1966 Amateur Draft
The top selection of the 1966 Amateur Draft, Steve Chilcott, is one of only two first overall picks not to make the majors (Brien Taylor is the other). 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.
1966 First Round Picks
January 1966 amateur draft
|1||Kansas City Athletics||Don Lohse||RHP||Indiana University Bloomington (Coll.)|
|2||New York Mets||Barry Carter||SS||Chambersburg Area Senior High School (H.S.)||Did not sign|
|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
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)