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Record: 69-93, Finished 4th in AL Western Division (1969 AL)

Managed by Joe Gordon

Coaches: Harry Dunlop, Owen Friend, Mel Harder, and Jo-Jo White

Ballpark: Municipal Stadium

[edit] History, Comments, Contributions

1969 was the first year in the history of the Kansas City Royals, but the Kansas City Athletics had played their last season in Kansas City only two years before.

Like the 1967 Athletics, the 1969 Royals team was very young. Five regulars were rookies, as were three starting pitchers. One of the rookies, outfielder Lou Piniella, was named the winner of the 1969 American League Rookie of the Year Award. Only one regular was older than thirty, and the oldest starting pitcher was twenty-six. Only two position players were older than thirty, while three pitchers were thirty-plus.

Although the Royals' debut season was not especially successful, the infamous Joe Foy trade in December of 1969 netted future star Amos Otis.

[edit] 1969 Opening Day Lineup

Lou Piniella, cf

Jerry Adair, 2b

Ed Kirkpatrick, lf

Joe Foy, 3b

Chuck Harrison, 1b

Bob Oliver, rf

Ellie Rodriguez, c

Jackie Hernandez, ss

Wally Bunker, p

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