1967 Kansas City Athletics season

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1967 Kansas City Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Charles O. Finley
General manager(s) Ed Lopat
Manager(s) Alvin Dark, Luke Appling
Local television KCMO
Local radio KCMO (AM)
(Monte Moore, Lynn Faris)
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The 1967 Kansas City Athletics season involved the team's finishing 10th in the American League with a record of 62 wins and 99 losses, 29½ games behind the American League Champion Boston Red Sox. This was the franchise's 13th and final season in Kansas City. After the season, the team relocated from Kansas City to Oakland. This precipitated a series of events culminating in the enfranchisement of the Kansas City Royals in the 1969 Major League Baseball expansion.

The paid attendance for the season was 726,639 fans.[1]

Offseason

Round 1: Ken Hottman (did not sign)
Secondary Phase[4]
Round 5: Jim Panther .[5]
  • In the offseason, local millionaire Ewing Kauffman was approached by a group led by sportswriter Ernie Mehl to buy the club and ensure that it remained in Kansas City.[6]

Regular season

  • Despite an 18–18 start, the Athletics had a record of 35 wins compared to 49 losses by the All-Star Break.[7]
  • On June 9, Reggie Jackson debuted in the major leagues with the A's at home in a doubleheader shutout sweep of the Cleveland Indians. He started in right field and went hitless in three at-bats in the opener, then entered the nightcap in the fifth inning and promptly hit a lead-off triple off of long reliever Orlando Peña, but did not score.[8][9]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 92 70 0.568 49–32 43–38
Detroit Tigers 91 71 0.562 1 52–29 39–42
Minnesota Twins 91 71 0.562 1 52–29 39–42
Chicago White Sox 89 73 0.549 3 49–33 40–40
California Angels 84 77 0.522 53–30 31–47
Washington Senators 76 85 0.472 15½ 40–40 36–45
Baltimore Orioles 76 85 0.472 15½ 35–42 41–43
Cleveland Indians 75 87 0.463 17 36–45 39–42
New York Yankees 72 90 0.444 20 43–38 29–52
Kansas City Athletics 62 99 0.385 29½ 37–44 25–55


Record vs. opponents

1967 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY WSH
Baltimore 10–8 6–11 7–11 9–9 3–15 10–8 8–10 13–5 10–8
Boston 8–10 10–8 8–10 13–5 11–7 12–6 7–11 12–6 11–7
California 11–6 8–10 7–11 14–4 8–10 14–4 7–11 9–9 6–12
Chicago 11–7 10–8 11–7 12–6 8–10 8–10 9–9 12–6 8–10
Cleveland 9–9 5–13 4–14 6–12 8–10 11–7 10–8 9–9 13–5
Detroit 15–3 7–11 10–8 10–8 10–8 12–6 8–10–1 10–8 9–9
Kansas City 8–10 6–12 4–14 10–8 7–11 6–12 8–10 7–11 6–11
Minnesota 10–8 11–7 11–7 9–9 8–10 10–8–1 10–8 12–6–1 10–8
New York 5–13 6–12 9–9 6–12 9–9 8–10 11–7 6–12–1 12–6
Washington 8–10 7–11 12–6 10–8 5–13 9–9 11–6 8–10 6–12


Notable transactions

Round 2: Vida Blue[11]
Round 11: Eric Soderholm (did not sign)[12]
Secondary Phase:[13]
Round 4: Warren Bogle
Round 5: Ray Peters (did not sign)
Round 7: Darrell Evans [14]

Roster

1967 Kansas City 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
1B Webster, RayRay Webster 122 360 92 .258 11 51
2B Donaldson, JohnJohn Donaldson 105 377 104 .276 0 28

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
Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson 35 118 21 .300 28 78
Duncan, DaveDave Duncan 34 101 19 .188 5 11

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 32 197.2 10 10 3.69 110

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 48 160 7 17 4.28 96
Rodríguez, RobertoRoberto Rodríguez 15 40.1 1 1 3.57 29

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 57 3 8 12 4.30 65
Seguí, DiegoDiego Seguí 36 3 4 1 3.09 52
Duliba, BobBob Duliba 7 0 0 0 6.52 6

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Mounties Pacific Coast League Mickey Vernon
AA Birmingham A's Southern League John McNamara
A Peninsula Grays Carolina League Gus Niarhos
A Leesburg Athletics Florida State League Jimmy Williams
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Al Ronning
Rookie GCL A's Gulf Coast League Connie Ryan

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Birmingham, GCL A's

Awards and honors

  • Bert Campaneris led the American League in stolen bases for the third consecutive season.

Relocation

  • May 7, 1967: The New York Times and New York Daily News reported that the Athletics were prepared to relocate to Oakland, California.[15]
  • July 1967: The Sporting News reported that the Athletics had reached an agreement to relocate to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Athletics had obtained pledges for television and radio broadcasting rights with the sponsorship of Schlitz Brewery. The proposed move would require the support of seven of the ten American League owners. The league only had five votes in favour of the proposed relocation.[16]
  • August 1, 1967: The Governor of Washington State Dan Evans, and mayor of Seattle, J.D. Braman spoke to Finley on the phone to discuss the relocation of the team to Seattle.[17] Finley had met with city officials on August 7 to discuss a possible relocation.[18]
  • In September 1967, Finley had sent a telegram to city manager Carleton Sharpe, advising that the Athletics would leave Kansas City for Oakland.[19]
  • October 18, 1967: City officials from Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle were invited by Joe Cronin to discuss the A's relocation plans. United States Senator Stuart Symington attended the meeting and discussed the possibility of revoking baseball's antitrust exemption if the A's were allowed to leave Kansas City. The owners began deliberation and after the first ballot, only six owners were in favour of relocation. The owner of Baltimore voted against, while the ownership for Cleveland, New York and Washington had abstained.[20] In the second ballot, the New York Yankees voted in favour of the Athletics' relocation to Oakland. To appease all interested parties, the Athletics announced that MLB would expand to Kansas City and Seattle no later than the 1971 MLB season.[21]

References

  1. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.109, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  2. ^ Manny Jiménez page at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ 1967 Kansas City Athletics Picks in the MLB January Amateur Draft
  4. ^ 1967 Kansas City Athletics Picks in the MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase
  5. ^ Jim Panther page at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, pp.98–99, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  7. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.99, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  8. ^ "A's smear Tribe with whitewash". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. June 10, 1967. p. 17. 
  9. ^ "Kansas City Athletics 6, Cleveland Indians 0". Bases Produced. June 9, 1967. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  10. ^ 1967 Kansas City Athletics Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
  11. ^ Vida Blue page at Baseball-Reference
  12. ^ Eric Soderholm page at Baseball-Reference
  13. ^ 1967 Kansas City Athletics Picks in the MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase
  14. ^ Darrell Evans page at Baseball-Reference
  15. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.100, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  16. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.102, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  17. ^ Seattle wants A's
  18. ^ Finley checks Seattle, Says he's pleased
  19. ^ Finley takes first step to move
  20. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.113, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  21. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.114, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0

External links

  • 1967 Kansas City Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1967 Kansas City Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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