1969 Seattle Pilots Season
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1969 Seattle Pilots Season

1969 Seattle Pilots
Only season in Seattle
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Dewey Soriano
General manager(s)Marvin Milkes
Manager(s)Joe Schultz
Local televisionNone
Local radioKVI
(Jimmy Dudley, Bill Schonely)
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The 1969 Seattle Pilots season was the only season of the Seattle Pilots, a Major League Baseball team. As an expansion team in the American League, along with the Kansas City Royals, the Pilots were placed in the newly established West division. They finished last among the six teams with a record of 64-98 (.395), 33 games behind the division champion Minnesota Twins.

Fewer than 678,000 fans came to see the Pilots, which ranked 20th of the 24 major league teams[1] -- a major reason why the team was forced into bankruptcy after only one season.[2] Despite the poor conditions at aging Sick's Stadium, the ticket prices were among the highest in the major leagues.[3] The bankruptcy sale of the team was approved by a federal court in Seattle on March 31,[4] and the team moved to Milwaukee at the end of spring training for the 1970 season and became the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee had lost the Braves to Atlanta after the 1965 season.

A book about the season exists called The 1969 Seattle Pilots: Major League Baseball's One-Year Team. Part of the Pilots' season was also documented in the book Ball Four by Jim Bouton. After the Pilots, there would not be another MLB team in Seattle until the birth of the Mariners in 1977.

Offseason

Expansion draft

The MLB expansion draft for the Pilots and the Kansas City Royals was held on October 15, 1968.

Player Former team Pick
Don Mincher California Angels 2nd
Tommy Harper Cleveland Indians 3rd
Ray Oyler Detroit Tigers 5th
Jerry McNertney[9] Chicago White Sox 7th
Buzz Stephen Minnesota Twins 9th
Chico Salmon[8] Cleveland Indians 11th
Diego Seguí[10] Oakland Athletics 14th
Tommy Davis Chicago White Sox 16th
Marty Pattin California Angels 18th
Gerry Schoen Washington Senators 20th
Gary Bell Boston Red Sox 21st
Jack Aker Oakland Athletics 24th
Rich Rollins Minnesota Twins 26th
Lou Piniella[11] Cleveland Indians 28th
Dick Bates Washington Senators 30th
Larry Haney Baltimore Orioles 32nd
Dick Baney Boston Red Sox 33rd
Steve Hovley[12] California Angels 35th
Steve Barber[13] New York Yankees 37th
John Miklos Washington Senators 39th
Wayne Comer Detroit TIgers 41st
Bucky Brandon Boston Red Sox 44th
Skip Lockwood Oakland Athletics 46th
Gary Timberlake New York Yankees 48th
Bob Richmond Washington Senators 50th
John Morris Baltimore Orioles 52nd
Mike Marshall[14] Detroit Tigers 53rd
Jim Gosger Oakland Athletics 55th
Mike Ferraro New York Yankees 57th
Paul Click California Angels 59th

1968 MLB June amateur draft and minor league affiliates

The Pilots and Kansas City Royals, along with the two National League expansion teams set to debut in 1969, the Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres, were allowed to participate in the June 1968 MLB first-year player draft, although the new teams were barred from the lottery's first three rounds. The Pilots drafted 29 players in the 1968 June draft, including future major league manager Tom Kelly (eighth round) and starting pitcher Bill Parsons (seventh round).[15] Seattle affiliated with one minor league club during 1968 to develop drafted players; the roster was filled out by professional and amateur free agents that had been signed and players loaned from other organizations.

1968 farm system

Regular season

Pilots' logo.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 97 65 0.599 -- 57-24 40-41
Oakland Athletics 88 74 0.543 9 49-32 39-42
California Angels 71 91 0.438 26 43-38 28-53
Kansas City Royals 69 93 0.426 28 36-45 33-48
Chicago White Sox 68 94 0.420 29 41-40 27-54
Seattle Pilots 64 98 0.395 33 34-47 30-51

Record vs. opponents

1969 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA WSH
Baltimore -- 10-8 6-6 9-3 13-5 11-7 11-1 8-4 11-7 8-4 9-3 13-5
Boston 8-10 -- 8-4 5-7 12-6 10-8 10-2 7-5 11-7 4-8 6-6 6-12
California 6-6 4-8 -- 9-9 8-4 5-7 9-9 7-11 3-9 6-12 9-9-1 5-7
Chicago 3-9 7-5 9-9 -- 8-4 3-9 8-10 5-13 3-9 8-10 10-8 4-8
Cleveland 5-13 6-12 4-8 4-8 -- 7-11 7-5 5-7 9-8 5-7 7-5 3-15
Detroit 7-11 8-10 7-5 9-3 11-7 -- 8-4 6-6 10-8 7-5 10-2 7-11
Kansas City 1-11 2-10 9-9 10-8 5-7 4-8 -- 8-10 5-7-1 8-10 10-8 7-5
Minnesota 4-8 5-7 11-7 13-5 7-5 6-6 10-8 -- 10-2 13-5 12-6 6-6
New York 7-11 7-11 9-3 9-3 8-9 8-10 7-5-1 2-10 -- 6-6 7-5 10-8
Oakland 4-8 8-4 12-6 10-8 7-5 5-7 10-8 5-13 6-6 -- 13-5 8-4
Seattle 3-9 6-6 9-9-1 8-10 5-7 2-10 8-10 6-12 5-7 5-13 -- 7-5
Washington 5-13 12-6 7-5 8-4 15-3 11-7 5-7 6-6 8-10 4-8 5-7 --


The first game

April 8, Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0
California 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 10 1
W: Marty Pattin (1-0)  L: Jim McGlothlin (0-1)  SV: Jack Aker (1)   
HRs: SEA: Mike Hegan (1), CAL: Jim Fregosi (1)

[17]

Opening Day lineup

21 Tommy Harper 2B
  8 Mike Hegan RF
12 Tommy Davis     LF
  5 Don Mincher 1B
  9 Rich Rollins 3B
14 Jim Gosger CF
15 Jerry McNertney    C
  1 Ray Oyler SS
33 Marty Pattin P

[18]

Notable transactions

Roster

Game log [23]

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

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 Jerry McNertney 128 410 99 .241 8 55
1B Don Mincher 140 427 105 .246 25 78
2B John Donaldson 95 338 79 .234 1 19
3B Tommy Harper 148 537 126 .235 9 41
SS Ray Oyler 106 255 42 .165 7 22
LF Tommy Davis 123 454 123 .271 6 80
CF Wayne Comer 147 481 118 .245 15 54
RF Mike Hegan 95 267 78 .292 8 37

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
Steve Hovley 91 329 91 .277 3 20
Gus Gil 92 221 49 .222 0 17
Steve Whitaker 69 116 29 .250 6 13
Rich Rollins 58 187 42 .225 4 21
Ron Clark 57 163 32 .196 0 12
Greg Goossen 52 139 43 .309 10 24
John Kennedy 61 128 30 .234 4 14
Jim Pagliaroni 40 110 29 .264 5 14
Danny Walton 23 92 20 .217 3 10
Merritt Ranew 54 81 20 .247 0 4
Jim Gosger 39 55 6 .109 1 7
Dick Simpson 26 51 9 .176 2 5
Larry Haney 22 59 15 .254 2 7
Fred Stanley 17 43 12 .279 0 4
Gordy Lund 20 38 10 .263 0 1
Sandy Valdespino 20 38 8 .211 0 0
José Vidal 18 26 5 .192 1 2
Freddie Velázquez 6 16 2 .125 0 2
Billy Williams 4 10 0 .000 0 0
Mike Ferraro 5 4 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
Gene Brabender 40 202.1 13 14 4.36 139
Marty Pattin 34 158.2 7 12 5.62 126
Mike Marshall 20 87.2 3 10 5.13 47
George Brunet 12 63.2 2 5 5.37 37
Gary Bell 13 61.1 2 6 4.70 30
Bob Meyer 6 32.2 0 3 3.31 17
Gary Timberlake 2 6 0 0 7.50 4

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Fred Talbot 25 114.2 5 8 0 4.16 67
John Gelnar 39 108.2 3 10 3 3.31 69
Steve Barber 25 86.1 4 7 0 4.80 69
Miguel Fuentes 8 26 1 3 0 5.19 14
Garry Roggenburk 7 24.1 2 2 0 4.44 11
Skip Lockwood 6 23 0 1 0 3.52 10

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Diego Seguí 66 142.1 12 6 12 3.35 113
Jim Bouton 57 92 2 1 1 3.91 68
John O'Donoghue 55 70 2 2 6 2.96 48
Bob Locker 51 78.1 3 3 6 2.18 46
Jack Aker 15 16.2 0 2 3 7.56 7
Dick Baney 9 18.2 1 0 0 3.86 9
Dooley Womack 9 14.1 2 1 0 2.51 8
Bucky Brandon 8 15 0 1 0 8.40 10
John Morris 6 12.2 0 0 0 6.39 8
Bill Edgerton 4 4 0 1 0 13.50 2
Jerry Stephenson 2 2.2 0 0 0 10.12 1
Dick Bates 1 1.2 0 0 0 26.99 3

Farm system

Vancouver affiliation shared with Montreal Expos

Awards and honors

1969 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Notes

  1. ^ "1969 Major League Baseball Attendance & Miscellaneous". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ "Financially stricken Seattle owners still courting move". Toledp Blade. Associated Press. March 1970. p. 29.
  3. ^ "Seattle Story: Downhill Run". Milwaukee Journal. April 1, 1970. p. 15.
  4. ^ "We're Big League Again! Court OKs sale of Pilots". Milwaukee Journal. April 1, 1970. p. 1.
  5. ^ a b Marv Staehle at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Wilbur Howard at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ a b Jim Bouton at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ a b Chico Salmon at Baseball-Reference
  9. ^ Jerry McNertney at Baseball-Reference
  10. ^ Diego Seguí at Baseball-Reference
  11. ^ a b Lou Piniella at Baseball-Reference
  12. ^ Steve Hovley at Baseball-Reference
  13. ^ Steve Barber at Baseball-Reference
  14. ^ Mike Marshall page on Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Baseball Reference
  16. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p. 129, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  17. ^ Box Score of Game played on Tuesday, April 8, 1969 at Anaheim Stadium
  18. ^ 1969 Seattle Pilots Roster by Baseball Almanac
  19. ^ Jim Pagliaroni at Baseball-Reference
  20. ^ Gorman Thomas at Baseball-Reference
  21. ^ Bob Coluccio at Baseball-Reference
  22. ^ John Donaldson at Baseball-Reference
  23. ^ "1969 Seattle Pilots Schedule | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2018.

References

Further reading

  • Bouton, Jim (1970). Ball Four. New York: World Publishing. LCCN 78-120125.
  • Hogan, Kenneth (2006). The 1969 Seattle Pilots: Major League Baseball's One-Year Team. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. ISBN 978-0-78-642786-4.
  • Mullins, Bill (2013). Becoming Big League: Seattle, the Pilots, and Stadium Politics. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press. ISBN 978-0-29-599252-5.

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