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1970 Oakland Athletics season

The 1970 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's finishing second in the American League West with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses. In 1970, owner Charlie Finley officially changed the team name from the Athletics to the "A's". An "apostrophe-s" was added to the cap and uniform emblem to reflect that fact.

1970 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record89–73 (.549)
Other information
Owner(s)Charles O. Finley
Manager(s)John McNamara
Local televisionKBHK
Local radioKNBR
(Monte Moore, Harry Caray)
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OffseasonEdit

During the off-season, Reggie Jackson sought an increase in salary, and A's owner Charlie Finley threatened to send Jackson to the minors. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn successfully intervened in their dispute. Reggie Jackson demanded $60,000 per season, while he was offered $40,000 by Charlie Finley. Both parties settled on $45,000,[1] but Jackson's numbers in 1970 dropped sharply, as he hit just 23 home runs while batting .237.

Notable transactionsEdit

Round 4: Mitchell Page (did not sign)
Secondary Phase[7]
Round 1: Vic Harris [8]

Regular seasonEdit

  • During the 1970 season, there were rumours of the Athletics attempting to relocate to Toronto.[9]
  • At the end of May, the Athletics were 25–23, and 8 games back of the first place Minnesota Twins.[10]
  • September 21: Vida Blue threw a no-hitter versus the Minnesota Twins.[11]
  • The club hired Harry Caray to do the play by play for the Athletics. Charlie Finley wanted Caray to change his broadcast chant of Holy Cow to Holy Mule. Caray refused and left after the season.[12]

Season standingsEdit

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Minnesota Twins 98 64 0.605 51–30 47–34
Oakland Athletics 89 73 0.549 9 49–32 40–41
California Angels 86 76 0.531 12 43–38 43–38
Kansas City Royals 65 97 0.401 33 35–44 30–53
Milwaukee Brewers 65 97 0.401 33 38–42 27–55
Chicago White Sox 56 106 0.346 42 31–53 25–53

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1970 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK WSH
Baltimore 13–5 7–5 9–3 14–4 11–7 12–0 7–5 5–7 11–7 7–5 12–6
Boston 5–13 5–7 8–4 12–6 9–9 7–5 5–7 7–5 10–8 7–5 12–6
California 5–7 7–5 12–6 6–6 6–6 10–8 12–6 8–10 5–7 8–10 7–5
Chicago 3–9 4–8 6–12 6–6 6–6 7–11 7–11 6–12 5–7 2–16 4–8
Cleveland 4–14 6–12 6–6 6–6 7–11 8–4 7–5 6–6 8–10 7–5 11–7
Detroit 7–11 9–9 6–6 6–6 11–7 6–6 8–4 4–8 7–11 6–6 9–9
Kansas City 0–12 5–7 8–10 11–7 4–8 6–6 12–6 5–13 1–11 7–11 6–6
Milwaukee 5–7 7–5 6–12 11–7 5–7 4–8 6–12 5–13 3–9–1 8–10 5–7
Minnesota 7–5 5–7 10–8 12–6 6–6 8–4 13–5 13–5 5–7 13–5 6–6
New York 7–11 8–10 7–5 7–5 10–8 11–7 11–1 9–3–1 7–5 6–6 10–8
Oakland 5–7 5–7 10–8 16–2 5–7 6–6 11–7 10–8 5–13 6–6 10–2
Washington 6–12 6–12 5–7 8–4 7–11 9–9 6–6 7–5 6–6 8–10 2–10


Notable transactionsEdit

Round 1: Dan Ford (18th pick)[15]

RosterEdit

1970 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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 Frank Fernández 94 252 54 .214 15 44
1B Don Mincher 140 463 114 .246 27 74
3B Sal Bando 155 502 132 .263 20 75
SS Bert Campaneris 147 603 168 .279 22 64
RF Reggie Jackson 149 426 101 .237 23 66

Other battersEdit

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
Dave Duncan 86 232 60 .259 10 29
Tommy Davis 66 200 58 .290 1 27
Steve Hovley 72 100 19 .190 0 1
John Donaldson 41 89 22 .247 1 11
Roberto Peña 19 58 15 .259 0 3
Jim Driscoll 21 52 10 .192 1 2
Bob Johnson 30 46 8 .174 1 2
Tito Francona 32 33 8 .242 1 6
José Tartabull 24 13 3 .231 0 2

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Chuck Dobson 41 267 16 15 3.74 149
Catfish Hunter 40 262.1 18 14 3.81 178
Vida Blue 6 38.2 2 0 2.09 35

Other pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Diego Seguí 47 162 10 10 2.56 95
Rollie Fingers 45 148 7 9 3.65 79
Al Downing 10 41 3 3 3.95 26

Relief pitchersEdit

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mudcat Grant 72 6 2 24 1.82 54
Paul Lindblad 62 8 2 3 2.70 42
Marcel Lachemann 41 3 3 3 2.78 39
Roberto Rodríguez 6 0 0 0 2.92 8
Fred Talbot 1 0 1 0 10.80 0

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Bert Campaneris led the American League in Stolen Bases[17]

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.134, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  2. ^ Manny Trillo page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Danny Cater page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Diego Seguí page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Phil Roof page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ 1970 Oakland Athletics Picks in the MLB January Amateur Draft
  7. ^ 1970 Oakland Athletics Picks in the MLB January Amateur Draft (Secondary Phase)
  8. ^ Vic Harris page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.120, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  10. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.134, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  11. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.140, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  12. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.141, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  13. ^ John Donaldson page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ 1970 Oakland Athletics Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
  15. ^ Dan Ford page at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ Steve Hovley page at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.141, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0

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