ST. PETERSBURG — Before they ended up in Oakland and after they left Philadelphia, the Athletics once called Kansas City home.
It was a relatively brief stay, covering 13 seasons and producing 13 losing records under eight managers. If history remembers them at all, it is usually to point out that those Kansas City teams were often referred to derisively as part of the Yankees farm system.
Arnold Johnson, the man who bought the Athletics from Connie Mack and moved them to Kansas City in 1955, previously had business interests in Yankee Stadium. That relationship with the folks in pinstripes seemingly led to a series of lopsided trades benefitting New York.
Roger Maris was traded from Kansas City. So was Ralph Terry. And Clete Boyer. The 1961 world champion Yankees had 10 former Kansas City players at various points during the regular season. The Athletics, meanwhile, lost 100 games that year.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about those Kansas City A’s lately.
Mostly because Tampa Bay’s (former) vice president of baseball operations was hired as the new general manager in Houston on Monday. And then Tampa Bay’s (former)…