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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 tenth 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, owner 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][2] (Other names suggested for the team were the "Kentucky Colonels" and the "Louisville Sluggers.") By another 9–1 vote by the league owners, his request was denied.[3][4][5] 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 after the 1967 season.
  • On February 28, Finley signed a four-year lease to remain in Kansas City.[6][7] The club would pay no rent at Municipal 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.[8]
  • In early April, Finley tried to shorten the rather distant fences at the stadium by creating a 296-foot (90 m) Pennant Porch in right field, fronting a tiny bleacher section, to mock the famed short fence in right field at Yankee Stadium, home of the powerful Yankees.[9][10] The move was quickly vetoed by the league,[11] so Finley rebuilt the fence to the bare legal minimum of 325 feet (99 m), and repainted the fence to say "One-Half Pennant Porch".[12][13] Later he tried the ruse of putting a canopy over the little bleacher, which just happened to have an extension that reached out 29 feet (9 m) over the field. The league, not amused by Finley's sense of humor, again ordered him to cease and desist.

Notable transactions

Regular season

  • The club set a franchise record by hitting 107 home runs during home games, while the A's pitching staff gave up 132 home runs during home games. At the time, it was a major league record.[17]
  • Eighteen-year-old free agent Catfish Hunter was not able to pitch in 1964. He was sent to the Mayo Clinic, as surgeons worked on his right foot, which had been injured in a hunting accident the previous autumn. Hunter recovered at Finley's farm in La Porte, Indiana.[18]
  • Shortstop Bert Campaneris made his major league debut on July 23 at Minnesota, and hit two home runs off Jim Kaat in the first (first pitch) and seventh innings; joining the team earlier that day, he also singled, walked, and stole a base.[19][20][21][22]
  • On September 5, 19-year-old Blue Moon Odom made his major league debut against the visiting New York Yankees. Odom started but lasted just two innings, giving up six earned runs on six hits with two walks and one strikeout. The A's tied the game in the third inning, so he did not get the loss.[23][24]
  • On September 17, the A's were away on an eastern road trip and The Beatles played Municipal Stadium as part of their first U.S. tour.[25] The date was originally supposed to be an off-day for the band between concerts in New Orleans and Dallas, but they agreed to perform when Finley offered their manager Brian Epstein a then-record sum of $150,000 (equivalent to $1.14 million in 2014). The group opened the half-hour Thursday night concert by saluting the host town with their medley of "Kansas City" and "Hey, Hey, Hey, Hey";[26] a month later, they would record the medley for their fourth studio album, Beatles for Sale.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 99 63 0.611 50–31 49–32
Chicago White Sox 98 64 0.605 1 52–29 46–35
Baltimore Orioles 97 65 0.599 2 49–32 48–33
Detroit Tigers 85 77 0.525 14 46–35 39–42
Los Angeles Angels 82 80 0.506 17 45–36 37–44
Cleveland Indians 79 83 0.488 20 41–40 38–43
Minnesota Twins 79 83 0.488 20 40–41 39–42
Boston Red Sox 72 90 0.444 27 45–36 27–54
Washington Senators 62 100 0.383 37 31–50 31–50
Kansas City Athletics 57 105 0.352 42 26–55 31–50


Record vs. opponents


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.[27]
  • June 13, 1964: Joe Rudi was signed as an amateur free agent by the Athletics.[28]

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
Bert Campaneris 67 269 69 .257 4 22
Billy Bryan 93 220 53 .241 13 36
George Alusik 102 204 49 .240 3 19
Ken Harrelson 49 139 27 .194 7 12
Charley Lau 43 118 32 .271 2 9
José Tartabull 104 100 20 .200 0 3
Tommie Reynolds 31 94 19 .202 2 9
George Williams 37 91 19 .209 0 2
Rick Joseph 17 54 12 .222 0 1
Dave Duncan 25 53 9 .170 1 5
Charlie Shoemaker 16 52 11 .212 0 3
Larry Stahl 15 46 12 .261 3 6
John Wojcik 6 22 3 .136 0 0
Gino Cimoli 4 9 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
Orlando Peña 40 219.1 12 14 4.43 184
Diego Seguí 40 217.0 8 17 4.56 155
John O'Donohue 39 173.2 10 14 4.92 79
Bob Meyer 9 42.0 1 4 3.86 30
Blue Moon Odom 5 17.0 1 2 10.06 10
Lew Krausse Jr. 5 14.2 0 2 7.36 9

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
Moe Drabowski 53 168.1 5 13 5.29 119
Ted Bowsfield 50 118.2 4 7 4.10 45
José Santiago 34 83.2 0 6 4.73 64
Aurelio Monteagudo 11 31.1 0 4 8.90 14

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
Wes Stock 50 6 3 5 1.94 101
Ken Sanders 21 0 2 1 3.67 18
Joe Grzenda 20 0 2 0 5.40 17
Dan Pfister 19 1 5 0 6.53 21
Vern Handrahan 18 0 1 0 6.06 18
Jack Aker 9 0 1 0 8.82 7
Tom Sturdivant 3 0 0 0 9.82 1

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.[22]
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. ^ "Louisville and Finley sign two-year conditional pact". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. January 7, 1964. p. 12.
  2. ^ "Finley Signs Contract to Transfer Athletics to Louisville". New York Times. January 6, 1964. Retrieved April 29, 2008.
  3. ^ Reichler, Joe (January 17, 1964). "Finley must remain in K.C. or possibly lose his club". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. p. 11.
  4. ^ "Finley is ready for court fight". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. January 18, 1964. p. 8.
  5. ^ John Drebinger (January 18, 1964). "Finley Will Open in Kansas City, But Promises Court Action Soon". New York Times.
  6. ^ "Finley loves us, for a while". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. February 29, 1964. p. 7.
  7. ^ "A's owner signs pact with city". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. February 29, 1964. p. 12.
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ Van Valkenburg, Jim (April 10, 1964). "Finley's Pennant Porch set". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. p. 11.
  10. ^ "Finley building Yankee-style 'Pennant Porch' in A's park". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. April 10, 1964. p. 14.
  11. ^ "Finley says he'll defy edict to dismantle 'Yankee' fence". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. April 12, 1964. p. 11.
  12. ^ Van Valkenburg, Jim (April 14, 1964). "Finley now has Half-Porch and will continue a fight". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. p. 11.
  13. ^ Rathet, Mike (April 22, 1964). "Pennant Porch no answer to Kansas Dity's problem". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. p. 15.
  14. ^ Sammy Esposito page at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Norm Siebern page at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ John Donaldson page at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ 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
  18. ^ 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
  19. ^ "Campaneris slams two HR's in first major league game". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. July 24, 1964. p. 5B.
  20. ^ "A's rookie Campaneris is hero in first appearance". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. July 24, 1964. p. 10.
  21. ^ "Athletics' rookie has terrific start". Pittsburgh Press. UPI. July 24, 1964. p. 20.
  22. ^ 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
  23. ^ "Pepitone powers Yanks". St. Petersburg Times. (Florida). Associated Press. September 6, 1964. p. 1C.
  24. ^ Blue Moon Odom page at Baseball Reference
  25. ^ "Beatles look like worms in lighted box Thursday". Lawrence Daily Journal-World. (Kansas). Associated Press. September 18, 1964. p. 5.
  26. ^ Finley, Nancy. Finley Ball: How Two Outsiders Turned the Oakland A's into a Dynasty and Changed the Game Forever. Washington, DC: Salem Media Group, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2022.
  27. ^ Catfish Hunter page at Baseball Reference
  28. ^ Joe Rudi page at Baseball Reference

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