Lew Krausse

Krausse was signed by his father, an A’s scout and a former Philadelphia Athletics pitcher, for a $125,000 bonus in 1961. Just days out of high school, the raw youngster was immediately brought to Kansas City by A’s owner Charlie Finley. Krausse shut out the Angels in his first pro start, but after 12 ML games he was sent to the minors for seasoning. Krausse wasn’t a ML winner until 1966 (14-9, 2.99). Known as a rowdy playboy, he was a leading figure in the “war” between Finley and his players in 1967, and his record dropped to 7-17.