Sunday, April 18, 2010

1960 Expansion Draft Picks

1961 Nu-Card Scoops


When the Expansion Draft occurred on December 14, 1960, 28 players were selected by the Los Angeles Angels. The angels then bought an additional two (Steve Bilko and Albie Pearson) for a total of 30 original players. The players were selected in catagories starting with pitchers, then catchers, infielders, and outfielders. A coin toss for each catagory determined who picked first between the Angels and the Senators, the other expansion team. The Angels won the coin toss for all catagories except outfielders. Their first choices were Eli Grba P, Ed Sadowski C, Ed Yost INF, and then Bob Cerv OF. Of the original 28 picks by the Angels, 5 would never play a Major League game for them. Those 5 are as follows:

Duke Maas

1961 Topps


Duane Fredrick Maas
Pitcher
Bats: Right , Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10" , Weight: 170 lb.
Born: January 31, 1929 in Utica, NY

Drafted 3rd by the Los Angeles Angels from the New York Yankees in the 1960 expansion draft. Later traded by the Los Angeles Angels to the New York Yankees for Fritz Brickell on April 4, 1961.

1961 Topps Magic Rub-Offs

After stints with the Tigers, Athletics, and Yankees where he was a member of the 1958 World Champions, and the 1960 American League Champions, Maas was placed in the expansion draft where the Angels picked him up then flipped him back to the Yanks. He would only appear in one more game for Yankees before retiring with an ailing arm.


2001 Upper Deck Legends of New York Game-Worn Jersey



Bob Davis

1961 Topps


Robert Edward Davis
Pitcher
Pitcher Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 170 lb.
Born: September 11, 1933 in New York.

Drafted 10th by the Los Angeles Angels from the the Kansas City Athletics in the 1960 expansion draft.

Custom Angels Expansion Draft Autograph card

Davis was 0-4 with a 5.71 ERA in stints with the Athletics at the time of the draft, so I'm not sure what the Angels saw in him, although his minor league record was a bit better at 48-49 with a 4.08 ERA. After being selected by the Angels he decided to leave baseball and return to Yale to continue persuing his degree in clynical psychology. I'm not sure why the Angels were not allowed another draft selection, as they were for Bob Wilson.


Jim McAnany

Custom Angels Expansion Draft Autograph card

James McAnany
Rightfielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 196 lb.
Born: September 4, 1936 in Los Angeles, CA

Drafted 20th by the Los Angeles Angels from the Chicago White Sox in the 1960 expansion draft.
April 1, 1961: Traded by the Los Angeles Angels to the Chicago Cubs for Lou Johnson.

After short stays with the Cubs, and the PCL San Diego Padres and Seattle Rainiers, Jim was out of baseball by 1963.




Don Ross

Donald Jon Ross
Infielder
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 180 lb.
Born: 1938

Drafted 24th by the Los Angeles Angels from the Baltimore Orioles in the 1960 Expansion Draft.

Don bounced around in the Angels minors till 1963.




Red Wilson

Custom Angels Expansion Draft Autograph card



Robert James Wilson
Catcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 10", Weight: 160 lb.
Born: March 7, 1929 in Milwaukee, WI.

Selected 28th by the Los Angeles Angels from the Cleveland Indians in the 1960 Expansion Draft, but decided to retire. The selection of Bob Wilson was thus cancelled and the Angels were sent Ted Bowsfield in his place.

1991 Topps 1953 Archives



I asked Mr. Wilson if he was known for anything in particular. His response was

"Led the Detroit Tigers with 10 stolen bases one year - as a catcher!"

True-in 1958 he had 10/10 stolen bases, the next highest was Al Kaline with 7. The team total was only 48.

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