1966 Baseball Draft

The 1966 Baseball Draft appears below and includes every player chosen in the June amateur draft, every round of the 1966 baseball draft, the overall pick, the team who drafted them, their position at that time, and where they were drafted from (high school / college name).

"The idea behind the draft was simple: 1) it gave the poorer teams—usually those lower in the standings—an equal chance to sign the top talent being produced in colleges and high schools; and 2) it cut down on payments of excessive bonuses to untried players. Even those who enthusiastically supported the free-agent draft had no idea that benefits from it would be reaped so quickly. Yet this season, less than two years later, several youngsters selected in the draft have stepped into the major leagues and have performed not just capably but in some cases spectacularly." - Sportswriter William Leggett in Sports Illustrated (May 01, 1967, 'Fresh Breezes From The Free-Agent Draft', Page 38)
1966 Baseball Draft

1966 Amateur Baseball Draft by Baseball Almanac | Baseball Draft Menu

1
1
JaR
Don Lohse
Kansas City Athletics
P
1
2
JaR
Barry Carter
New York Mets
SS
Chambersburg Area (Chambersburg,PA)
1
3
JaR
Jim Rife
Boston Red Sox
C
Lebanon Valley College
1
4
JaR
Houston Astros
P
Grant High School (Van Nuys, CA)
1
5
JaR
Timothy Zajeski
Washington Senators
P
1
6
JaR
John Dudek
Chicago Cubs
C
Turley (Chicago, IL)
1
7
JaR
Ronald Cherry
California Angels
C
Francis Poly (Sun Valley,CA)
1
8
JaR
Henry Urbanowitz
St. Louis Cardinals
1B
Jasper Junior College
1
9
JaR
Thomas Matheson
New York Yankees
C
Eagle Rock (Los Angeles, CA)
1
10
JaR
Philadelphia Phillies
3B-SS
American River College
1
11
JaR
Cleveland Indians
OF-SS
1
12
JaR
Robert Ritchie
Atlanta Braves
OF
Bryant and Stratton College
1
13
JaR
Tim Marting
Detroit Tigers
SS
Hillsborough Community College
1
14
JaR
Russell Vitallo
Baltimore Orioles
P
1
15
JaR
Kent Smith
Pittsburgh Pirates
OF
Sacramento City College
1
16
JaR
Howard Gordon
Chicago White Sox
1B-OF
1
17
JaR
Gary Bowman
San Francisco Giants
OF
1
18
JaR
Charles Chase
Minnesota Twins
OF
College of San Mateo
1
19
JaR
James Roberts
Los Angeles Dodgers
P-iF
2
20
JaR
Bill Geiger
Kansas City Athletics
P
Keyport (Keyport,NJ)
2
21
JaR
Robert Sabo
New York Mets
P
Ohio University
2
22
JaR
Boston Red Sox
P
Cleveland High School (Reseda,CA)
2
23
JaR
Herman Johnson
Houston Astros
1B
Jefferson High School (Los Angeles, CA)
2
24
JaR
Gary Kolumbus
Washington Senators
OF
Waller (Chicago, IL)
2
25
JaR
John Killebrew
Chicago Cubs
OF
Arizona Western College
2
26
JaR
California Angels
P
University of Wisconsin
2
27
JaR
Jessie DuBose
St. Louis Cardinals
P
Smith High School (Ozark,AL)
2
28
JaR
Dennis Pearson
New York Yankees
P
Pasadena City College
2
29
JaR
Kenneth Showalter
Cleveland Indians
SS
2
30
JaR
Pete Rivera
Atlanta Braves
P
Wilson High School (Los Angeles, CA)
2
31
JaR
Robert Bellemare
Detroit Tigers
P
Post University
2
32
JaR
Carlos Evans
Baltimore Orioles
C
University of Wisconsin
2
33
JaR
James Minnette
Pittsburgh Pirates
IF
Columbia Basin College
2
34
JaR
James Barton
Chicago White Sox
P
University of Akron
2
35
JaR
Stephen Lohrer
San Francisco Giants
OF
Nassau Community College
2
36
JaR
Antone Cardoza
Minnesota Twins
P
College of the Sequoias
2
37
JaR
Ivey Armstrong
Los Angeles Dodgers
2B-OF
Miami-Dade College
3
38
JaR
James Shotton
Kansas City Athletics
P
Marion High School (Marion, IL)
3
39
JaR
Mike Griffith
New York Mets
P
3
40
JaR
Donald Fox
Boston Red Sox
P
Cooley (Detroit, MI)
3
41
JaR
Stanley Robinson
Houston Astros
P
Jefferson High School (Los Angeles, CA)
3
42
JaR
Frank White
Chicago Cubs
C
South Carolina Area Trade School
3
43
JaR
California Angels
C
Verdugo Hills High School (Tujunga, CA)
3
44
JaR
James Moore
St. Louis Cardinals
2B-SS
3
45
JaR
Michael Bruckner
New York Yankees
P
Bakersfield College
3
46
JaR
Dave Singerman
Cleveland Indians
P
Cuyahoga Community College
3
47
JaR
Jack Crist
Atlanta Braves
SS
Los Angeles Harbor College
3
48
JaR
Kenneth Youngblood
Detroit Tigers
C
3
49
JaR
Alonzo Harris
Baltimore Orioles
3B
Fremont High School (Los Angeles, CA)
3
50
JaR
Willard Somerset
Pittsburgh Pirates
iF-Of
Duquesne University
3
51
JaR
Ronald Ellis
Chicago White Sox
P-OF
3
52
JaR
San Francisco Giants
1B-P
San Diego Mesa College
3
53
JaR
Minnesota Twins
P
3
54
JaR
Robert Childress
Los Angeles Dodgers
3B
Methacton (Norristown,PA)
4
55
JaR
Jeff Hansen
Kansas City Athletics
1B
SUNY-Farmingdale
4
56
JaR
Tim Keely
New York Mets
SS
Chatham (Chatham,NJ)
4
57
JaR
Donald Peters
Boston Red Sox
P
Tusculum College
4
58
JaR
Joe Dawkins
Houston Astros
1B
Fremont High School (Los Angeles, CA)
4
59
JaR
William Johns
Chicago Cubs
1B
Virginia Tech
4
60
JaR
Cleveland Indians
P
4
61
JaR
Jack Patterson
Atlanta Braves
1B
William Jewell College
4
62
JaR
Detroit Tigers
P
4
63
JaR
James Dumais
Baltimore Orioles
P
College of the Holy Cross
4
64
JaR
Dean DeBuhr
Chicago White Sox
P
Wayne State College (Nebraska)
4
65
JaR
Michael Sheftall
Minnesota Twins
P
Jones High School (Houston, TX)
4
66
JaR
Albert Choate
Los Angeles Dodgers
P
5
67
JaR
David Ray
Kansas City Athletics
P
5
68
JaR
John Cervi
New York Mets
1B-3b
Erie Community College
5
69
JaR
Oliver Kozloski
Houston Astros
C-OF
Blinn College
5
70
JaR
Wilma Evans
Cleveland Indians
OF
5
71
JaR
Ray Burner
Atlanta Braves
P
5
72
JaR
Edward Maras
Baltimore Orioles
P
5
73
JaR
Al Crawford
Chicago White Sox
3B
Miami-Dade College
5
74
JaR
Barry Kibishta
Minnesota Twins
P
Gardena High School (Gardena, CA)
5
75
JaR
Jorge Benitez
Los Angeles Dodgers
1B
Miami-Dade College
6
76
JaR
Charles Watson
Kansas City Athletics
P
6
77
JaR
Robert Santee
Houston Astros
P
Carverdale (Houston, TX)
6
78
JaR
Dave Pratt
Cleveland Indians
P
Tennessee Technological University
6
79
JaR
Greg Rineer
Atlanta Braves
SS
6
80
JaR
Steve Melfa
Baltimore Orioles
P
6
81
JaR
Richard Schryer
Chicago White Sox
OF
6
82
JaR
Harold Steinback
Minnesota Twins
3B
Solano Community College
7
83
JaR
Timothy Ware
Houston Astros
SS
Spring Branch (Houston, TX)
7
84
JaR
Cleveland Indians
P
West Liberty State College
7
85
JaR
Baltimore Orioles
C
Buffalo State College
7
86
JaR
Stephen Moates
Chicago White Sox
P
Miami-Dade College
7
87
JaR
Fred Shuey
Minnesota Twins
OF
8
88
JaR
Cleveland Indians
P
University of Nebraska
8
89
JaR
Richard Wieczezak
Baltimore Orioles
SS
Seton Hall University
8
90
JaR
Tom Cole
Minnesota Twins
OF
9
91
JaR
Doug Ward
Baltimore Orioles
P
Annapolis High School (Annapolis, MD)
9
92
JaR
Richard Holmes
Minnesota Twins
P
Michigan State University
10
93
JaR
Dan Prebenda
Baltimore Orioles
P
11
94
JaR
Harry Stelly
Baltimore Orioles
P
12
95
JaR
Paul Fleshner
Baltimore Orioles
SS
1966 Baseball Draft


Did you know that there have been twenty-one players who have been drafted (since the baseball draft began in 1965) then went straight to the Major Leagues without first playing on a Minor League team?

Being selected with the first round, first pick, as the number one draft pick , is quite a baseball feat , but not every one of them has actually made it to the big leagues! Review those who did, those who didn't, which catcher was the first one ever selected first overall, which catcher was first that didn't make it and the first one that did, plus every other draft type (secondary drafts) along with information about which ones made it there as well.

The Baseball Almanac Draft Register is completely comprehensive and includes data on every single player ever drafted in baseball history, more than 65,000+ baseball draft picks spanning 40+ years of baseball draft history.

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