1979 Oakland Athletics season

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1979 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 54–108 (.333)
Other information
Owner(s) Charles O. Finley
Manager(s) Jim Marshall
Local television KPIX-TV
(Monte Moore, Bob Waller)
Local radio KKIS
(Hal Ramey, Red Rush)
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The 1979 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's finishing 7th in the American League West with a record of 54 wins and 108 losses. Only 306,763 paying customers showed up to watch the A's in 1979, the team's worst attendance since leaving Philadelphia.

Team owner Charlie Finley nearly sold the team to buyers who would have moved them to New Orleans for 1979. Any deal to relocate fell through when the city of Oakland refused to release the A's from their lease. The city was in the midst of its battle with the Oakland Raiders over their move to Los Angeles and didn't want to lose both teams.

The Athletics' 54-108 finish remains, as of 2013, their worst (by far) since moving to Oakland in 1968. On a brighter note, the season saw the debut of Rickey Henderson. Henderson, a future Hall-of-Famer, would play for the team (in four separate stints) between 1979 and 1998.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On June 24, Rickey Henderson made his major league debut against the Texas Rangers. In four at bats, Henderson had two hits and a stolen base.[5]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
California Angels 88 74 -- .543
Kansas City Royals 85 77 3 .525
Texas Rangers 83 79 5 .512
Minnesota Twins 82 80 6 .506
Chicago White Sox 73 87 14 .456
Seattle Mariners 67 95 21 .414
Oakland Athletics 54 108 34 .333

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1979 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Newman, JeffJeff Newman 143 516 119 .231 22 71
1B Revering, DaveDave Revering 125 472 136 .288 19 77
2B Edwards, MikeMike Edwards 122 400 93 .233 1 23
LF Henderson, RickeyRickey Henderson 89 351 96 .274 1 26
DH Page, MitchellMitchell Page 133 478 118 .247 9 42

Other batters[edit]

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
Essian, JimJim Essian 98 313 76 .243 8 40
Murray, LarryLarry Murray 105 226 42 .186 2 20
Bryant, DerekDerek Bryant 39 106 19 .179 0 13
Diloné, MiguelMiguel Diloné 30 91 17 .187 1 6
Burke, GlennGlenn Burke 23 89 19 .213 0 4
Wallis, JoeJoe Wallis 23 78 11 .141 1 3
Klutts, MickeyMickey Klutts 24 73 14 .192 1 4
Ramírez, MiltMilt Ramírez 28 62 10 .161 0 3

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
Keough, MattMatt Keough 30 176.2 2 17 5.04 95
Johnson, John HenryJohn Henry Johnson 14 84.2 2 8 4.36 50

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
Norris, MikeMike Norris 29 146.1 5 8 4.80 96
Minetto, CraigCraig Minetto 36 118.1 1 5 5.55 64
Hamilton, DaveDave Hamilton 40 82.2 3 4 3.70 52
Wirth, AlanAlan Wirth 5 12 1 0 6.00 7

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
Todd, JimJim Todd 51 2 5 2 6.56 26

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Ogden A's Pacific Coast League José Pagán
AA Waterbury A's Eastern League Ed Nottle
A Modesto A's California League Gaylen Pitts
Short-Season A Medford A's Northwest League Rich Morales

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