1969 Washington Senators season

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1969 Washington Senators
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Bob Short
Manager(s) Ted Williams
Local television WTOP
Local radio WWDC (FM)
(Ron Menchine, Shelby Whitfield, Warner Wolf)
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The 1969 Washington Senators season involved the Senators finishing 4th in the newly established American League East with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The year 1969 was a turning point in Washington sports history. The Senators named Ted Williams as manager. The Washington Redskins hired Vince Lombardi as Head Coach and he had brought a winning attitude to the nation's capital. In the same year, the nearby University of Maryland had hired Lefty Driesell to coach basketball. It marked a renaissance in sports interest in America's most transient of cities.

The hiring of Ted Williams sparked at least increased curiosity in the team. Williams' fanatic approach to hitting helped improve the Senators offense considerably, and inspired the team to its one and only winning season during its 10-year stay in Washington. For this remarkable turnaround, Williams was voted American League Manager of the Year. (Note: This was the only award that Ted Williams had ever won, but Joe DiMaggio had not.) As a result, attendance at RFK Stadium improved to over 900,000, the best attendance record the "new" Senators ever had.

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L GB Pct.
Baltimore Orioles 109 53 0 .673
Detroit Tigers 90 72 19.0 .556
Boston Red Sox 87 75 22.0 .537
Washington Senators 86 76 23.0 .531
New York Yankees 80 81 28.5 .497
Cleveland Indians 62 99 46.5 .385

Opening Day starters[edit]

President Richard Nixon throwing out the first pitch of the Senators' season in April 1969; manager Ted Williams is at left; owner Bob Short at right.

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1969 Washington Senators
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Casanova, PaulPaul Casanova 124 379 26 82 .216 4 37 0
1B Epstein, MikeMike Epstein 131 403 73 112 .278 30 85 2
2B Allen, BernieBernie Allen 122 365 33 90 .247 9 45 5
3B McMullen, KenKen McMullen 158 562 83 153 .272 19 87 4
SS Brinkman, EdEd Brinkman 151 576 71 153 .266 2 43 2
LF Howard, FrankFrank Howard 161 592 111 175 .296 48 111 1
CF Unser, DelDel Unser 153 581 69 166 .286 7 57 8
RF Maye, LeeLee Maye 71 238 41 69 .290 9 26 1

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Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Allen, HankHank Allen 109 271 42 75 .277 1 17 12
Cullen, TimTim Cullen 119 249 22 52 .209 1 15 1
Alyea, BrantBrant Alyea 104 237 29 59 .249 11 40 1
Stroud, EdEd Stroud 123 206 35 52 .252 4 29 12
French, JimJim French 63 158 14 29 .184 2 13 1
Versalles, ZoiloZoilo Versalles 31 75 9 20 .267 0 6 1
Bowens, SamSam Bowens 33 57 6 11 .193 0 4 1
Billings, DickDick Billings 27 37 3 5 .135 0 0 0
Holman, GaryGary Holman 41 31 1 5 .161 0 2 0
Smith, DickDick Smith 21 28 2 3 .107 0 0 0
Camilli, DougDoug Camilli 1 3 0 1 .333 0 0 0
Harrah, TobyToby Harrah 8 1 4 0 .000 0 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Coleman, JoeJoe Coleman 40 247.2 12 13 3.27 182
Hannan, JimJim Hannan 35 158.1 7 6 3.64 72
Bosman, DickDick Bosman 31 193 14 5 2.19 99
Moore, BarryBarry Moore 31 134 9 8 4.30 51
Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual 14 55.1 2 5 6.83 34

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Cox, CaseyCasey Cox 52 171.2 12 7 2.78 73
Shellenback, JimJim Shellenback 30 84.2 4 7 4.04 50
Bertaina, FrankFrank Bertaina 14 35.2 1 3 6.56 25
Carlos, CiscoCisco Carlos 6 17.2 1 1 4.58 5

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Higgins, DennisDennis Higgins 55 10 9 16 3.48 71
Knowles, DaroldDarold Knowles 53 9 2 13 2.24 59
Humphreys, BobBob Humphreys 47 3 3 5 3.05 43
Baldwin, DaveDave Baldwin 43 2 4 4 4.05 51
Miles, JimJim Miles 10 0 1 0 6.20 15
Dukes, JanJan Dukes 8 0 2 0 2.45 3
Kreutzer, FrankFrank Kreutzer 4 0 0 0 4.50 2

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Del Unser, American League Leader, Triples (8)[6]
  • Del Unser, American League Record, Fewest Triples in One Season by an American League Leader (8)[6]
  • Ted Williams, Associated Press AL Manager of the Year

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Buffalo Bisons International League Héctor López
AA Savannah Senators Southern League Hub Kittle
A Burlington Senators Carolina League Buddy Hicks and Bill Haywood
A Shelby Senators Western Carolinas League Joe Klein
Rookie Wytheville Senators Appalachian League Dick Gernert

Savannah affiliation shared with Houston Astros

Notes[edit]

References[edit]