1969 Seattle Pilots: Major League Baseball's One-Year Team

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The Mariners were not Seattle's first major league baseball team. In 1937, Seattle businessman Emil Sick bought the city's failing Pacific Coast League team, the Indians, renamed them the Rainiers and constructed a new, state-of-the-art stadium. Over the next few decades, at least two teams-the Kansas City A's and the Cleveland Indians-would consider relocating to Seattle, and both PCL president Dewey Soriano and Cleveland Indians owner William Daly lobbied to bring a major league team to the booming city. Their ...
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The Mariners were not Seattle's first major league baseball team. In 1937, Seattle businessman Emil Sick bought the city's failing Pacific Coast League team, the Indians, renamed them the Rainiers and constructed a new, state-of-the-art stadium. Over the next few decades, at least two teams-the Kansas City A's and the Cleveland Indians-would consider relocating to Seattle, and both PCL president Dewey Soriano and Cleveland Indians owner William Daly lobbied to bring a major league team to the booming city. Their efforts paid off in 1967, when despite shrinking Rainiers attendance figures, Seattle was awarded the second of two American League expansion teams. For one season-1969-Sick's Stadium became the home of the Seattle Pilots.

From the earliest days of the franchise through their final move, this book tells the story of the first one-year team in the American or National League since 1901 (when, ironically, the Milwaukee Brewers left town after the AL's first year of major-league status). After a concise discussion of Seattle's amateur and minor league history, the main text provides a detailed account of the efforts to bring major league baseball to town, the first team draft, the 1969 spring training and regular season, the attempt to save the team, and finally the move to Milwaukee. Brief interviews with fourteen players round out the text. Tables including a team roster, final league standings, wins and losses and player stats are also provided.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786427864
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/27/2006
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 797,308
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Hogan is a New York City firefighter and lives in Breezy Point, New York. His previous books include The Old Firehouse and America's Ballparks.

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Table of Contents


Preface     1
Early Seattle Baseball     3
Emil Sick and the PCL     7
A New Beginning     14
Building a Team     16
Getting Ready     22
Birth of a Team     27
The Season's First Half     32
The Season Continues     89
The Failure     124
The End     132
Pilots Interviews     145
By the Numbers     179
Notes     191
Bibliography     193
Index     195
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