1965 Kansas City Athletics season

1965 Kansas City Athletics season

The 1965 Kansas City Athletics season was the eleventh for the franchise in Kansas City and the 65th in its overall history. It involved the A's finishing 10th in the American League with a record of 59 wins and 103 losses, 43 games behind the American League Champion Minnesota Twins. The paid attendance for the season was 528,344, the lowest in the major leagues (and the lowest ever by the A's in Kansas City).[1] The club won 59 games, their worst showing since the A's moved to Kansas City.


Regular season

  • April 6, 1965: Hank Peters was named General Manager.[3]
  • The A's lost 21 of their first 26 games. On May 15, manager Mel McGaha was replaced by AAA manager Haywood Sullivan. At the age of 34, Sullivan was the youngest manager in the major leagues.[4]
  • Owner Charlie Finley steadily built up the team's farm system. He was assisted by the creation of the baseball draft in 1965, which forced young prospects to sign with the team that drafted them—at the price offered by the team—if they wanted to play professional baseball. Thus, Finley was spared from having to compete with wealthier teams for top talent. The Athletics, owners of the worst record in the American League in 1964, had the first pick in the first draft, selecting Rick Monday on June 8, 1965.


  • Club owner Charlie Finley had a pitchometer on the scoreboard. In an attempt to speed up the game, it was a way to measure the time a pitcher spent in between pitches thrown.[5] Finley installed a small zoo in the club picnic area to generate interest in the ball club with small children.
  • September 8, 1965: The Campy Camp Night promotion was held as Bert Campaneris played every position in the field.[6]
  • In a promotional move, Finley signed Satchel Paige on September 10,[7] 58 years old at the time, for one game. On September 25, against the Boston Red Sox, Finley invited several Negro League veterans, including Cool Papa Bell, to be introduced before the game. Paige was in the bullpen, sitting on a rocking chair, being served coffee by a “nurse” between innings.[8] He started the game by getting Jim Gosger out on a pop foul. The next man, Dalton Jones, reached first and went to second on an infield error, but was thrown out trying to reach third on a pitch in the dirt. Carl Yastrzemski doubled and Tony Conigliaro hit a fly ball to end the inning. The next six batters went down in order, including a strikeout of Bill Monbouquette. In the fourth inning, Paige took the mound, to be removed according to plan by Haywood Sullivan. He walked off to a boisterous ovation despite the small crowd of 9,000. The lights dimmed and, led by the PA announcer, the fans lit matches and cigarette lighters while singing "The Old Gray Mare."

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Minnesota Twins 102 60 .630 --
Chicago White Sox 95 67 .586 7
Baltimore Orioles 94 68 .580 8
Detroit Tigers 89 73 .549 13
Cleveland Indians 87 75 .537 15
New York Yankees 77 85 .475 25
California Angels 75 87 .463 27
Washington Senators 70 92 .432 32
Boston Red Sox 62 100 .383 40
Kansas City Athletics 59 103 .364 43

Notable transactions

Round 1: Rick Monday (1st pick). Player signed June 15, 1965.[13]
Round 2: Joe Keough [14]
Round 3: Bob Stinson (did not sign)
Round 4: Pete Koegel
Round 6: Sal Bando [15]
Round 7: Scott Reid (did not sign)
Round 10: George Lauzerique
Round 15: Bobby Brooks
Round 20: Gene Tenace
Round 28: Greg Garrett (did not sign)


1965 Kansas City Athletics
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


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
CF Landis, JimJim Landis 118 364 87 .239 3 36
RF Hershberger, MikeMike Hershberger 150 494 114 .231 5 48

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
Mathews, NelsonNelson Mathews 67 184 39 .212 2 15


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
Paige, SatchelSatchel Paige 1 3 0 0 0.00 1

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
Buschhorn, DonDon Buschhorn 12 31 0 1 4.35 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
Dickson, JimJim Dickson 68 3 2 0 3.47 54
Wyatt, JohnJohn Wyatt 65 2 6 18 3.25 70
Aker, JackJack Aker 34 4 3 3 3.16 26

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Mounties Pacific Coast League Haywood Sullivan and Bobby Hofman
AA Birmingham Barons Southern League John McNamara
A Leesburg Athletics Florida State League Tony Frulio
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Gus Niarhos
A Lewiston Broncos Northwest League Bobby Hofman, Bill Posedel and Al Ronning
A Shelby Rebels Western Carolinas League Wes Ferrell and Jimmy Williams



External links

  • 1965 Kansas City Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1965 Kansas City Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com