1969 SEATTLE PILOTS (64-98)
6th, 33 Games Back - Manager : Joe Schultz
April 1 - The Seattle Pilots trade minor league OF Lou Piniella to the Royals for OF Steve Whitaker and P John Gelnar. April 8 - Expansion teams Kansas City Royals, Montreal Expos, San Diego Padres, and Seattle Pilots make things look easy by winning their first regular-season games. The Expos win by scoring 11 runs against the Mets to win 11–10. Pitcher Dan McGinn cracks the Expos first homer to help keep the Mets winless for openers. The host Royals edge the Twins in 12 innings, 4-3. April 11 - Before 14,993, Seattle successfully inaugurates ML baseball at Sicks Stadium, as Gary Bell defeats Chicago 7–0. The Pilots will draw just 678,000 for the season. April 27 - Sal Bando drives in seven runs with two homers and a single as the A's beat the Pilots, 13–5. Starter and winner Rollie Fingers needs relief help with two out in the 9th. April 30 - Against the Seattle Pilots, the Twins score three in the 5th to go ahead 4–0. Then with the bases loaded, they pull off a triple steal with Rod Carew swiping home for the 3rd time this month en route to a 6–4 win. The Twins will pull off two more triple steals in 1969. May 11 - Frank Howard hits two homers for the Senators but Don Mincher hits one in the bottom of the 9th for a 6-5 Pilots victory. Diego Segui gets a win for the second straight day. Yesterday the Pilots beat the Senators, 16-13, on 12 hits and 12 walks. May 13 - With 19,072 fans on hand, the largest Seattle crowd of the season, the Pilots beat the Yankees 5–3. May 16 - In the highest-scoring 11th inning ever, Seattle scores six runs, then allows 5, but hangs on for a 10–9 win at Boston. Jim Bouton gets the win with three shutout innings. Wayne Comer has a pair of homers, including one in the 11th. Kenworthy adds a homer in the 11th and Rico Petrocelli goes deep in the 11th for the Sox. June 8 - The White Sox trade P Bob Locker to the Pilots for P Gary Bell. Bell has rung up his best games, and he will prove a disaster in Chicago. June 9 - Mickey Lolich's 16 strikeouts in nine innings ties the Detroit record he set May 23rd, but the Tigers drop a 3–2, 10-inning decision to Seattle. Pat Dobson is the loser. the only run off Lolich is a leadoff home run by Dick Simpson on the first pitch of the game. June 16 - At Milwaukee County Stadium, Chicago's Billy Wynne lives up to his name, recording his first ML victory, defeating the Seattle Pilots, 8–3. The Sox are playing 20 home games in the Brew City this year. June 24 - The White Sox sweep a pair from the Pilots, winning 6–4 and 7–6 with reliever Wilbur Wood winning both games. In game 2, Bill Melton hits three consecutive homers, in the 2nd, 4th and 6th innings, but it takes a homer by Ed Herrmann in the 9th to win it. Reliever Wilbur Wood is the winner in both games, giving up a hit in three 2/3 innings in Game One and a hit in two innings of game 2. Jim Bouton pitches in both games for Seattle without allowing a run in three 2/3 innings. July 11 - Harmon Killebrew hits a pair of homers and a double to boost his RBI total to a American League-high 90. The Twins beat the Pilots, 9–2. July 17 - Sal Bando is 5-for-5 and drives in the first four runs in the A's 8–2 win over Seattle. Don Mincher drives in both runs off Catfish Hunter (8-7). July 20 - Jim Perry does his brother one better by winning two games today in Minnesota's sweep of the Pilots. Playing two more innings to complete yesterday's suspended game, the Twins score four runs in the 18th to win, 11–7, then follow with a 4–0 win. Perry tosses 11 innings of shutout ball to win the pair. The loser in both games is John Gelnar. In the extra inning game, the two teams strand a major-league record 44 runners, with the Twins contributing 23. (The Mets and Cards will leave 45 runners on during a September 11, 1974 marathon.) The two wins means the Twins go into the All-Star break with a four game lead over the A's in the American League West. July 25 - Tony Conigliaro of the Red Sox suffers a wrenched back while hitting a home run against the Seattle Pilots. The injury forces him to walk slowly around the bases before being replaced. The Red Sox win 7–6. July 27 - Seattle suffers another heartbreaker, losing 5–3 to Boston in 20 innings at Sicks Stadium. Joe Lahoud hits a 2-run home run in the top of the 20th for Boston, and Tommy Harper matches in the bottom of the inning for the losers. Jim Lonborg is the winner. August 16 - Seattle's Sicks Stadium shakes when 250-pound Boog Powell legs out an inside-the-park homer in the 9th against ex-teammate Steve Barber. It really isn't that vital, as Baltimore romps 15–3. August 24 - Seattle trades P Jim Bouton to Houston for pitchers Dooley Womack and Roric Harrison. August 31 - In their 2nd trade with Seattle within a week, Houston acquires OF Tommy Davis for outfielders Sandy Valdespino and Danny Walton. October 2 - The Pilots play what will be their last game in Seattle in a 3–1 loss to Oakland. A crowd of 5,473 fans show up to pay their respects. November 20 - Joe Schultz is fired as manager of the Pilots. Dave Bristol is named manager of the Pilots on November 24.
INFIELD                 G Ag B T   HT  WT ML YR 1968 TEAM                                    Acquired
Ron Clark (3B-SS)      57 26 R R 5-10 175  1  4 Minnesota                                    Purchase - Minnesota (7-11-1969)
John Donaldson (2B)    95 26 L R 5-11 165  1  4 Oakland                                      Trade - Oakland (6-14-1969)
Mike Ferraro (3B)       5 25 R R 5-11 175  1  3 NY Yankees - Syracuse (AAA)                  Expansion Draft - NY Yankees (57th pick)
Gus Gil (2B-3B)        92 30 R R 5-10 180  1  2 Portland (AAA) - Seattle (AAA)               Purchase - Cleveland (5-13-1968)
Greg Goossen (1B-C)    52 23 R R 6- 1 210  1  5 NY Mets - Jacksonville (AAA) - Memphis (AA)  Trade - NY Yankees (7-6-1969)
Tommy Harper (3B-OF)  148 28 R R 5-10 168  1  8 Cleveland                                    Expansion Draft - Cleveland (3rd)
Mike Hegan (1B-OF)     95 27 L L 6- 1 190  1  4 Syracuse (AAA)                               Purchase - NY Yankees (6-14-1968)
John Kennedy (3B-SS)   61 28 R R 6- 0 185  1  7 Syracuse (AAA) - Columbus (AAA)              Purchase - NY Yankees (11-13-1968)
Gordy Lund (SS)        20 28 R R 5-11 170  1  2 Rochester (AAA)                              Trade - Baltimore (3-31-1969)
Don Mincher (1B)      140 31 L R 6- 3 213  1 10 California                                   Expansion Draft - California (2nd)
Ray Oyler (SS)        106 31 R R 5-11 165  1  5 Detroit                                      Expansion Draft - Detroit (5th)
Rich Rollins (3B)      58 31 R R 5-10 185  1  9 Minnesota                                    Expansion Draft - Minnesota (26th)
Fred Stanley (SS-2B)   17 22 R R 5-10 167  1  1 Dallas-Ft. Worth (AAA)                       Purchase - Houston (9-8-1969)
OUTFIELD
Wayne Comer           147 25 R R 5-10 175  1  3 Detroit - Toledo (AAA)                       Expansion Draft - Detroit (41st)
*-Tommy Davis         123 30 R R 6- 2 205  1 11 Chicago White Sox                            Expansion Draft - Chi-AL (16th)
*-Jim Gosger           39 26 L L 5-11 185  1  6 Oakland                                      Expansion Draft - Oakland (55th)
Steve Hovley           91 24 L L 5-10 188  1  1 Seattle (AAA)                                Expansion Draft - California (35th)
Dick Simpson           26 26 R R 6- 4 176  1  8 St. Louis - Houston                          Trade - Yankees (5-17-1969)
Sandy Valdespino       20 30 L L 5- 8 170  1  5 Atlanta - Richmond (AAA)                     Trade - Houston (8-30-1969)
Jose Vidal             18 29 R R 6- 0 190  1  4 Portland (AAA)                               Purchase - Cleveland (9-16-1968)
Danny Walton           23 22 R R 6- 0 200  1  1 Houston - Okla. City (AAA) - Dallas (AA)     Trade - Houston (8-30-1969)
Steve Whitaker         69 26 L R 6- 1 187  1  4 NY Yankees - Hawaii (AAA) - Syracuse (AAA)   Trade - K. City (4-1-1969)
Billy Williams          4 36 L R 6- 3 195  1  1 Seattle (AAA) - Hawaii (AAA)                 Trade - Chi-AL (1969)
CATCHER                 G Ag B T   HT  WT ML YR Acquired
*-Larry Haney          22 26 R R 6- 2 195  1  4 Baltimore                                    Expansion Draft - Baltimore (32nd)
Jerry McNertney       128 33 R R 6- 1 195  1  5 Chicago - AL                                 Expansion Draft - Chi-AL (7th)
Jim Pagliaroni         40 31 R R 6- 4 210  1 11 Oakland                                      Purchase - Oakland (5-27-1969)
Merritt Ranew          54 31 L R 5-10 180  1  5 Syracuse (AAA)                               Trade - NY Yankees (1969)
Freddie Velazquez       6 31 R R 6- 1 185  1  1 Vancouver (AAA) - Birmingham (AA)            1968 Rule V Draft - San Diego (12-2-68)
STARTING PITCHERS      GS  G Ag B T HT    WT ML YR 1968 Team                                 Acquired
Steve Barber           16 25 30 L L 6- 0 200  1 10 NY Yankees - Syracuse (AAA)               Expansion Draft - NY Yankees (37th)
*-Gary Bell            11 13 32 R R 6- 1 198  1 12 Boston                                    Expansion Draft - Boston (21st)
Gene Brabender         29 40 28 R R 6- 5 225  1  4 Baltimore                                 Trade - Baltimore (3-31-1969)
George Brunet          11 12 34 R L 6- 1 210  1 13 California                                Purchase - California (7-31-1969)
Mike Marshall          14 20 26 R R 5-10 180  1  2 Toledo (AAA)                              Expansion Draft - Detroit (53rd)
Marty Pattin           27 34 26 R R 5-11 180  1  1 California - Seattle (AAA)                Expansion Draft - California (18th)
Fred Talbot            16 25 28 R R 6- 2 195  1  7 NY Yankees                                Trade - Yankees (5-30-1969)
RELIEF PITCHERS
*-Jack Aker             0 15 29 R R 6- 2 190  1  6 Oakland                                   Expansion Draft - Oakland (24th)
Dick Baney              1  9 22 R R 6- 0 185  1  1 Pittsfield (AA)                           Expansion Draft - Boston (33rd)
Dick Bates              0  1 23 L R 6- 0 190  1  1 Savannah (AA)                             Expansion Draft - Washington (30th)
*-Jim Bouton            1 57 30 R R 6- 0 185  1  8 New York - Seattle (AAA)                  Purchase - NY Yankees (6-15-1968)
*-Bucky Brandon         1  8 29 R R 6- 2 200  1  4 Louisville (AAA)                          Expansion Draft - Boston (44th)
Bill Edgerton           0  4 28 L L 6- 2 185  1  3 Seattle (AAA) - San Diego (AAA)           Waivers - Oakland (9-2-1968)
Miguel Fuentes          4  8 23 R R 6- 0 160  1  1 None                                      Free Agent - 1969
John Gelnar            10 39 26 R R 6- 2 190  1  3 Columbus (AAA)                            Trade - Kansas City (4-1-1969)
Bob Locker              0 51 31 B R 6- 3 200  1  5 Chicago - AL                              Trade - Chi-AL (6-8-1969)
Skip Lockwood           3  6 23 R R 6- 0 200  1  1 Birmingham (AA) - Peninsula (A)           Expansion Draft - Oakland (46th)
Bob Meyer               5  6 30 R L 6- 2 185  1  2 Vancouver (AAA)                           Trade - Oakland (8-29-1969)
John Morris             0  6 28 R L 6- 1 198  1  3 Baltimore - Rochester (AAA)               Expansion Draft - Baltimore (52nd)
John O'Donoghue         0 55 29 R L 6- 3 210  1  7 Baltimore - Rochester (AAA)               Trade - Baltimore (4-30-1969)
Garry Roggenburk        4  7 29 R L 6- 6 195  1  5 Boston - Louisville (AAA)                 Purchase - Boston (6-23-1969)
Diego Segui             8 66 32 R R 6- 0 190  1  8 Oakland                                   Expansion Draft - Oakland (14th)
Jerry Stephenson        0  2 25 L R 6- 2 185  1  6 Boston                                    Free Agent (4-17-1969)
Gary Timberlake         2  2 21 R L 6- 2 205  1  1 Ft. Lauderdale (A)                        Expansion Draft - NY Yankees (48th)
Dooley Womack           0  9 30 L R 6- 0 170  1  4 NY Yankees                                Trade - Houston (8-26-1969)
* - Traded or released During the season
PRE-EXPANSION DRAFT TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 1968 (Amateur Free-Agent Draft) - 7th round Bill Parsons - 8th round Tom Kelly - 19th round Wilbur Howard
June 14, 1968 - Purchased Mike Hegan from New York Yankees
July 9, 1968 - Purchased Orlando Pena from Cleveland Indians
September 2, 1968 - Claimed Bill Edgerton from Oakland Athletics on waivers
September 8, 1968 - Sold Orlando Pena to Kansas City Royals. Purchased Jose Vidal from Cleveland Indians.
October 21, 1968 - Purchased Jim Bouton from New York Yankees
November 13, 1968 - Purchased John Kennedy from New York Yankees
December 2, 1968 (Major League Draft) - Selected Freddie Velazquez from San Diego Padres
December 17, 1968 - Fernando Gonzalez signed as a non-drafted free agent
1969 PRE-SEASON TRANSACTIONS
January - Miguel Fuentes signed as a non-drafted free agent. Pedro Garcia signed as a non-drafted
free agent. Carlos Velazquez signed as a non-drafted free agent.
February 5 - Purchased Greg Goossen from New York Mets
March 31 - Traded Chico Salmon to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Gene Brabender and Gordy
Lund
April 1 - Traded Lou Piniella to Kansas City Royals in exchange for Steve Whitaker and John Gelnar
REGULAR SEASON TRANSACTIONS
April 17 - Jerry Stephenson signed as a free agent
April 3 - Traded Gerry Schoen and Mike Ferraro to Baltimore Orioles in exchange for John O'Donoghue, Tom Fisher and Lloyd Fourroux
May 19 - Traded Jose Vidal to New York Yankees in exchange for Dick Simpson
May 20 - Traded Jack Aker to New York Yankees in exchange for Fred Talbot
May 27 - Purchased Jim Pagliaroni from Oakland Athletics
June 3 - Sold Freddie Velazquez to Oakland Athletics
June 8 - Traded Gary Bell to Chicago White Sox in exchange for Bob Locker
June 14 - Traded Larry Haney to Oakland Athletics in exchange for John Donaldson
June 23 - Purchased Garry Roggenburk from Boston Red Sox
July 8 - Sold Bucky Brandon to Minnesota Twins
July 11 - Purchased Ron Clark from Minnesota Twins
July 31 - Purchased George Brunet from California Angels
August 24 - Traded Jim Bouton to Houston Astros in exchange for Dooley Womack and Roric Harrison
August 29 - Traded Fred Talbot to Oakland Athletics in exchange for Bob Meyer and Pete Koegel
August 30 - Traded Tommy Davis to Houston Astros in exchange for Danny Walton and Sandy Valdespino
September 8 - Purchased Fred Stanley from Houston Astros
September 9 - Sold Jim Gosger to New York Mets
September 13 - Sold Marv Staehle to Montreal Expos
MINOR LEAGUES - 1968
LEVEL TEAM                 W   L  .PCT   GB   POS  MANAGER                        LEADING BATTER             HOME RUN LEADER            LEADING PITCHER - WINS    LEADING PITCHER - SAVES
A     Newark Co-Pilots    38  36  .514  -10   4/8  Sibby Sisti                    Tom Kelly             .317 Chico Vaughns           10 Wilbur Howard           8 Unknown
Oneonta defeated Newark in playoffs, 1 game to 0
MINOR LEAGUE ALL-STARS
NEWARK - OF Tom Kelly
MINOR LEAGUES - 1969
LEVEL TEAM                 W   L  .PCT   GB   POS  MANAGER                         LEADING BATTER            HOME RUN LEADER            LEADING PITCHER - WINS    LEADING PITCHER - SAVES
AAA  *Vancouver Mounties  71  73  .493  -14  T2/4  Bob Lemon                       Marv Staehle         .307 Greg Goosen             18 Three tied with         8 Carroll Sembara      15
A     Clinton Pilots      72  51  .585  -11   2/9  Sibby Sisti and Tom Giordano    Mike Morelli         .279 Gary Holland            11 Wayne Sullian           9 Nelson Gibson         6
A     Newark Co-Pilots    42  34  .553  - 8.5 3/4  Earl Torgeson                   Jose Alcaide         .274 McCartnet/Jordan         5 Joe Jabar              10 Three tied with       2
R     Billings Mustangs   26  45  .366  -18   7/7  Bobby Mavis and Ronald Le Blanc Phillip Zahn         .346 Pedro Garcia            10 Charles Sprinkle        6 Charles Sprinkle      4
* - Shared affiliation with Montreal Expos
Leading Batter - Minimum of 2 AB per game
MINOR LEAGUE ALL-STARS
CLINTON - 3B Gary Holland, C Francis Kimball  NEWARK - OF Jose Alcaide, OF Pete Duhamel  BILLINGS - 2B Pedro Garcia, OF Phil Zahn, C Jose Salado