In 1969, The American League added 2 expansion teams, the Kansas City Royal and Seattle Pilots. The Seattle Pilots had the unfortunate distinction of being the team which lasted only one year in their city. They were the second team to do this, the other being The Milwaukee Brewers in 1901. This is somewhat ironic because The Pilots moved to Milwaukee in 1970 and became The Brewers. It is precisely because of their unusual place in baseball history that Seattle Pilots merchandise such as Seattle Pilots hats and Seattle Pilots jerseys make interesting collectables.
The Seattle Pilots had a record of 64 and 98 in 1969. One of the few positive things that season was that Tommy Harper formerly of The Cleveland Indians led The American League in stolen bases. They had only two players who hit over .250. An old small stadium which was not enclosed to keep out the rainy weather didn’t help the situation. Attendance was poor, averaging 8000 a game.
There is Seattle Pilots apparel such as Seattle Pilots jackets and Seattle Pilots sweat shirts available for sale. Seattle Pilots tea shirts make great gifts for fans of the first major league baseball team in Seattle.