987 4th Cleveland Tom Candiotti[40] Indians
27 73 06-28-1987 7th Cleveland Tom Candiotti[40] Indians
28 75 06-30-1987 1st Chicago Scott Nielsen[41] White Sox
29 79 April 7, 1987 5th Boston Bruce Hurst[42] Red Sox
30 80 May 7, 1987 4th Boston Oil Can Boyd[43] Red Sox
31 83 August 7, 1987 6th Oakland Jeff Robinson[44] Tigers
32 86 November 7, 1987 2nd Oakland Bill Wegman[45] Brewers
33 86 November 7, 1987 8th Oakland Dan Plesac[45] Brewers
34 89 07-17-1987 10th Boston Calvin Schiraldi[46] Red Sox
35 93 07-21-1987 10th Detroit Eric King[47] Tigers
36 94 07-22-1987 8th Detroit Mark Thurmond[48] Tigers
37 101 07-29-1987 4th Oakland Don Sutton[49] Angels
38 113 November 8, 1987 7th Seattle Mike Moore[50] Mariners
39 115 08-14-1987 6th Anaheim Don Sutton[51] Angels
40 129 08-29-1987 10th Toronto Mark Eichhorn[52] Blue Jays
41 134 April 9, 1987 5th Baltimore Mike Boddicker [53] Orioles
42 136 June 9, 1987 2nd Baltimore Jon Habyan[54] Orioles
43 142 December 9, 1987 2nd Oakland Charlie Leibrandt[55] Royals
44 145 09-15-1987 4th Arlington Stadium Greg Harris[56] Rangers
45 145 09-15-1987 6th Arlington Stadium Greg Harris[56] Rangers
46 148 09-19-1987 1st Kansas City Melido Perez[57] Royals
47 153 09-24-1987 9th Oakland Scott Bannister[58] White Sox
48 154 09-25-1987 9th Oakland Bobby Thigpen[59] White Sox
49 157 09-29-1987 1st Oakland John Farrell[60] Indians

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Tigers Pacific Coast League Keith Lieppman
AA Huntsville Stars Southern League Brad Fischer
A Modesto A's California League Tommie Reynolds
A Madison Muskies Midwest League Jim Nettles
Short-Season A Medford A's Northwest League Dave Hudgens

References

  • 1987 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1987 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com