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1964 Kansas City Athletics season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1964 Kansas City Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Charles O. Finley
General manager(s)Pat Friday
Manager(s)Ed Lopat, Mel McGaha
Local televisionKCMO
Local radioKCMO (AM)
(Monte Moore, George Bryson, Betty Caywood)
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The 1964 Kansas City Athletics season was the tenth for the franchise in Kansas City and the 64th overall. It involved the A's finishing 10th in the American League with a record of 57 wins and 105 losses, 42 games behind the American League Champion New York Yankees.

Offseason

In January 1964, Charles O. Finley signed an agreement to move the A's to Louisville, promising to change the team's name to the "Kentucky Athletics".[1] (Other names suggested for the team were the "Kentucky Colonels" and the "Louisville Sluggers.") By another 9–1 vote his request was denied.[2] Six weeks later, by the same 9–1 margin, the A.L. owners denied Finley's request to move the team to Oakland, where the team would eventually move a few years later.

  • On February 23, 1964, Charlie Finley had signed a four-year lease to remain in Kansas City. The club would pay no rent on the stadium but the city would get 5% on admission and 7.5% on concessions. The clause was that if the club could not reach a paid attendance of 575,000 fans, then the club owed nothing.[3]

Notable transactions

Regular season

  • The club set a franchise record by hitting 107 home runs during home games. The pitching staff also gave up 132 home runs during home games. At the time, it was a major league record.[7]
  • Draft pick Catfish Hunter was not able to pitch in 1964. He was sent to the Mayo Clinic, as surgeons worked on his right foot. Hunter recovered at Charlie Finley's farm in Lapointe, Indiana.[8]
  • Bert Campaneris made his Major League debut on July 23, 1964. In his debut, he hit two HRs off Jim Kaat.[9]
  • On September 5, Blue Moon Odom made his major league debut against the New York Yankees. Odom pitched 2 innings, giving up 6 earned runs on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out one.[10]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 99 63 .611 --
Chicago White Sox 98 64 .605 1
Baltimore Orioles 97 65 .599 2
Detroit Tigers 85 77 .525 14
Los Angeles Angels 82 80 .506 17
Cleveland Indians 79 83 .488 20
Minnesota Twins 79 83 .488 20
Boston Red Sox 72 90 .444 27
Washington Senators 62 100 .383 37
Kansas City Athletics 57 105 .352 42

Record vs. opponents

1964 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY WSH
Baltimore 11–7 10–8 8–10 11–7 13–5–1 11–7 10–8 10–8 13–5
Boston 7–11 4–14 9–9 5–13 12–6 9–9 5–13 9–9 12–6
Chicago 8–10 14–4 12–6 11–7 16–2 10–8 9–9 6–12 12–6
Cleveland 10–8 9–9 6–12 11–7 10–8 9–9 10–8–1 3–15–1 11–7
Detroit 7–11 13–5 7–11 7–11 11–7 10–8 11–7 8–10–1 11–7
Kansas City 5–13–1 6–12 2–16 8–10 7–11 6–12 9–9 6–12 8–10
Los Angeles 7–11 9–9 8–10 9–9 8–10 12–6 12–6 7–11 10–8
Minnesota 8–10 13–5 9–9 8–10–1 7–11 9–9 6–12 8–10 11–7
New York 8–10 9–9 12–6 15–3–1 10–8–1 12–6 11–7 10–8 12–6
Washington 5–13 6–12 6–12 7–11 7–11 10–8 8–10 7–11 6–12


Notable transactions

  • June 8, 1964: Catfish Hunter was signed as an amateur free agent by the Athletics.[11]
  • June 13, 1964: Joe Rudi was signed as an amateur free agent by the Athletics.[12]

Roster

1964 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 Doc Edwards 97 294 66 .224 5 28
1B Jim Gentile 136 439 110 .251 28 71
2B Dick Green 130 435 115 .264 11 37
3B Ed Charles 150 557 134 .241 16 63
SS Wayne Causey 157 604 170 .281 8 49
LF Manny Jiménez 95 204 46 .225 12 38
CF Nelson Mathews 157 573 137 .239 14 60
RF Rocky Colavito 160 588 161 .274 34 102

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
José Tartabull 104 100 20 .200 0 3

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
Blue Moon Odom 5 17 1 2 10.06 10

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

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
John Wyatt 81 9 8 20 3.59 74
Ted Bowsfield 50 4 7 0 4.10 45
Jack Aker 9 0 1 0 8.82 7

Farm system

  • The A's scouts had signed 80 prospects for $650,000, at the time, the most money spent on prospects in one year.[9]
Level Team League Manager
AAA Dallas Rangers Pacific Coast League John McNamara
AA Birmingham Barons Southern League Haywood Sullivan
A Daytona Beach Islanders Florida State League Grady Wilson, Bill Posedel
and Lew Krausse, Sr.
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Bill Robertson
A Lewiston Broncos Northwest League Bobby Hofman
Rookie Wytheville A's Appalachian League Gus Niarhos

References

  1. ^ "Finley Signs Contract to Transfer Athletics to Louisville". New York Times. January 6, 1964. Retrieved April 29, 2008.
  2. ^ John Drebinger (January 18, 1964). "Finley Will Open in Kansas City, But Promises Court Action Soon". New York Times.
  3. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.73, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  4. ^ Sammy Esposito page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Norm Siebern page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ John Donaldson page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.75, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  8. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.81, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  9. ^ a b Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.79, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  10. ^ Blue Moon Odom page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Catfish Hunter page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Joe Rudi page at Baseball Reference

External links

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