A five-time all star, Otis starred for the Kansas City Royals through the 1970’s and into the 1980’s. He came up with the New York Mets in 1967 but was traded to Kansas City following the 1969 season. The Royals made him their starting center fielder and he blossomed with the team, making his first All-Star Game in 1970, as he hit .284 while leading the American League in doubles (36). He hit .301 in 1971 with a league-high 52 stolen bases and 15 home runs. He was an all star again that year and finished eighth in the MVP vote. Otis also won the first of three Gold Gloves that season. Otis was an all star in 1972 and in 1973 when he finished third in the MVP vote, while hitting .300 with 26 home runs, 93 RBIs and 89 runs scored. Otis was seventh in the MVP vote in 1976 as he led the AL in doubles (40) once again. He finished third in the tally in 1978 when he hit .298 with 22 home runs, 96 RBIs, 32 stolen bases and 74 runs scored. Otis had another fantastic year in 1979 as he set his career-high for runs scored (100) but his production dropped off in 1980. The Royals released him 1983 and he joined the Pittsburgh Pirates for the final season of his career. Otis hit .277 in 1,998 big league games with 193 home runs and 341 stolen bases.
Otis reached the World Series with the Royals in 1980. He hit .478 with three home runs in six games against the Philadelphia Phillies. His first home run came off Bob Walk in the second inning of Game 1 and staked Kansas City to a 2-0 lead. The Royals ended up losing the game 7-6 and the series 4-2.
He stole five bases against the Milwaukee Brewers on September 7, 1971. Darrell Porter, who would go on to be his teammate in Kansas City, was the Brewers’ catcher that day.
Otis is a member of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame.
Amos Otis – career stats