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1959 Kansas City Athletics
Major league affiliations
Location
1959 Information
Owner(s) Arnold Johnson
Manager(s) Harry Craft
Local television WDAF-TV
Local radio WDAF
(Merle Harmon, Bill Grigsby)

The Kansas City Athletics' 1959 season involved the A's finishing 7th in the American League with a record of 66 wins and 88 losses, 28 games behind the AL Champion Chicago White Sox.

Contents

Offseason

Regular season

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Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Chicago White Sox 94 60 .610 --
Cleveland Indians 89 65 .578 5
New York Yankees 79 75 .513 15
Detroit Tigers 76 78 .494 18
Boston Red Sox 75 79 .487 19
Baltimore Orioles 74 80 .481 20
Kansas City Athletics 66 88 .429 28
Washington Senators 63 91 .409 31

Notable transactions

The Ralph Terry trade

During the Arnold Johnson ownership, any good young players on the Athletics were invariably traded by general manager Parke Carroll to the Yankees for aging veterans and cash. The cash was used to pay the bills, with the veterans perhaps having star appeal that could improve attendance. One of the great controversies was the Ralph Terry trade. In May 1959, the Yankees sent Jerry Lumpe and two veteran pitchers to the Athletics for Ralph Terry.[3] Once "home," Terry became a 20-game winner for New York.

The Yankees had brought Ralph Terry to the majors in 1956, but gave him limited playing time. In June 1957, they traded him to the A's in an eight-player deal. After getting nearly two years of experience facing A.L. batters, Terry was sent back to New York. Other clubs charged that the A’s were little more than a Yankee farm team at the major league level, citing Johnson's pre-existing cozy relationship with Yankees owners Dan Topping and Del Webb. A detailed account of this period is The Kansas City A's and The Wrong Half of the Yankees, by Jeff Katz, published by Maple Street Press.

Roster

1959 Kansas City Athletics roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Avg. Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI
C House, FrankFrank House 98 347 32 82 .236 1 30
1B Hadley, KentKent Hadley 113 288 40 73 .253 10 39
2B Lumpe, JerryJerry Lumpe 108 403 47 98 .243 3 28
3B Williams, DickDick Williams 130 488 72 130 .266 16 75
SS DeMaestri, JoeJoe DeMaestri 118 352 31 86 .244 6 34
LF Cerv, BobBob Cerv 125 463 61 132 .285 20 87
CF Tuttle, BillBill Tuttle 126 463 74 139 .300 7 43
RF Maris, RogerRoger Maris 122 433 69 118 .273 16 72

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Other batters

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI
Smith, HalHal Smith 108 292 36 84 .288 5 31
Terwilliger, WayneWayne Terwilliger 74 180 27 48 .267 2 18
Chiti, HarryHarry Chiti 55 162 20 44 .272 5 25
López, HéctorHéctor López 35 135 22 38 .281 6 24
Boone, RayRay Boone 61 132 19 36 .273 2 12
Herzog, WhiteyWhitey Herzog 38 123 25 36 .293 1 9
Ward, PrestonPreston Ward 58 109 8 27 .248 2 19
Simpson, HarryHarry Simpson 8 14 1 4 .286 1 2

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games played; IP = Innings Pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned Run Average; SO = Strikeouts; BB = Bases on Balls

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Kucks, JohnnyJohnny Kucks 33 151.1 8 11 3.87 51
Terry, RalphRalph Terry 9 46.1 2 4 5.24 35

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tsitouris, JohnJohn Tsitouris 24 83.1 4 3 4.97 50
Coleman, RipRip Coleman 29 81 2 10 4.56 54

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Kutyna, MartyMarty Kutyna 4 0 0 1 0.00 1
Brunet, GeorgeGeorge Brunet 2 0 0 0 11.57 7

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Tommy Heath
AA Shreveport Sports Southern Association Les Peden
A Albany Senators Eastern League Al Evans
B Sioux City Soos Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Bill Capps
C Pocatello Athletics Pioneer League Tommy Giordano
D Grand Island Athletics Nebraska State League Art Mazmanian
D Olean Athletics New York-Penn League Bill Robertson
D Plainview Athletics Sophomore League Bobby Hofman

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Notes

  1. ^ Chico Carrasquel page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ a b Ray Boone page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b Ralph Terry page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Ray Jablonski page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/KCA/1959.shtml
  6. ^ Johnsn, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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