The Seattle Pilots were an expansion team in 1969 for the
American League to match up with the 1969 expansion partner the Kansas City Royals. The Pilots only lasted one year in Seattle
due to financial problems with the ownership and were sold to Bud Selig. Selig moved the club to Milwaukee in 1970 and renamed them
No catchers were born in Seattle and played for the Pilots
There were no NO-HITTERs thrown by the Pilots.
No Pilot catcher ever pitched in the majors [See PITCHING CATCHERS.]
No Pilot catcher ever served in the military [See MILITARY CATCHERS.]
No Pilot catcher ever managed in the majors [See
Merritt Ranew was the SHORTEST Pilot catcher at 5-10.
Jim Pagliaroni was the TALLEST at 6-4
Pilot catcher was Larry Haney (born 11/19/1942) who caught at the age
of 27 (1969). The OLDEST
Pilot catcher was Jerry McNertney (born 8/7/1936) who last caught for
the Pilots in 1969 at the age of 33.
Some Pilot catcher trivia:
- Larry Haney hit a game-winning, two run, homerun in his very first MLB game
- Merritt Ranew was also a member of the expansion team Houston Colt 45s (later renamed the Astros) in 1962
- Freddie Velazquez only had 2 hits as a Pilot, but both drove in a run
- Jerry McNertney caught two famous knuckleballers: Jim Bouton and Hoyt Wilhelm
- Jerry McNertney holds the Pilots record for Most RBIs in a Game (5); Most Putouts by a Catcher in a Game (12);
Most Assists by a Catcher in a Game (3).