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1965 Kansas City Athletics season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1965 Kansas City Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Charles O. Finley
General manager(s)Pat Friday, Hank Peters
Manager(s)Mel McGaha, Haywood Sullivan
Local televisionKCMO
Local radioKCMO (AM)
(Monte Moore, Red Rush)
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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 tenth 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.

Offseason

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.

Promotions

  • 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 Home Road
Minnesota Twins 102 60 0.630 51–30 51–30
Chicago White Sox 95 67 0.586 7 48–33 47–34
Baltimore Orioles 94 68 0.580 8 46–33 48–35
Detroit Tigers 89 73 0.549 13 47–34 42–39
Cleveland Indians 87 75 0.537 15 52–30 35–45
New York Yankees 77 85 0.475 25 40–43 37–42
Los Angeles/California Angels 75 87 0.463 27 46–34 29–53
Washington Senators 70 92 0.432 32 36–45 34–47
Boston Red Sox 62 100 0.383 40 34–47 28–53
Kansas City Athletics 59 103 0.364 43 33–48 26–55


Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA/
CAL
MIN NYY WSH
Baltimore 11–7 9–9 10–8 11–7 11–7 13–5 8–10 13–5 8–10
Boston 7–11 4–14 8–10 6–12 11–7 5–13 1–17 9–9 11–7
Chicago 9–9 14–4 10–8 9–9 13–5 12–6 7–11 8–10 13–5
Cleveland 8–10 10–8 8–10 9–9 9–9 9–9 11–7 12–6 11–7
Detroit 7–11 12–6 9–9 9–9 13–5 10–8 8–10 10–8 11–7
Kansas City 7–11 7–11 5–13 9–9 5–13 5–13 8–10 7–11 6–12
Los Angeles/California 5–13 13–5 6–12 9–9 8–10 13–5 9–9 6–12 6–12
Minnesota 10–8 17–1 11–7 7–11 10–8 10–8 9–9 13–5 15–3
New York 5–13 9–9 10–8 6–12 8–10 11–7 12–6 5–13 11–7
Washington 10–8 7–11 5–13 7–11 7–11 12–6 12–6 3–15 7–11

NOTE: The Los Angeles Angels changed their name to California Angels on September 2, 1965, with the season in progress.


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)

Roster

1965 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
C Billy Bryan 108 325 82 .252 14 51
1B Ken Harrelson 150 483 115 .238 23 66
2B Dick Green 133 474 110 .232 15 55
SS Bert Campaneris 144 578 156 .270 6 42
3B Ed Charles 134 480 129 .269 8 56
LF Tommie Reynolds 90 270 64 .237 1 22
CF Jim Landis 118 364 87 .239 3 36
RF Mike 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
Wayne Causey 144 513 134 .261 3 34
José Tartabull 68 218 68 .312 1 19
Rene Lachemann 92 216 49 .227 9 29
Nelson Mathews 67 184 39 .212 2 15
Johnny Blanchard 52 120 24 .200 2 11
Jim Gentile 38 118 29 .246 10 22
Santiago Rosario 81 85 20 .235 2 8
Larry Stahl 28 81 16 .198 4 14
Skip Lockwood 42 33 4 .121 0 0
Doc Edwards 6 20 3 .150 0 0
Randy Schwartz 6 7 2 .286 0 1
Lou Clinton 1 1 0 .000 0 0
John Sanders 1 0 0 --- 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
Fred Talbot 39 198 10 12 4.14 117
Rollie Sheldon 32 186.2 10 8 3.95 105
John O'Donoghue 34 177.2 9 18 3.95 82
Satchel 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
Diego Seguí 40 163 5 15 4.64 119
Catfish Hunter 32 133 8 8 4.26 82
Moe Drabowsky 14 38.2 1 5 4.42 25
Orlando Peña 12 35.1 0 6 6.88 24
Don Buschhorn 12 31 0 1 4.35 9
Lew Krausse Jr. 7 25 2 4 5.04 22
Dick Joyce 5 13 0 1 2.77 7
Ron Tompkins 5 10.1 0 0 3.48 4

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
Jim Dickson 68 3 2 0 3.47 54
John Wyatt 65 2 6 18 3.25 70
Wes Stock 62 0 4 4 5.24 52
Don Mossi 51 5 8 7 3.74 41
Jack Aker 34 4 3 3 3.16 26
Jesse Hickman 12 0 1 0 5.87 16
Paul Lindblad 4 0 1 0 11.05 12
Aurelio Monteagudo 4 0 0 0 3.86 5
José Santiago 4 0 0 0 9.00 8
Blue Moon Odom 1 0 0 0 9.00 0
Tom Harrison 1 0 0 0 9.00 0
Bert Campaneris 1 0 0 0 9.00 1

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 Shelby Rebels Western Carolinas League Wes Ferrell and Jimmy Williams
Short-Season A Lewiston Broncos Northwest League Bobby Hofman, Bill Posedel and Al Ronning

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Burlington

References

  1. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.92, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  2. ^ Tommy John page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.78, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  4. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.92, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  5. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.86, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  6. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.93, 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.93, 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.94, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  9. ^ Joe Rudi page at Baseball-Reference
  10. ^ Doc Edwards page at Baseball-Reference
  11. ^ Don Mossi page at Baseball-Reference
  12. ^ 1965 Kansas City Athletics Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
  13. ^ Rick Monday page at Baseball-Reference
  14. ^ Joe Keough page at Baseball-Reference
  15. ^ Sal Bando page at Baseball-Reference
  16. ^ Satchel Paige page at Baseball Reference

External links

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