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The American League expanded by two teams in 1977 after Seattle was promised a franchise by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn following the departure of the Seattle Pilots, created in the expansion of 1969, after their inaugural season. During the summer of 1975, there was speculation that the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, or San Francisco Giants could move to Seattle. When none of these plans proved successful, the American League added a team in Seattle. With thirteen teams in a league creating a scheduling nightmare, the league awarded a franchise to Toronto over Washington, DC in March 1976.

[edit] Expansion Draft

On November 5, 1976, an expansion draft was held for the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays, expansion clubs that would begin play in 1977. The Mariners picked Kansas City Royals outfielder Ruppert Jones with their first pick. The Blue Jays took Bob Bailor of the Baltimore Orioles as their first selection.

November 5,1976

Selection Player Pos Team Selecting team
Round 1
1 Ruppert Jones OF Royals Seattle Mariners
2 Bob Bailor OF-SS Orioles Toronto Blue Jays
3 Gary Wheelock P Angels Mariners
4 Jerry Garvin P Twins Blue Jays
5 Bill Stein 3B White Sox Mariners
6 Jim Clancy P Rangers Blue Jays
7 Dick Pole P Red Sox Mariners
8 Gary Woods OF A's Blue Jays
9 Dan Meyer 1B Tigers Mariners
10 Rico Carty DH Indians Blue Jays
11 Grant Jackson P Yankees M's
12 Butch Edge P Brewers Blue Jays
Round 2
13 Al Fitzmorris P Royals Blue Jays
14 Dave Collins OF Angels Mariners
15 Al Woods OF Twins Blue Jays
16 Frank MacCormack P Tigers Mariners
17 Mike Darr P Orioles Blue Jays
18 Stan Thomas P Indians Mariners
19 Pete Vuckovich P White Sox Blue Jays
20 Juan Bernhardt OF Yankees Mariners
21 Jeff Byrd P Rangers Blue Jays
22 Rick Jones P Red Sox Mariners
23 Steve Bowling OF Brewers Blue Jays
24 Glenn Abbott P A's Mariners
Round 3
25 Bob Stinson C Royals Mariners
26 Dennis DeBarr P Tigers Blue Jays
27 Carlos Lopez OF Angels Mariners
28 Bill Singer P Twins Blue Jays
29 Dave Pagan P Orioles Mariners
30 Jim Mason SS Yankees Blue Jays
31 Roy Thomas P White Sox Mariners
32 Doug Ault 1B Rangers Blue Jays
33 Tom McMillan SS Indians Mariners
34 Ernie Whitt C Red Sox Blue Jays
35 Pete Broberg P Brewers Mariners
36 Mike Weathers IF A's Blue Jays
Round 4
37 Steve Staggs 2B Royals Blue Jays
38 Steve Braun OF Twins Mariners
39 Steve Hargan P Rangers Blue Jays
40 Leroy Stanton OF Angels Mariners
41 Garth Iorg 3B Yankees Blue Jays
42 Bob Galasso P Orioles Mariners
43 Dave Lemanczyk P Tigers Blue Jays
44 Steve Burke P Red Sox Mariners
45 Larry Anderson P Brewers Blue Jays
46 Joe Lis 1B Indians Mariners
47 Jesse Jefferson P White Sox Blue Jays
48 Alan Griffin P A's Mariners
Round 5
49 Dave McKay 2B-3B Twins Blue Jays
50 Bill Laxton P Tigers Mariners
51 Tom Bruno P Royals Blue Jays
52 Julio Cruz 2B Angels Mariners
53 Otto Velez OF Yankees Blue Jays
54 Steve Barr P Rangers Mariners
55 Mike Willis P Orioles Blue Jays
56 Puchy Delgado OF Red Sox Mariners
57 Sam Ewing OF White Sox Blue Jays
58 Tommy Smith OF Indians Mariners
59 Leon Hooten P A's Blue Jays
60 Greg Erardi P Brewers Mariners

[edit] Related Sites

  • Frank Zimniuch: Baseball's New Frontier: A History of Expansion, 1961-1998, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2013. ISBN 978-0803239944
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