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Nationals Rotation Can Look to 1967 Kansas City Athletics for Hope

Published by on May 15, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

The 1967 Kansas City Athletics finished the season with a record of 62-99, dead last in the American League. For most of their 13 years in Missouri, the Athletics had been little more than an additional farm team for the New York Yankees, trading their rising young stars to New York for aging veterans.

That's how Roger Maris became a Yankee; he was traded for Hank Baur, Don Larsen, and Marv Throneberry.

But all that changed in the early 1960s when insurance magnate Charlie O. Finley bought the team and began to find, sign, and keep young talent. Seven years later, however, the Athletics were still a losing team. With 99 losses to go along with just 8,900 fans per game, Finley moved his team to Oakland a yea...

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