1966 Amateur Draft

From BR Bullpen

The top selection of the 1966 Amateur Draft, Steve Chilcott, is one of only three first overall picks not to make the majors (Brien Taylor and Mark Appel are the others). The player chosen immediately after Chilcott was future Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson.

1966 was also the first year in which a January draft was held in addition to the regular June draft. The practice of holding two drafts per year would last until the 1986 Amateur Draft, after which it was discontinued.

In the 10th Round, the New York Yankees selected future NFL star Ken Stabler.

1966 First Round Picks[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 New York Mets Steve Chilcott C Antelope Valley High School (HS) Lancaster, CA
2 Kansas City Athletics Reggie Jackson OF Arizona State University (Col.) Wyncote, PA
3 Houston Astros Wayne Twitchell RHP Wilson High School (Portland) (HS) Portland, OR
4 Boston Red Sox Ken Brett LHP El Segundo High School (HS) El Segundo, CA
5 Chicago Cubs Dean Burk RHP Highland High School (HS) Highland, IL
6 Washington Senators Tom Grieve OF Pittsfield (MA) High School (HS) Pittsfield, MA
7 St. Louis Cardinals Leron Lee OF Grant Union High School (Sacramento) (HS) Sacramento, CA
8 California Angels Jim DeNeff SS Indiana University (Col.) [[]]
9 Philadelphia Phillies Mike Biko RHP Samuell High School (HS) Dallas, TX
10 New York Yankees Jim Lyttle OF Florida State University (Col.) Hamilton, OH
11 Atlanta Braves Al Santorini RHP Union (NJ) High School (HS) Union, NJ
12 Cleveland Indians John Curtis LHP Smithtown High School (HS) Smithtown, NY Did not sign
13 Cincinnati Reds Gary Nolan RHP Oroville High School (HS) Oroville, CA
14 Detroit Tigers Rick Konik 1B St. Andrews High School (HS) Detroit, MI Did not sign
15 Pittsburgh Pirates Richie Hebner SS Norwood (MA) High School (HS) Norwood, MA
16 Baltimore Orioles Ted Parks SS University of California (Col.) [[]]
17 San Francisco Giants Bob Reynolds RHP Ingraham High School (HS) Seattle, WA
18 Chicago White Sox Carlos May OF Parker High School (Birmingham) (HS) Birmingham, AL
19 Los Angeles Dodgers Larry Hutton RHP Greenfield High School (HS) Greenfield, IN
20 Minnesota Twins Bob Jones 3B Dawson County High School (HS) or Dawson High School (HS) Dawsonville, GA or Dawson, GA

January 1966 amateur draft[edit]

Pick Team Player Position School (Type) Hometown Notes
1 Kansas City Athletics Don Lohse RHP Indiana University Bloomington (Coll.) St. Louis, MO
2 New York Mets Barry Carter SS Chambersburg Area Senior High School (H.S.) Chambersburg, PA
3 Boston Red Sox James Rife C Lebanon Valley College (Coll.) Did not sign
4 Houston Astros Tom Griffin RHP Ulysses S. Grant High School (Van Nuys) (H.S.)
5 Washington Senators Timothy Zajeski RHP

Other Notable Selections[edit]

Clay Kirby (3rd round); Steve Garvey (3rd round - did not sign); Mike Jorgensen (4th round); Dave Cash, Cliff Johnson (5th round); Charlie Hough (8th round); Bill Russell (9th round); Steve Braun (10th round); Ted Sizemore (15th round); Andy Messersmith, Joe Niekro, Del Unser (secondary phase)