1966 Record: 71-88... 25 1/2 games out of first place - 8th place in the then 10 team American League. Washington Senators 1966: Players Bios:
* Ken McMullen, Third Baseman, Right-handed - originally signed by the LA Dodgers, he was traded to the Senators along with slugger Frank Howard for pitcher Claude Osteen and outfielder Bob Kennedy in 1965... well-regarded for his quick reflexes and rapid throwing arm at the hot-corner, Ken McMullen also was one of the top power hitting 3rd baseman in the '60s. He hit 18 doubles and 18 homers in 1965, his first year, with the Senators, and in '66 he lined 19Ds, 13Hr, batted .233 and had a .292 on-base-pct in '66.
* Paul Casanova, Catcher, Right-handed - in 1966, the 25-year old rookie was one of the bright spots on the Senators' team. He became the team's regular backstop and played solid defense in 122 games. Born in Matanzas, Cuba, he batted .254 in his rookie season, crashed 16 doubles, 5 triples, 13 home runs and scored 45 runs. Casanova averaged around 100 games per/year in D. C. before being traded to Atlanta after the 1971 season.
* Bob Saverine, Infielder, Right-handed - he broke into professional ball as a 18-year old back in 1959 with Bluefield where he led the Appalachian League in hits, batting average and runs scored... and made his major league with Baltimore in '62. An all-around athlete, Saverine played 120 games and hit .251 in 1966, his first season in Washington - including 10 doubles, 4 triples and 5 home runs, and scored 54 runs. Bob's father was a star football player at Georgetown University.
* Jim King, Outfielder - he had a fine rookie season with the Cubbies - Chicago (NL) - back in 1955, hitting .256 with 26 extra base hits... he was drafted by the Senators in '61 and hit a respectable .270 in 110 games. In 1963, he hit 16 doubles, 5 triples and slugged a career-best 24 homers... From 1961 thru 1966, he compiled at least a .400 slugging percentage every season... a tough man to strike out, he fanned just 401 times in 2,918 career at-bats. Jim King career numbers: .240 BA, 112Ds, 19Ts, 119Hr, 374 Runs, 401 RBIs, 363 Walks in 1,125 games. Chicago (NL) 1955-56; St Louis (NL) 1957; San Francisco 1958; Washington 1961-67.
Washington Senators (1966) Batting Statistics:
Paul Casanova .254 BA, 13Hr, 44 RBIs in 122 Games... Frank 'Hondo' Howard .278 BA, 18Hr, 71 RBIs in 146G... Ed 'Eddie' Brinkman .229 BA, 7Hr, 48 RBIs in 158 G... Jim King .248 BA, 10Hr, 30 RBIs in 117G... Willie Kirkland .190 BA, 6Hr, 17 RBIs in 124G... Bob Saverine .251 BA, 5Hr, 24 RBIs in 120G... Ken McMullen .233 BA, 13Hr, 54 RBIs in 147G... Dick Nen .213 BA, 6Hr, 30 RBIs in 94G... Ken Hamlin .215 BA, 1Hr, 16 RBIs in 66G... Ken Harrelson .248 BA, 7Hr, 28 RBIs in 71G... Hank Allen .387 BA, 1Hr, 6 RBIs in 9G... Doug Camilli .206 BA, 2Hr, 8 RBIs in 44G... Mike Brumley .111 BA 0 RBIs in 9G... Don Blasingame .215, 1Hr, 11 RBIs in 68G... Don Lock .233 BA, 16Hr, 48 RBIs in 138G... Fred Valentine .276 BA, 16Hr, 59 RBIs in 146G... Dick Phillips .162 BA, 0Hr, 4 RBIs in 25G... Bob Chance .175 BA, 1Hr, 8 RBIs in 37G... Tim Cullen .235 BA, 0Hr, in 18G... Jim French .208 BA, 0Hr, 3 RBIs in 10G... Joe Cunningham .125 BA, 0 RBIs in 3G... John Orsino .174 BA, 0 RBIs in 14G
* Ed Brinkman, Shortstop Right-handed - one of baseball's top fielding shortstops, the always hustling, team player debuted with the Senators as a 20-year old, 3rd baseman in '61. He became the team's regular shortstop in 1963 and proceeded to lead the league with 97 double plays. Although, regarded as a light-hitter, Brinkman used his speed on the base paths to register two straight seasons of 20 doubles - '63-'64 - and lined 7Hr followed by 8 homers in those two years. In '69, he hit a career-best in batting with .267 and with 71 runs scored in '69 before being traded after the 1970 season.
* Richard James French, Catcher, Bats Left/Throws Right - a fine backup backstop, Jim French debuted into the major leagues with the Senators 1965. Born in Warren. Ohio, he broke into pro ball as a 21-year old with Wisconsin Rapids of the Midwest League in '63... He batted .297 in 13 games with the Senators in '65... and played an average of 60 games from '68 thru '70 before leaving active playing during the '71 season.
* Dick Nen, First Baseman, Left-handed - broke into organized ball with Reno in '61, in military service in '62... joined Los Angeles (NL) in '63 and, although, he got 1 hit in just 8 at-bats that season , he was a big-hero - his hit was a long homer which helped Los Angeles win the pennant and the rookie was voted by his teammates a special $1000 bonus for the game-winning blow. Dick Nen played 3 years with the Senators - '65-'67 before being dealt to Chicago (NL) for one last season in the big-leagues. Career stats: .223 BA, a fine .291 on-base-pct, 23Ds, 21Hr, 367 games.
* Casey Cox, Relief Pitcher, Right-handed - the strapping, 6ft, 5inch - 200-pounder was a pleasant surprise for the Senators in his rookie year in 1966... armed with an outstanding sinker, which helped get opponents to ground the ball, Casey Cox appeared in 66 games, posted a 4-5 record, collected 7 saves in 113 innings. And, he followed that up by going 7-4, a solid 2.96 ERA in 56 games in '67.
Pete Richert 14-14, 3.37 ERA in 36 Games... Phil Ortega 12-12, 3.92 ERA in 33G... Mike McCormick 11-14, 3.46 ERA in 41G... Casey Cox 4-5, 3.50 ERA in 66G... Bob Humphreys 7-3, 2.82 ERA in 58G... Dick Lines 5-2, 2.28 ERA in 53G... Ron Kline 6-4, 2.39 ERA in 63G... Dick Bosman 2-6, 7.62 ERA in 13G... Jim Hannan 3-9, 4.26 ERA in 30G... Barry Moore 3-3, 3.75 ERA in 12G... Dave Baldwin 0-0, 3.86 ERA in 4G... Tom Cheney 0-1, 5.06 ERA in 3G... Al Closter 0-0, 0.00 ERA in 1G... Joe Coleman 1-0, 2.00 ERA in 1G... Diego Segui 3-7, 5.00 ERA in 21G... Buster Narum 0-0, 21.60 ERA in 3G... Frank Kreutzer 0-5, 6.03 ERA in 9G... Howie Koplitz 0-0, 0.00 ERA in 1G... Jim Duckworth 0-3, 5.02 ERA in 5G... Pete Craig 0-0, 4.50 ERA in 1G.
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