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 televisionWTOP
Local radioWWDC (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' fanatical approach to hitting helped improve the Senators offense considerably, and inspired the team to its one and only winning season during its 11-year stay in Washington. The Senators won 86 games, 21 more than in 1968, and improved from last place in the ten-team 1968 American League to one game out of third in the new AL East division. For this remarkable turnaround, Williams was voted American League Manager of the Year. As a result, attendance at RFK Stadium improved to over 900,000, the highest attendance for the "new" Senators.

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 109 53 0.673 60–21 49–32
Detroit Tigers 90 72 0.556 19 46–35 44–37
Boston Red Sox 87 75 0.537 22 46–35 41–40
Washington Senators 86 76 0.531 23 47–34 39–42
New York Yankees 80 81 0.497 28½ 48–32 32–49
Cleveland Indians 62 99 0.385 46½ 33–48 29–51

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1969 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA WSH
Baltimore 10–8 6–6 9–3 13–5 11–7 11–1 8–4 11–7 8–4 9–3 13–5
Boston 8–10 8–4 5–7 12–6 10–8 10–2 7–5 11–7 4–8 6–6 6–12
California 6–6 4–8 9–9 8–4 5–7 9–9 7–11 3–9 6–12 9–9–1 5–7
Chicago 3–9 7–5 9–9 8–4 3–9 8–10 5–13 3–9 8–10 10–8 4–8
Cleveland 5–13 6–12 4–8 4–8 7–11 7–5 5–7 9–8 5–7 7–5 3–15
Detroit 7–11 8–10 7–5 9–3 11–7 8–4 6–6 10–8 7–5 10–2 7–11
Kansas City 1–11 2–10 9–9 10–8 5–7 4–8 8–10 5–7–1 8–10 10–8 7–5
Minnesota 4–8 5–7 11–7 13–5 7–5 6–6 10–8 10–2 13–5 12–6 6–6
New York 7–11 7–11 9–3 9–3 8–9 8–10 7–5–1 2–10 6–6 7–5 10–8
Oakland 4–8 8–4 12–6 10–8 7–5 5–7 10–8 5–13 6–6 13–5 8–4
Seattle 3–9 6–6 9–9–1 8–10 5–7 2–10 8–10 6–12 5–7 5–13 7–5
Washington 5–13 12–6 7–5 8–4 15–3 11–7 5–7 6–6 8–10 4–8 5–7


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.

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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 Paul Casanova 124 379 26 82 .216 4 37 0
1B Mike Epstein 131 403 73 112 .278 30 85 2
2B Bernie Allen 122 365 33 90 .247 9 45 5
3B Ken McMullen 158 562 83 153 .272 19 87 4
SS Ed Brinkman 151 576 71 153 .266 2 43 2
LF Frank Howard 161 592 111 175 .296 48 111 1
CF Del Unser 153 581 69 166 .286 7 57 8
RF Lee 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
Hank Allen 109 271 42 75 .277 1 17 12
Tim Cullen 119 249 22 52 .209 1 15 1
Brant Alyea 104 237 29 59 .249 11 40 1
Ed Stroud 123 206 35 52 .252 4 29 12
Jim French 63 158 14 29 .184 2 13 1
Zoilo Versalles 31 75 9 20 .267 0 6 1
Sam Bowens 33 57 6 11 .193 0 4 1
Dick Billings 27 37 3 5 .135 0 0 0
Gary Holman 41 31 1 5 .161 0 2 0
Dick Smith 21 28 2 3 .107 0 0 0
Doug Camilli 1 3 0 1 .333 0 0 0
Toby 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
Joe Coleman 40 247.2 12 13 3.27 182
Jim Hannan 35 158.1 7 6 3.64 72
Dick Bosman 31 193 14 5 2.19 99
Barry Moore 31 134 9 8 4.30 51
Camilo 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
Casey Cox 52 171.2 12 7 2.78 73
Jim Shellenback 30 84.2 4 7 4.04 50
Frank Bertaina 14 35.2 1 3 6.56 25
Cisco 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
Dennis Higgins 55 10 9 16 3.48 71
Darold Knowles 53 9 2 13 2.24 59
Bob Humphreys 47 3 3 5 3.05 43
Dave Baldwin 43 2 4 4 4.05 51
Jim Miles 10 0 1 0 6.20 15
Jan Dukes 8 0 2 0 2.45 3
Frank Kreutzer 4 0 0 0 4.50 2

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Del Unser, American League Leader, Triples (8)[7]
  • Del Unser, American League Record, Fewest Triples in One Season by an American League Leader (8)[7]
  • 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]

  1. ^ John Orsino at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/WS2/WS2196904070.shtml
  3. ^ Dave Moates at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Dave Criscione at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Lee Maye at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/WSA/1969.shtml
  7. ^ a b Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.96, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0

References[edit]