Kansas City Chiefs
|Home Field||Arrowhead Stadium|
|City||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Colors||Red, white and gold|
|Head Coach||Dick Vermeil|
|All-Time Record (W-L-T)
(At Start of 2005 Season)
The Kansas City Chiefs are a National Football League team based in Kansas City, Missouri.
The team is owned by Lamar Hunt, who founded the team along with their original league, the American Football League, in 1960. The Dallas Texans, as they were known then, defeated the Houston Oilers in a dramatic 1962 AFL championship which went into double overtime. The Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City in 1963. The name, "Chiefs" was selected by a fan contest, and is derived from the then-Mayor of Kansas City, H. Roe Bartle. Bartle was the founder of the Native American-based honor society known as The Tribe of Mic-O-Say within the Boy Scouts of America organization, which earned him the nickname, "The Chief," and was instumental in persuading Lamar Hunt to move his team to Mid-America. It is said that Hunt actually considered keeping the team name as it was, and playing as the "Kansas City Texans."[1 (http://www.kcchiefs.com/history/60s/)]
The Texans/Chiefs franchise was the flagship team of the American Football League, with the most playoff appearances as an AFL team, six (tied with Oakland), the most American Football League Championships (3), and the most Super Bowl appearances, playing in the first Super Bowl, and in the last to be played between League champions. The Texans won the classic 1962 double-overtime AFL championship game against the Houston Oilers, 20 - 17, at the time the longest, and still one of the best professional football championship games ever played. The Chiefs dropped the first Super Bowl to the Packers, then pulverized the Vikings 23 - 7 in the final "true" AFL-NFL World Championsip game after the AFL's last season in 1969. They have the largest presence in the American Football League Hall of Fame, with 24 representatives, and they had just one coach throughout their AFL history, Hall-of-Famer Hank Stram.
The Kansas City Chiefs' (under Dallas Texans name) first stadium was at 22nd and Brooklyn, called "Municipal Stadium". Municipal Stadium opened in 1923 and had 49,002 seats. In 1971, Municipal Stadium was abandoned in favor of the new Arrowhead Stadium. Municipal Stadium was demolished in 1976; it is now a community garden. The Chiefs' first game at Arrowhead Stadium was against the St. Louis Cardinals (Chiefs 24, St. Louis Cardinals 14).
As the Chiefs, under coach Hank Stram, the team played in the first Super Bowl, losing 35-10 to Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. They earned revenge three years later, upsetting the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. The team won 43 games between 1966 and 1969. The Chiefs had only two winning seasons between 1974 and 1986. They did not get to the playoffs for 15 straight years.
In 1989, Carl Peterson became the team's new President and General Manager. Peterson hired Marty Schottenheimer as the team's coach. Marty Schottenheimer helped establish six straight playoff appearances, three AFC West championships, nine winning seasons, and 76 consecutive soldout games at Arrowhead. Since 1992, no NFL team has a better regular season home winning percentage than Kansas City (27-5 (.844) record).
After going from 13-3 in 1997 and losing the playoff game to the Denver Broncos (10-14), the Chiefs fell to 7-9 in 1998. Marty Schottenheimer took much of the blame for his failed attempts at clock control (also nicknamed Martyball by his critics). He was also in the midst of a quarterback controversy.
In 1997, he started with Elvis Grbac as quarterback. After a loss to Denver, Grbac was injured and Rich Gannon took over. After going 13-2 during the season, Gannon was replaced by Grbac in the playoff game against Denver. The choice to play Grbac over Gannon made many fans angry with Schottenheimer. The following losing seaon with Grbac at quarterback did not help.
Schottenheimer left as head coach, replaced by his defensive coach Gunther Cunningham. In two years, Cunningham showed little improvement, going 9-7 and 7-9. After the loss of Derrick Thomas, the collapse of the defense was unmistakable. The Chiefs' wins were mostly made by a high scoring offense rather than a powerful defense.
After coaching the St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl and retiring, Dick Vermeil took over as head coach in 2001 with the statement that it takes three years to get a team ready for the Super Bowl. He immediately dropped Elvis Grbac, replacing him with his primary pick for the Rams' quartback, Trent Green. Another notable replacement was Priest Holmes at running back. Three years later, the Chiefs went 13-3 in 2003 and set many records along the way. However, the season sputtered by November and the Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs. As with the loss to the Broncos in the 1997 season, this loss led to a poor following season.
In 2004 Gunther Cunningham was brought back as the defensive coach. However, the defense showed little improvement. The offense, unable to record the same high scores as the previous year, was unable to bring in the wins as they had the previous year.
The following are team and league records. They may have been surpassed between the time of making the record and the current date. Records are listed in chronological order.
Items are listed as Player Name (date inducted; years played as a chief) Short Bio. Names are in italics for players who made a majority of their contributions with another team.
External Link: Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame (http://www.kcchiefs.com/halloffame/)
External Link: Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame (http://www.kcchiefs.com/halloffame/).
They may have been surpassed between the time of making the record and the current date. The Phillies took the series against the A's, 2-1. The following are team and league records. Ceremonies were held for the first game of the 3 game series at Veterans Stadium, as former Philadelphia A's players were honored on the field. The offense, unable to record the same high scores as the previous year, was unable to bring in the wins as they had the previous year. However, since the teams never faced each other in the World Series, they never played each other in games that counted; interleague play made the recent matchup possible. However, the defense showed little improvement. Previously they had only played each other in exhibition games, dubbed "The City Series", which was played annually.
In 2004 Gunther Cunningham was brought back as the defensive coach. The Athletics played their former co-occupants of Shibe Park, the Phillies, for the first time in a championship season in June of 2003. As with the loss to the Broncos in the 1997 season, this loss led to a poor following season. While not ruling out relocating the A's elsewhere in the Bay Area, Wolff has stated his primary focus is finding a site in Oakland for a new baseball-only stadium. However, the season sputtered by November and the Chiefs lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs. Rumors speculate that he wishes to move the team to San Jose, but those plans are complicated by the claims of the cross-bay San Francisco Giants that they own the territorial rights to San Jose and Santa Clara County. Three years later, the Chiefs went 13-3 in 2003 and set many records along the way. On March 30, 2005, the Athletics were sold to a group headed by Los Angeles real estate developer Lewis Wolff.
Another notable replacement was Priest Holmes at running back. Following this trend, some speculated that Barry Zito could land with a team in the National League West before Opening Day 2005, but no such trade happened. He immediately dropped Elvis Grbac, replacing him with his primary pick for the Rams' quartback, Trent Green. Louis Cardinals. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl and retiring, Dick Vermeil took over as head coach in 2001 with the statement that it takes three years to get a team ready for the Super Bowl. After the 2004 season, Athletics General Manager Billy Beane shocked many by breaking up the Big Three, trading Tim Hudson to the Atlanta Braves and Mark Mulder to the St. After coaching the St. West Division.
The Chiefs' wins were mostly made by a high scoring offense rather than a powerful defense. In 2004, the Athletics finished in 2nd place in the A.L. After the loss of Derrick Thomas, the collapse of the defense was unmistakable. After becoming free agents, Giambi left for the New York Yankees after the 2001 season, while Tejada departed for the Baltimore Orioles after the 2003 season. In two years, Cunningham showed little improvement, going 9-7 and 7-9. In recent years, the Athletics were best known for starting pitchers Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry Zito, collectively referred to as “The Big Three,” as well as infielders Eric Chavez, Jason Giambi, and Miguel Tejada. Schottenheimer left as head coach, replaced by his defensive coach Gunther Cunningham. In two of those years (2001 against New York and 2003 against Boston), the Athletics won the first two games of the series, only to lose the next three straight and hence the playoffs.
The following losing seaon with Grbac at quarterback did not help. The Athletics made the post season playoffs for four straight years, 2000-2003, but lost the first round (best 3-out-of-5) in each case, 3 games to 2. The choice to play Grbac over Gannon made many fans angry with Schottenheimer. West Division, but could not advance beyond the first round of playoffs. After going 13-2 during the season, Gannon was replaced by Grbac in the playoff game against Denver. Perhaps as a result, the A’s at the turn of the 21st century were a team that usually finished at or near the top of the A.L. After a loss to Denver, Grbac was injured and Rich Gannon took over. The Schott-Hofmann ownership allocated resources to building and maintaining a strong minor league system while almost always refusing to pay the going rate to keep star players on the team once they become free agents.
In 1997, he started with Elvis Grbac as quarterback. Ever since that time, ownership has stated that a new baseball-only facility is necessary to ensure the economic viability of the Athletics. He was also in the midst of a quarterback controversy. They chose 9,300-seat Cashman Field in Las Vegas, playing six "home" games there. Marty Schottenheimer took much of the blame for his failed attempts at clock control (also nicknamed Martyball by his critics). The Athletics were forced to play their first homestand elsewhere. After going from 13-3 in 1997 and losing the playoff game to the Denver Broncos (10-14), the Chiefs fell to 7-9 in 1998. The final insult was that construction was not finished by the start of the 1996 season.
Since 1992, no NFL team has a better regular season home winning percentage than Kansas City (27-5 (.844) record). The bucolic view of the Oakland foothills enjoyed by baseball spectators was replaced with a jarring view of an outfield grandstand contemptuously referred to as "Mount Davis" after Raiders' owner Al Davis. Marty Schottenheimer helped establish six straight playoff appearances, three AFC West championships, nine winning seasons, and 76 consecutive soldout games at Arrowhead. The agreement called for the expansion of the Coliseum to more than 63,000 seats. Peterson hired Marty Schottenheimer as the team's coach. Then, in 1994, a deal was struck whereby the Los Angeles Raiders would move back to Oakland for the 1995 season. In 1989, Carl Peterson became the team's new President and General Manager. After the Oakland Raiders football team moved to Los Angeles in 1982, many improvements were made to what had become a baseball-only facility.
They did not get to the playoffs for 15 straight years. The Oakland Coliseum, though built as a multi-purpose facility, was considered by many to be one of the better ballparks in the major leagues. The Chiefs had only two winning seasons between 1974 and 1986. The new owners were faced with another problematic issue, that of the venue where the team played. The team won 43 games between 1966 and 1969. In a turn of events eerily reminiscent of the A’s Roger Maris trade 28 years before, Mark McGwire celebrated his first full season with the Cardinals by setting a new major league home run record! In fact, McGwire came close to the record in 1997, when he split 58 homers between the A's and the Cards. They earned revenge three years later, upsetting the Minnesota Vikings 23-7. Louis Cardinals, including McGwire, Eckersley, and manager La Russa.
As the Chiefs, under coach Hank Stram, the team played in the first Super Bowl, losing 35-10 to Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers. Many landed with the St. Louis Cardinals 14). Once again, the Athletics’ star players were traded or sold, as the new owners’ goal was to cut payroll drastically. Louis Cardinals (Chiefs 24, St. Walter Haas died in 1995, and the team was sold to San Francisco Bay Area real estate developers Stephen Schott (no relation to one-time Cincinnati Reds’ owner Marge Schott) and Kenneth Hofmann, prior to the 1996 season. The Chiefs' first game at Arrowhead Stadium was against the St. They restored the team’s official name of “Athletics” in 1981, having been discarded by Charles Finley in favor of simply “A’s.” And, after a 23-year hiatus, the elephant was restored as the club mascot in 1986.
Municipal Stadium was demolished in 1976; it is now a community garden. During the 15 years of Haas ownership, the Athletics became one of baseball’s most successful teams at the gate, drawing 2,900,217 in 1990, still the club record for single season attendance, as well as on the field. In 1971, Municipal Stadium was abandoned in favor of the new Arrowhead Stadium. West championship in 1992 (but losing to Toronto in the ALCS), then finishing last in 1993. The Kansas City Chiefs' (under Dallas Texans name) first stadium was at 22nd and Brooklyn, called "Municipal Stadium". Municipal Stadium opened in 1923 and had 49,002 seats. The team began a slow but steady decline, winning the A.L. They have the largest presence in the American Football League Hall of Fame, with 24 representatives, and they had just one coach throughout their AFL history, Hall-of-Famer Hank Stram. The A’s lone victory was a 4-game sweep of their cross-bay rivals, the San Francisco Giants, in the 1989 World Series.
The Chiefs dropped the first Super Bowl to the Packers, then pulverized the Vikings 23 - 7 in the final "true" AFL-NFL World Championsip game after the AFL's last season in 1969. (In an almost-unrelated side note, Chicago columnist Mike Royko had predicted a Reds victory due to the "ex-Cub factor" - the A's had three ex-Cubs on their team). The Texans won the classic 1962 double-overtime AFL championship game against the Houston Oilers, 20 - 17, at the time the longest, and still one of the best professional football championship games ever played. The Athletics lost the World Series in 1988 and 1990, losing the latter to the underdog Cincinnati Reds in a shocking 4-game sweep reminiscent of the A’s loss to the Braves 76 years earlier. The Texans/Chiefs franchise was the flagship team of the American Football League, with the most playoff appearances as an AFL team, six (tied with Oakland), the most American Football League Championships (3), and the most Super Bowl appearances, playing in the first Super Bowl, and in the last to be played between League champions. Regular season dominance did not translate into post-season success, however. It is said that Hunt actually considered keeping the team name as it was, and playing as the "Kansas City Texans."[1 (http://www.kcchiefs.com/history/60s/)]. Reminiscent of their Philadelphia predecessors, this A’s team finished with the best record of any team in the major leagues during all 3 years, winning 104 (1988), 99 (1989), and 103 (1990) games, featuring such stars as McGwire, Canseco, Weiss, Carney Lansford, Dave Stewart, and Dennis Eckersley.
Bartle was the founder of the Native American-based honor society known as The Tribe of Mic-O-Say within the Boy Scouts of America organization, which earned him the nickname, "The Chief," and was instumental in persuading Lamar Hunt to move his team to Mid-America. pennant three years in a row. Roe Bartle. In 1987, La Russa’s first full year as manager, the team finished at 81-81, its best record in 7 seasons. Beginning in 1988, the Athletics won the A.L. The name, "Chiefs" was selected by a fan contest, and is derived from the then-Mayor of Kansas City, H. During the 1986 season, Tony La Russa was hired as the Athletics’ manager, a post he held until the end of 1995. The Dallas Texans moved to Kansas City in 1963. Rookies of the Year.
The Dallas Texans, as they were known then, defeated the Houston Oilers in a dramatic 1962 AFL championship which went into double overtime. Under the Haas ownership, the minor league system was rebuilt, which bore fruition later that decade as Athletics Josť Canseco (1986), Mark McGwire (1987) and Walt Weiss (1988) were chosen as A.L. The team is owned by Lamar Hunt, who founded the team along with their original league, the American Football League, in 1960. (then president of Levi Strauss & Co.) prior to the 1981 season. The Kansas City Chiefs are a National Football League team based in Kansas City, Missouri. Haas, Jr. Jack Steadman (General Manager). He then looked to local buyers, selling the Athletics to San Francisco clothing manufacturer Walter A.
Lloyd Burruss. Though Finley found a buyer who would have moved the Athletics to Denver, the tentative deal was voided when the Oakland Coliseum refused to let the team out of its lease. Tony Reed. As his estranged wife would not accept part of a baseball team in a property settlement, the team had to be sold. Smith. The man who brought American League baseball to the San Francisco Bay Area was being sued for a divorce. T. But, the Finley era was coming to a close.
J. Martin made believers of his young charges, “Billyball” was used to market the team, and the Athletics finished second in 1980. Gary Barbaro. In a masterstroke, Finley hired Billy Martin to manage the young team. Jerrell Wilson (Punter 1963-77; Chiefs Hall of Fame 1987, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). After three dismal seasons on the field and at the gate, the team started to gel again. Tyrer is a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). In 1979, only 306,763 paying customers showed up to watch the A's, the team's worst attendance since leaving Philadelphia.
Jim Tyrer (Tackle 1969 Super Bowl IV Champion; 6-foot-6, 270 pound Tackle would take on two defensive linemen at once. The 1977 version of the A’s finished in last place, behind even the expansion Seattle Mariners, who entered the American League that year. Died shortly after a car accident in 2000). Three thousand miles and several decades later, one of baseball’s most storied franchises suffered yet another dismemberment of a dynasty team. Derrick Thomas (school record with 52 quarterback sacks and 74 tackles behind the line of scrimmage; Finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting; Kansas City Chief for eleven years; team career records: 119.5 sacks, 3 safeties and 18 fumble recoveries. After 1976 the season, most of the Athletics’ veteran players did become eligible for free agency, and predictably almost all left. Otis Taylor (46-yard touchdown reception in Super Bowl IV, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Three days later, Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voided the transactions in the “best interests of baseball.”.
5, 1980].). On June 15, 1976, Finley sold left fielder Rudi and relief pitcher Fingers to Boston for $1 million apiece, and pitcher Blue to the New York Yankees for $1.5 million. Oakland [Oct. Like his predecessor Connie Mack had done twice before, Charles Finley reacted by trading star players and attempting to sell others. Art Still (Career Sacks, 72.5, 1978-87; Season Sacks, 14.5 1980 and 1984; Game Sacks, 4.0 : vs. The balance of power had shifted from the owners to the players for the first time since the days of the Federal League. A member of the All-time All-AFL team, one of only twenty players who were in the American Football League for its entire ten-year existence, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Thus, all players not signed to multi-year contracts would be eligible for free agency at the end of the 1976 season.
Johnny Robinson (In Super Bowl IV, helped defeat the Vikings, 23-7, picking off a Joe Kapp pass). Arbitrator Seitz had ruled that baseball’s reserve clause only bound players for one season after their contract expired. Christian Okoye (Nigerian; omitted from his Country's Olympic team in track and field; drafted in 1987 by the Chiefs in the second round; Chiefs rushing records, including total yards in a season, attempts in a season, touchdowns in a season, attempts in a single game, 100-yard games in a season, and was the first Chiefs running back to rush for 1,000 yards for more than one season.). As the 1976 season got underway, the basic rules of player contracts were changing. Curtis McClinton (scored a touchdown in Super Bowl I). Despite the loss of Hunter, the A’s repeated as West Division champions in 1975, but lost the ALCS to Boston in a 3-game sweep. Bill Maas. As a result, Hunter became a free agent, and signed a contract with the New York Yankees for the 1975 season.
Also played for the San Diego Chargers and the Houston Oilers, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). On December 13, 1974, arbitrator Peter Seitz ruled in Hunter’s favor. Ernie Ladd (Defensive tackle; 1967-1968. After the Athletics' victory in the 1974 World Series, pitcher Catfish Hunter filed a grievance, claiming that the team had violated its contract with Hunter by failing to make timely payment on an insurance policy during the 1974 season as called for. Bobby Hunt (1962 [Dallas Texans] - 1967 [Kansas City Chiefs]; Defensive Back, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Reggie Jackson reported in his autobiography that when he asked for a raise following the 1972 season, Finley told him that his World Series check was his "raise". Holub (started the first world championship game between the AFL and NFL (before it was called the Super Bowl) at linebacker and started Super Bowl IV, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). One tradition carried on from Philadelphia, which continues even into the 21st Century, is the low budget for players' salaries.
E.J. A contemporary book about the team was called Moustache Gang. Headrick played the entire game and the next game. Headrick is a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). the Squares,” as Cincinnati wore traditional uniforms and forbade facial hair on its players. Sherrill "Psycho" Headrick (Texan and Chief linebacker that withstood pain and injury when he played with a fractured neck vertebrae. The 1972 World Series against the heavily favored Cincinnati Reds was termed “The Hairs vs. All-time AFL leader in all-purpose yards with 12,065, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Furthermore, in conjunction with a Mustache Day promotion, Finley offered $500 to any player who grew a mustache, at a time when every other team forbade facial hair.
Abner Haynes (1960 Rookie of the Year and MVP. Beginning in 1972, the Athletics began wearing jerseys of solid green or solid gold color, with contrasting white pants, at a time when all other teams wore all-white uniforms at home and all-grey ones on the road. In June 29, 1983, Joe drowned attempting to rescue two boys from a rain-swollen pit shortly after rescuing one other; posthumously awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal and the NCAA Award of Valor.) 37Forever.org (http://www.37forever.org) was formed to teach KC area kids how to swim in honor of the valor that Joe Delaney demonstrated. The A’s teams of the 1970s were also known for their sartorial and tonsorial appearance. Joe Delaney (Running back 1981-82, Rookie of the Year 1981, Pro Bowl 1981, College Football Hall of Fame 1997, Chiefs Hall of Fame 2004. Players such as Reggie Jackson, Sal Bando, Joe Rudi, Bert Campaneris, Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers, and Vida Blue formed the nucleus of these teams. Deron Cherry (50 interceptions; 15 career fumble recoveries; Byron White Humanitarian Award for service to his team, community, and country). Finley termed this team the “Swingin’ A’s.” The players, in turn, often said they played so well as a team due to their universal dislike for their employer.
Chris Burford (391 Pass Receptions, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). Unlike earlier Athletic championship teams, which thoroughly dominated their opposition, the A’s teams of the 1970s played well enough to win their division, then defeated teams that had won more games during the regular season, with good pitching, good defense, and clutch hitting. Ed Budde (14 years as a Chief, member of the All-time AFL team, and a member of the American Football League Hall of Fame.). The Athletics won World Series championships in 1972, 1973 and 1974. #82 Dante Hall (NFL record returning a kick or a punt for a touchdown for four consecutive weeks; won four consecutive NFL weekly awards). Finley had built himself a winner. #31 Priest Holmes (NFL record for most touchdowns in a season at 27). West title in 1971, only to lose to the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series.
#10 Trent Green. West Division behind the Minnesota Twins – their highest finish in 37 years! After another second-place finish in 1970, the A’s won the A.L. #88 Tony Gonzalez (2004 Season Lead the NFL in receptions with 102). During that year, the Athletics finished second in the A.L. #86 Buck Buchanan (Defense Tackle). With expansion to 12 teams in 1969, the American League was divided into two 6-team divisions. #78 Bobby Bell (Linebacker). Managed by Bob Kennedy, the Oakland Athletics finished the 1968 season with an 82-80 record – their best record since 1952.
#63 Willie Lanier (Linebacker). The Athletics arrived in Oakland just as the team was beginning to gel. #36 Mack Lee Hill (Running Back). Their overall record was 829-1,224, for a winning percentage of .404. #33 Stone Johnson (Running Back). During their 13-year existence, the Kansas City Athletics were arguably one of the worst teams ever in baseball, finishing in last or next to last place in 10 of those years. #28 Abner Haynes (Running Back). Senator Stuart Symington of Missouri blasted Finley on the floor of the Senate, calling him "one of the most disreputable characters ever to enter the American sports scene,” and said Oakland was “the luckiest city since Hiroshima.” In 1969, Kansas City was awarded an American League expansion team, the Kansas City Royals.
#16 Len Dawson (Quarterback). owners gave Finley permission to move the Athletics to Oakland for the 1968 season. Then-U.S. #3 Jan Stenerud (Placekicker). Finally, on October 18, 1967, A.L. Mike Webster (1997; 1989-1990). President Joe Cronin promised Finley that he could move the team after three years, and the suit was dropped. Head coach of the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs for the entire ten-year history of the AFL. When Finley reacted to the Louisville vote by filing a lawsuit against Municipal Stadium, A.L.
Post-season record 5-1. These requests came as no surprise, as rumors of impending moves to Atlanta, Denver, Oakland, San Diego and Seattle had long been afloat. Post-season appearances 6. By another 9-1 vote his request was denied. Victories 87. In 1964, he signed an agreement to move the A’s to Louisville, Kentucky (and hinted the team's name would change to "Louisville Sluggers"). Hank Stram (2003; 1960-1974) Dallas Texans and Kansas City Chiefs coach won three AFL titles. His request was denied by a 9-1 vote.
48-yard field goal, the longest in Super Bowl history, against the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. owners for permission to move the Athletics to Arlington, Texas. six postseason All-Star games (four NFL Pro Bowl). On September 18, 1962, after less than two full years of ownership, Finley asked the A.L. 7 field goal attempts in a game. But, while laying the groundwork for a future championship team, Finley began shopping the Athletics to other cities, despite his promises that the A’s would remain in Kansas City. 44 field goals in a season. And, in 1963, he replaced the traditional elephant mascot with a Missouri mule – not just a cartoon logo, but a real mule, which he named after himself -- “Charlie O, the Mule.”.
Career 409 PATs and 436 field goals attempted. In 1963, he changed the team’s colors to “Kelly Green, Fort Knox Gold and Wedding Gown White.” In 1967, he replaced the team’s traditional black cleats with white ones. 186 consecutive games played. Finley also made changes to the team’s uniforms. Only pure kicker in the Hall of Fame. 19-year career. The Athletics, owners of the worst record in the American League in 1964, had the first pick in the first draft, selecting Rick Monday on June 8, 1965. Jan Stenerud (1991; 1967-1979) Placekicker. Thus, Finley was spared from having to compete with wealthier teams for top talent.
Popular for come-from-behind wins, including the 1993 playoffs and the outdueling of Elway in 1994 as a Chief. He was assisted in this endeavor by the creation of the baseball draft in 1965, which forced young prospects to sign with the team that drafted them – at the price offered by the team – if they wanted to play professional baseball. Joe Montana (2000; 1993-1994) Quarterback. More importantly, he poured resources into the minor league system for the first time. Marv Levy (2001; 1978-1982). He purchased a bus, pointed it in the direction of New York City, and had it burned, to symbolize the end of the “special relationship” with the Yankees. 1969 Super Bowl IV Champion. Finley, though, promised the fans a new day.
Second Chief selected to go into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Athletics finished in a tie for dead last with the expansion Washington Senators, nine games behind the other expansion team, the Los Angeles Angels. Willie "Contact" Lanier (1986; 1967-1977) Outside linebacker. In 1961, Finley's first year as team owner, the American League had expanded to ten teams. Started American Football League that was the genesis of modern professional football. Finley, who soon thereafter bought out the minority owners. Lamar Hunt (1972; 1959-present) Owner. In December of that year, controlling interest in the team was purchased by another Chicagoan, insurance executive Charles O.
1). Arnold died in 1960. 11th ranked passer in NFL history (retired No. It is perhaps not a coincidence that the "Old" Yankees became less competitive after Charles O. Finley bought the A's and stopped providing talent to the Yankees. 19-year career, passed for 28,711 yards and 239 touchdowns. Once "home," Terry became a 20-game winner for New York. MVP of Super Bowl IV. batters, Terry apparently was ready to return. In May, 1959 the Yankees sent Jerry Lumpe and two washed-up pitchers to the Athletics for Terry.
Two AFL championships. After getting nearly two years of experience facing A.L. Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1978. So, in June, 1957 they traded him to the A's in an eight-player deal. Len Dawson (1987; 1963-1975) Quarterback. The Yankees brought up a promising young pitcher, Ralph Terry, in 1956, but were reluctant to use him in critical situations. NAIA All-America in 1962. However, there were others.
First player taken in 1963 American Football League Draft. The trade no one ever forgot was the one made after the 1959 season, when the A’s sent young right fielder Roger Maris to New York for his aging counterpart, Hank Bauer, in a seven-player deal. Buck Buchanan (1990; 1963-1975) Lineman. In fact, Johnson had a pre-existing cozy relationship with the Yankees' front office, an obvious conflict of interest that was winked at by the rulers of the game at that time. Bobby Bell (July 30, 1983; 1963-1974) Linebacker. Attendance declined, with fans and even other clubs charging that the A’s were little more than a minor league farm team for the Yankees. Inducted into the Pro Hall of Fame as a Chief. It didn’t work.
Scored the 100th rushing touchdown of his career as a Chief. The cash was used to pay the bills, with the veterans perhaps having star appeal that could improve attendance. Marcus Allen (November 9, 2003; 1992-1997) Running Back. During the Johnson ownership, any good young players on the Athletics were invariably traded to the Yankees for aging veterans and cash. December 5, 2004: Trent Green extends team record of consecutive quarterback starts to 60. What no one realized at the time was that that number would remain the club record for attendance until 1982 -- the Athletics’ 15th season in Oakland!. December 5, 2004: Will Shields extends team record of consecutive starts to 187 (actual consecutive games also a team record of 188). In 1955, the new Kansas City Athletics drew 1,393,054 to newly renovated and newly renamed Municipal Stadium, a club record easily surpassing the previous record of 945,076 in 1948.
November 28, 2004: Dante Hall sets team record with 213 kickoff returns. When Arnold Johnson moved the Athletics to Kansas City, fans turned out in record numbers for the era. 2003: Will Shields extends franchise record of consecutive starts to 175. pennants, their overall record from 1901-1954 was 3,886 games won and 4,239 games lost, for an overall winning percentage of but .478. 2003: Priest Holmes surpasses Otis Taylor for most career touchdowns by a Chief. Though they won 5 World Series and 9 A.L. November 9, 2003: the Chiefs beat the Cleveland Browns (41-20), winning their ninth straight game which sets a new franchise record for consecutive victories. Connie Mack once said, “You can’t win them all.” The Philadelphia A’s didn’t come close.
2002: Priest Holmes sets the single-season rushing record with 1,615 yards. Newspaper writers also often referred to the team as the "Mackmen" during their Philadelphia days, in honor of their patriarch. 2002: Team sets franchise record for most offensive yards with 6,000. The team name is typically pronounced "ath-LET-ics", but their long-time team owner Connie Mack called them by the old-fashioned colloquial pronunciation "ath-uh-LET-ics". 2001: Priest Holmes sets the single-season rushing record with 1,555 yards. Eventually the American League club, initially known by the storied name "Athletic of Philadelphia", went with the normal flow and became the plural "Philadelphia Athletics". 1996: Chiefs have first 4-0 start. That practice continued into the 1900s.
1995: Chiefs make team record sixth consecutive playoff berth. In the various league standings they were listed as "Athletic" rather than "Philadelphia". 1990: Derrick Thomas sets team record with 20.0 sacks in a season. The members of the Athletic team wore an old-English "A" to emphasize the point. October 24, 2004: the Chiefs completed 8 running touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons, setting the league record for most running touchdowns in a single game. From the beginning in the 1860s, the actual team name was the singular "Athletic of Philadelphia". 2003: Priest Holmes sets league record for most touchdowns as well as most rushing touchdowns with 27. That oddity echoed the team's origins.
2003: Dante Hall ties league record with 4 kick-returns for touchdowns in a single season. The typical uniform had only a stylized "A" on the left front, and likewise the cap usually had the same "A" on it. 2003: Morten Andersen has record 316 consecutive scoring games. Furthermore, not once did "Philadelphia" appear on the uniform, nor did the letter "P" appear on the cap or the uniform. 2003: Morten Andersen of Kansas City and Gary Anderson of Pittsburg tie for most seaons with 100 or more points with 14. An interesting note is that, except for 1954 when the uniforms had "Athletics" spelled out in script across the front, the team's name never appeared on either home or road uniforms. December 22, 2002: Trent Green to Mark Boerigter tied for longest pass completion of 99 yards. On October 12, 1954, the owners voted to approve the sale of the Athletics to another Chicagoan, real estate developer Arnold Johnson, so that he could move the team to Kansas City for the 1955 season.
2002: Morten Andersen sets record with 40 field goals over 50 yards in a career. Finley), the American League owners were determined to "solve" the "Philadelphia problem" by moving the team elsewhere. 1998: Chiefs set the record for most penalties (158) and most penalty yardage (1,304) in a season. Though last minute offers were put on the table to buy the Athletics to keep them in Philadelphia (including one made by Chicago insurance executive Charles O. Kansas City fans like having that record broken in 1998 by John Elway. During that year the team wore uniforms trimmed in blue and gold, in honor of the Golden Jubilee of "The Grand Old Man of Baseball." However, the team continued to slide, attendance plummeted, and revenues continued to dwindle. 1993: Dave Krieg gets record 494 times sacked in a career. The 1950 season would be 88-year-old Mack’s 50th and last as A’s manager, a Major League record that will surely never be broken.
1993: Nick Lowery sets record for most seasons with 100 or more points with 11. By now Mack and his immediate family were the team’s sole stockholders, and he had no intention of firing himself. November 11, 1990: Derrick Thomas sets league record for most sacks in a game with 7.0. Save for a 5th place finish in 1944, the A’s finished in last or next-to-last place every year from 1935-1946. 1975: Len Dawson records 8 seasons leading the league in pass completions. Though he intended to rebuild once more, Mack was already 68 years old when the A’s last won the pennant in 1931, and many felt the game was passing him by. December 25, 1971: Ed Podolak amasses 350 all-purpose yards against the Miami Dolphins, a playoff record. The Athletics finished 5th in 1934, then last in 1935.
1969: Len Dawson records 6 consecutive seasons leading the league in pass completions. The construction of the "spite fence" at Shibe Park, blocking the view from nearby buildings, only served to irritate potential paying fans. 1966: Len Dawson ties Johnny Unitas for 4 seasons leading the league in touchdowns. After a second-place finish in 1932 and 3rd in 1933, Mack again sold or traded his best players in order to reduce expenses. The Great Depression was well under way, and declining attendance had drastically reduced the team’s revenues. There are those who feel the 1929 A’s were the best team in baseball history, even surpassing the 1927 Yankees. In each of the three years, the A's won over 100 games.
In 1927 and 1928, the Athletics finished second to the New York Yankees, then won pennants in 1929, 1930 and 1931, winning the World Series in 1929 and 1930. After that, Mack began to build another winner. The team would finish in last place every year after that until 1922, when it finished 7th. As a result, the Athletics went from a 99-53 (.651) won-loss record and 1st place finish in 1914, to a record of 43-109 (.283) and 8th (last) place in 1915, and then to a modern major league low winning percentange of 36-117 (.235) in 1916.
teams, preferring to let the "prima donnas" go and rebuild with younger (and less expensive) players. Mack refused to match the offers of the F.L. teams for players. and N.L.
had done 13 years before, the new league raided existing A.L. As the A.L. A third major league, the Federal League, had been formed to begin play in 1914. Mack himself alluded to that rumor years later, but also debunked it, asserting that factions within the team along with the allure of the Federal League had distracted the team.
In his book To Every Thing a Season, Bruce Kuklick points out that there were suspicions that the A's had thrown the Series, or at least "laid down", perhaps in protest of Mack's notorious thriftiness. After the heavily favored A’s lost the 1914 World Series to the underdog Boston Braves in a 4-game sweep, Connie Mack traded, sold or released most of the team’s star players. Plank holds the club record for career victories, with 284. The team was known for its “$100,000 Infield,” consisting of John "Stuffy" McInnis (1b), Eddie Collins (2b), Frank "Home Run" Baker (3b) and Jack Barry (ss), as well as pitchers Eddie Plank and Charles "Chief" Bender.
They won over 100 games in 1911 and 1912, and 99 games in 1914. pennant six times (1902, 1905, 1910, 1911, 1913 and 1914), winning the World Series in 1910, 1911 and 1913. In the early years, the A’s won the A.L. As a Philadelphia team, the Athletics were either a very good team or a very bad team.
Lajoie was traded to the Cleveland Broncos (now the Cleveland Indians) and did not set foot on Pennsylvania soil until the National Agreement was signed between the two leagues in 1903. This order, though, was only enforceable in the state of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia Phillies. teams received a jolt when, on April 21, 1902, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court invalidated Nap Lajoie's contract with the Athletics, and ordered him returned to his former team, the N.L.
The Athletics as well as the 7 other A.L. contracts. in defiance of their N.L. The new league recruited many of its players from the existing National League, persuading them to “jump” to the A.L.
The team’s inaugural year saw second baseman Nap Lajoie [la-ZHWAY] lead the league in hitting with a .426 batting average, still an American League record. After John McGraw told reporters that Shibe had a “white elephant on his hands," Mack defiantly adopted the white elephant as the team mascot, though over the years the elephant has appeared in several different colors. In fact, the name "Athletic" for Philadelphia's team dated back to the "amateur" days of the national game, in the 1860s. Mack in turn persuaded Philadelphia manufacturer Benjamin Shibe as well as others to invest in the team, which would be called the Philadelphia Athletics, a name used by earlier teams in the National Association, National League, and American Association.
President Bancroft (Ban) Johnson recruited former player Connie Mack to run the club. A.L. The Athletic franchise was formed in 1901, one of eight charter members of the American League, the others being the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Americans, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Blues, Detroit Tigers, Milwaukee Brewers, and Washington Senators. The team is often called the A's.
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Pitching Strikeouts: 349 Rube Waddell (1904). Pitching Wins: 31 Lefty Grove (1931), Jack Coombs (1910). Walks: 149 Eddie Joost (1949). Strikeouts: 175 Jose Canseco (1986).
Hitting Streak: 25 games Jason Giambi (1997). Stolen Bases: 130 Rickey Henderson (1982) (Major League Record). Triples: 12 Phil Garner (1976). Doubles: 47 Jason Giambi (2001).
Runs: 123 Reggie Jackson (1969). Hits: 204 Miguel Tejada (2002). Batting Average: .342 Jason Giambi (2001). Runs Batted In: 137 Jason Giambi (2000).
Home Runs: 52 Mark McGwire (1996). Dick Williams. Billy Martin. Connie Mack, Owner, General Manager, Manager 1901-1951.
Ken Macha. Tony La Russa. Art Howe. Charlie Finley.
Alvin Dark. Billy Beane, General Manager 1997-present. Sandy Alderson. 43 Dennis Eckersley (will be retired August 13, 2005).
42 Jackie Robinson (retired throughout baseball). 34 Rollie Fingers. 27 Catfish Hunter. 9 Reggie Jackson.
Joe Rudi (1974-76). Vic Power [PHI] (1954) - [KC] (1955-58). Mark McGwire (1990). Ray Fosse (1971).
Eric Chavez (2001-04). Gold Glove Award
Walt Weiss (1988). Mark McGwire (1987). Ben Grieve (1998). Bobby Crosby (2004).
Josť Canseco (1986). Harry Byrd [PHA] (1952). Rookie of the Year
Bob Welch (1990). Catfish Hunter (1974). Dennis Eckersley (1992). Vida Blue (1971).
Rickey Henderson (1990). Lefty Grove [PHI] (1931). Jason Giambi (2000). Jimmie Foxx [PHI] (1932-33).
Dennis Eckersley (1992). Eddie Collins [PHI] (1914). Mickey Cochrane [PHI] (1928). Josť Canseco (1988).
Vida Blue (1971). Most Valuable Player
Elmer Valo [KC/PHI]. Miguel Tejada. Gene Tenace. Dave Stewart.
Joe Rudi. Dave Righetti. Mark Mulder. Mark McGwire.
Dave Kingman. David Justice. “Indian Bob” Johnson [PHI]. Tim Hudson.
Rick Honeycutt. Rickey Henderson. Dave Henderson. Jason Giambi.
Ray Fosse. Tim Cullen. Doc Cramer [PHI]. Josť Canseco.
Bert Campaneris. Dick Bosman. Vida Blue. Sal Bando.
Tony Armas. To be announced (bullpen catching). - Rene Lachemann (bench). 38 Ron Washington (thrid base).
41 Curt Young (pitching). 52 Bob Geren (bullpen). 35 Brad Fischer (first base). 48 Dave Hudgens (hitting).
39 Ken Macha. Transplanted Chicago Cubs fans came to the Metrodome to root for the Twins and help preserve the Cubs all-time record of 21 straight set in 1935. The streak was finally snapped in Minnesota. The last three games were won in dramatic fashion, each victory coming in the bottom of the ninth inning.
20-Game Win Streak: The Oakland Athletics won an American League record 20 games in a row, from August 13 to September 4, 2002.