1968 Oakland Athletics season: Wikis

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1968 Oakland Athletics
Major league affiliations
Location
1968 Information
Owner(s) Charles O. Finley
Manager(s) Bob Kennedy
Local television KBHK
Local radio KNBR
(Monte Moore, Al Helfer)

The Oakland Athletics' 1968 season was the team's first season, following their relocation from Kansas City. Their first season in the Bay Area involved the A's finishing 6th in the American League with a record of 82 wins and 80 losses, 21 games behind the eventual World Series champion Detroit Tigers. Managed by Bob Kennedy, their 82-80 record was the team's first winning season since 1952, when the franchise was still in Philadelphia.

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Relocation to Oakland

On October 18, 1967, American League owners at last gave Finley permission to move the Athletics to Oakland for the 1968 season. According to some reports, AL President Joe Cronin promised Finley that he could move the team after the 1967 season as an incentive to sign the new lease with Municipal Stadium. The move came in spite of approval by voters in Jackson County, Missouri of a bond issue for a brand new baseball stadium (the eventual Kauffman Stadium) to be completed in 1973. During their 13-year stay in Kansas City, the Athletics were arguably one of the worst teams in baseball history, finishing last or next-to-last place in 10 of those years. Their overall record was 829–1,224, for a winning percentage of .404.

Offseason

Regular season

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Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Detroit Tigers 103 59 .636
Baltimore Orioles 91 71 .562 12
Cleveland Indians 86 75 .534 16½
Boston Red Sox 86 76 .531 17
New York Yankees 83 79 .512 20
Oakland Athletics 82 80 .506 21
Minnesota Twins 79 83 .488 24
California Angels 67 95 .414 36
Chicago White Sox 67 95 .414 36
Washington Senators 65 96 .404 37½

Notable transactions

Roster

1968 Oakland Athletics roster
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
2B Donaldson, JohnJohn Donaldson 127 363 80 .220 2 27

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
Webster, RayRay Webster 66 196 42 .214 3 23

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
Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter 36 234 13 13 3.35 173
Krausse, LewLew Krausse 36 185 10 11 3.11 105

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
Aker, JackJack Aker 54 4 4 11 4.10 44
Seguí, DiegoDiego Seguí 52 6 5 6 2.39 72
Sprague, EdEd Sprague 47 3 4 4 3.28 34
Bogle, WarrenWarren Bogle 16 0 0 0 4.30 26

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Mounties Pacific Coast League Mickey Vernon
AA Birmingham A's Southern League Gus Niarhos
A Peninsula Grays Carolina League Jimmy Williams
A Leesburg Athletics Florida State League Al Ronning
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Jim Hughes
Rookie GCL A's Gulf Coast League Billy Herman

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: GCL A's

Notes

References


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