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1963 Kansas City Athletics
Major league affiliations
Location
1963 Information
Owner(s) Charles O. Finley
Manager(s) Ed Lopat
Local television KCMO
Local radio KCMO (AM)
(Monte Moore,George Bryson)

The Kansas City Athletics' 1963 season involved the A's finishing 8th in the American League with a record of 73 wins and 89 losses. Owner Charlie Finley changed the team’s colors to Kelly green, Fort Knox Gold and Wedding Gown White, and replaced Connie Mack's elephant mascot with a Missouri mule — not just a cartoon logo, but a real mule, which he named after himself: "Charlie O, the Mule." He also began phasing out the team name "Athletics" in favor of simply, "A's."

In June 1963, Bill Bryson wrote of the uniforms,

Kelly green is the Athletics' accent color. It was more a nauseous green the players wore on their wholesome, clean-cut faces the first few times they had to appear in public looking like refugees from a softball league.[1]

Contents

Regular season

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Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 104 57 .646 --
Chicago White Sox 94 68 .580 10.5
Minnesota Twins 91 70 .565 13
Baltimore Orioles 86 76 .531 18.5
Cleveland Indians 79 83 .488 25.5
Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 25.5
Boston Red Sox 76 85 .472 28
Kansas City Athletics 73 89 .451 31.5
Los Angeles Angels 70 91 .435 34
Washington Senators 56 106 .346 48.5

Notable transactions

  • May 25, 1963: Joe Azcue was traded by the Kansas City Athletics with Dick Howser to the Cleveland Indians for Doc Edwards and $100,000. [2]
  • May 26, 1963: Sammy Esposito was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.[3]

Roster

1963 Kansas City Athletics roster
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

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

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

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
Wyatt, JohnJohn Wyatt 63 6 4 21 3.13 81

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

  • Norm Siebern, reserve[4]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Les Peden and Dan Carnevale
AA Binghamton Triplets Eastern League John McNamara
A Daytona Beach Islanders Florida State League Bobby Hofman
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Grady Wilson
A Lewiston Broncos Northwest League Bill Robertson

Notes

References


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