The 1967 Boston Red Sox baseball season was one of the most exciting in the history of the franchise. It started slowly and built before finally exploding like a Roman candle that bathed the Red Sox for the years that followed. The season saved the Red Sox and had never happened it is not inconceivable that the Red Sox may have left Boston.
The Red Sox hadnít enjoyed a winning season since 1958, bottoming out at 100 losses in 1965. The commonly fanatic Red Sox fan base was attending in absentia, with annual attendance shrinking to a mere 650,000 at Fenway Park, a ballpark rumored to be in danger of demolition as plans for a suburban domed facility began to be drawn up.
Worse, it seemed the Red Sox players didnít care. There was a pervasive lack of urgency in a clubhouse filled with no-namers and has-beens who developed an undisciplined country club attitude. Since Ted Williamsí departure, the only serious threat in the Boston lineup came from his replacement in the outfield, Carl Yastrzemski, an undisputed star in relative terms only. Although Yastrzemski won a batting title in 1963, he otherwise had shown little else to convince Red Sox Nation that he was genuine superstar material. There did appear to be some light at the end of a very long tunnel however. Young sluggers such as Tony Conigliaro, George Scott and Rico Petrocelli were emerging as equals to Yastrzemski.
Tom Yawkey, who had lost interest and was resigned to the teams second division status, left the team almost entirely in the hands of the general manager, Dick O'Connell. That left O'Connell to hire Dick Williams as the manager and make other moves without interference or worrying about offending his boss or his friends. Under O'Connell the Red Sox color blind farm system had never been more productive. With players like Yastrzemski and Jim Lonborg, the Sox had something to build on.
In 1964, Dick Williams was a player-coach for the Red Sox' Triple AAA club in Seattle. When the club announced that it would be moving to Toronto in 1965, there manager did not want to go. Williams accepted the offer to be the manager at $9K/year, knowing it would be his only chance to get back in the big leagues. He needed the money and he had to win, and the minor league club responded to his take charge attitude. With his approach, the Maple Leafs went on to win consecutive International League championships.
When Williams came to the Red Sox in 67, he cleaned house and stripped Yastrzemski of his captaincy. He did not want Yaz to be the only star on a team of losers. He schooled the Red Sox on the method of incessant repetition of fundamentals. He knew his team had talent and his job was to turn them from losers into winners.
At spring training, in between throwing in fielding drills, he made his pitchers play volleyball to stay in shape. Ted Williams, in camp as a roving batting instructor, interrupted the games to talk to the pitcher's about the theories on hitting. Dick Williams asked him to stop doing that several times and when he didn't, the manager took charge and ordered him to keep away from his pitchers. The greatest hitter in baseball had never been told to do anything. He stormed off and was never heard from again, for the rest of the season. Dick Williams had made his point.
Those who came to Florida overweight suffered worse under Williams. He threatened to bench George Scott if he didnít tip the scales the right way, and when young starter, Jerry Stephensen, couldnít shake off ten pounds as Williams ordered, off to the minors he went. One player who would have no problem with Williamsí shape-up-or-ship-out policy was Yaz. In the winter he had discovered off-season training, exercise many players of the day still resisted. Worked hard daily by a former Hungarian Olympic coach, Yastrzemski immediately felt a new surge of power, Yastrzemski also had help from Red Sox hitting coach, Bobby Doerr, who refined Yazís batting stance and his swing during spring training, a crucial element that would pay off handsomely for the Red Sox.
As opening day approached, veterans fell by the wayside and Williams stuck with the rookies and second year players that he knew from Toronto. With his crew cut and sharp tongue, Williams looked and acted like a drill sergeant. He kept reminding his young players that no matter how hard he made it on them, it was better than serving in Vietnam. Although he made an impression during training camp the odds makers made the ninth place club a 100 to 1 underdog in the American League. On the eve of the home opener all Williams would say is: "We'll win more games then we will lose."
With temperatures in the high thirties, plus forty mile-per-hour winds, forced the first ever postponement of Opening day since 1953 on April 11th. The opening at Fenway Park was more sad than celebratory. Only 8324 fans showed up to see the Red Sox. Most of the Ted Williams era Red Sox fans were now middle-aged or older and living in the suburbs, while younger fans and thousands of students from the area colleges, only knew of the Red Sox as perennial losers.
The 1967 Red Sox were one of the youngest teams ever to be in the major leagues. Except for Jose Tartabull and Yastrzemski, every player in the lineup was 25 years old or younger. In the opening day game, on April 12th, Jim Lonborg beat the Chicago White Sox, 5 to 4, as shortstop Rico Petrocelli went three for three and knocked out a three run homer. The Red Sox lost the next day, 8 to 5, making three errors and playing more like they had in the past. In the ninth-inning against the White Sox, on April 13th, they became little leaguers and lost the game, 8 to 5.
The team then traveled to Yankee Stadium for the Yankees home opener on April 14th. on a cloudy and cold afternoon rookie southpaw, Billy Rohr, made his major-league debut dazzling the crowd. As the innings passed, he gained more confidence with every hitter he retired. He kept the Yankees off balance and by mid-game the Red Sox dugout turned quiet, realizing that a no-hitter was being pitched.
In the sixth inning, Bill Robinson lined a ball off Rohr's shin. Rohr regained his composure and continued to set the Yankees down. At this point even the Yankees fans started to root for him.
In the ninth-inning, Yankee leftfielder, Tom Tresh, nailed the first pitch to left-field. Yastrzemski got a great jump and made a spectacular diving catch, as if the no-hitter was a thing of destiny. Then Joe Pepitone lifted a lazy fly ball out to right field for the second out. Dick Williams came out of the dugout to remind his pitcher that the next batter, Elston Howard, might go after the first pitch. Rohr worked him carefully and with the count at 2-2, threw a curve that looked like a strike to everyone but the umpire. The crowd all groaned and Rohr took it in stride, throwing Howard another curve. That one was poked out into right field for a clean single and the no-hitter was gone. The Yankees crowd still gave the rookie pitcher a standing ovation when Charlie Smith made the final out of the game.
Red Sox players quickly learned that winning was all their manager cared about. He would use any means necessary to motivate his players, whether it was benching them, pulling them from games or even criticizing them publicly to the press. He proved to be the most polarizing personality at Fenway Park since Ted Williams. He was impartial and dumped on everyone.
On April 15th, the Red Sox were beaten by Mel Stottlemyre, 1 to 0, who hadn't given up a run in two games this season. The Red Sox never got a man to third base. Then they lost to the Yankees in 18 innings, 7 to 6. Both teams looked good at the beginning, but in the end they looked like a couple of characters staggering along until Joe Pepitone singled home Jake Gibbs who had walked and stolen second, in the last of the 18th.
At Fenway Park, on April 21st, Billy Rohr pitched almost as well as he did in his one-hitter, facing the Yankees at Fenway Park, winning 6 to 1. But after that the young pitcher struggled and was sent back down to the minors. Billy Rohr never won another game for the Red Sox and earned just one more major league victory in his career, but the near no-hitter he pitched, would forever be remembered in Red Sox lore.
George Scott followed instructions perfectly on April 22nd, supplying the winning run as the Red Sox edged the Yankees, 5 to 4 at Fenway Park. Scott was sent up to pinch-hit in the sixth inning with the score tied at 4 to 4. He responded with a sacrifice fly to right, that scored George Thomas from third base with the winning run.
The Red Sox beat the Senators, 7 to 4, in a weird, freezing evening, on April 24th. In the eighth-inning, with the game tied, 4-4, Yastrzemski opened with a slice single to left-center, going the second on a wild pitch. Both Rico Petrocelli and Josť Tartabull walked to load the bases. Up came Mike Andrews and with everyone running on a 3-2 pitch, Andrews lined one to first at Harrelson. The ball hit his knee and rolled into foul territory toward the Washington dugout. Because everyone was running, three men scored while Harrelson tracked down the ball and the Sox won. The next day, April 25th, Reggie Smith opened up the game with a home run and the Sox coasted to a 9 to 3. win.
After taking two of three from the Yankees and in Washington, the Sox came back to Fenway, 1/2 game out of first place.
Williams' results started speaking for themselves. On April 28th, Jim Lonborg out-dueled Catfish Hunter, shutting out the Athletics and striking out 13 batters. On April 29th, the Sox briefly moved into a tie for first place with the Yankees, thanks to Jose Tartabull's walk-off single in the 15th inning, to again beat the Kansas City. But in the last game of the series, on April 30th, Jim Nash gave nothing to the Red Sox, but Darrell Brandon wasn't too generous either, except for a high fastball that Danny Cater knocked out of the park to give the Athletics a 1 to 0 victory.
They went on a nine game road trip and started on May 1st in Anaheim. Dennis Bennett, changing speeds beautifully, pitched a six hit shutout and slammed a three run homer. The final score was 4 to 0 and Bennett had mastered the Angels all by himself. He allowed just one extra base hit and only one Angel runner reached third base, as he hurled his first shutout in a Red Sox uniform.
But the Sox lost 2 of 3 in Anaheim, with the game on May 3rd being a heartbreaker. Jim Lonborg went into the 9th inning with a one-hitter, only to lose the game, 2-1, on a wild pitch that brought home the winning walk-off run.
They then lost 2 of 3 in Minnesota. The Twins manhandled rookie Billy Rohr in the first game and in the next game, Dean Chance was the villain, as he threw a five hitter that stopped the Sox, 4 to 2. But in the finale on May 7th, John Wyatt snuffed out a rally by the Twins in the ninth-inning, to preserve a 9 to 6 victory for the Red Sox. He got the Sox out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth by striking out Harmon Killebrew and getting Bob Allison to pop up.
The Sox also lost 2 of 3 in Kansas City. In the second game of a twilight doubleheader against the A's on May 9th, Carl Yastrzemski delivering the key hit, a three run double with the score tied at 2 to 2 with two outs in the ninth inning, for a 5-2 win. The first game was lost, 4 to 3 on an unearned run. In the last game of the series, the Sox were guarding a 4 to 3 lead going into the seventh. The A's tied the game and then got an unearned run, which turned out to be the winner, on an error by Mike Andrews.
Dick Williams wasn't satisfied after the dismal 3-6 road trip. Three of the losses were by one run and came as a result of poor defense in the late innings. The team came home in 6th place, 4 1/2 games behind.
Among the many early-season surprises was the veteran relief pitcher, former Negro league pitcher, John Wyatt. He depended on a VaselineĖaided forkball and the many reminders he had written on the fingers of his glove. He didn't surrender a run in his first five appearances (20 1/3 innings).
In the first game back against the Tigers on May 12th at Fenway, the Sox looked more like the Keystone Cops than a baseball team. With Wyatt on the mound and Al Kaline trying to steal second, catcher Bob Tillman rifled the ball down to second. The only problem was that Wyatt turned around to see the play. The ball hit him off the back of his head and ricocheted all the way to the batter's circle. By the time it was retrieved, Kaline had come all the way around to score. It was the signature moment of how sloppy the Sox had looked, thus far in the young season.
The players weren't happy with Williamsí emotionally harsh and icy rule. He had left Wyatt in the game on May 13th after he had given up six runs and the players, especially the pitchers, thought it was thoughtless and mean spirited. As if that wasnít enough, the players briefly considered mutiny, when the manager repeatedly ridiculed his players in front of the media.
Williams made a statement by benching Yaz. He felt treating the star of the team like just another player both solidified the his authority and it lit a fire under Yaz, so he would know he would no longer be coddled like the star, who was treated special in the past.
Early in the morning before a doubleheader on May 14th, Yaz met with coach, Bobby Doerr, for an extended session of batting practice. Yaz was in the best shape of his life and after the extended batting sessions, the ball started flying off his bat. His workout regimen was paying off. In the doubleheader against the Tigers, he led a Red Sox sweep, by going 3 for 8 and hitting two home runs. He was off to the greatest season of his career. He knocked out five home runs in four games.
Pitching was hurting the Sox however. They lost their next two games to the Orioles, 8-5 and 12-8. The Sox pitching staff had given up 56 runs in their last six games and in their last 37 innings, Sox pitchers had given up 17 home runs. To make it worse, Tony Conigliaro was lost to a two week stint in the reserves. They were in 7th place, 7 games behind, on May 17th. No one was thinking about the Red Sox as a pennant contender.
On May 19th, as Jim Lonborg pitched a gem against the Indians, he found himself behind going into the bottom of the 9th inning. But Reggie Smith lined a triple to center that scored Jose Tartabull, and was then brought home with a walk-off single by Tony Horton for the game winner. But the next night, Cleveland Indians outfielder, Chuck Hinton, hit a distant home run with a man on board in the 10th inning, to beat the Red Sox 5 to 3.
In a doubleheader with the Indians on May 21st, George Scott paced a 4 to 3, come-from-behind win in the first game, with a late inning two run homer. In the second game, Darrell Brandon, who had not won the game all year, beat the Indians 6 to 2, to sweep the doubleheader. Yaz went 3 for 7, with 4 RBIs and raised his average to .302.
The Sox ended their homestand at 5-5, but took 3 of 4 from the Indians and left for Detroit in 4th place, 5 1/2 games behind.
In the opening game in Detroit on May 23rd, Dennis Bennett beat the Tigers, 5 to 2. The Sox got home runs by Rico Petrocelli in the second inning off Mickey Lolich and by Carl Yastrzemski in the eighth-inning, with a man on.
Jim Lonborg (5-1) then pitched one of his finest games against the Tigers, on May 24th, beating them 1-0. He struck out 11 batters and four times he had the first man get on base and three times there was a man on third base with only one out. None of them scored. The Sox lost the final game to old friend, Earl Wilson.
In Baltimore, Billy Rohr started for the Sox on May 26th, and he had absolutely nothing on the baseball. Yet he managed to get through the first three innings and allowed only one run. He finally ran out of good luck in the fourth inning when the Orioles got him for three runs. Then in the next game, the Red Sox committed six errors. Manager Dick Williams had Dalton Jones at third and Tony Horton at first, but Horton was simply awful, as the Red Sox were beaten by the Orioles 10 to 0.
On May 28th Jim Lonborg stopped the three game losing streak by beating the Orioles 4 to 3. The Red Sox finished the road trip, going 3-3, and returned to Fenway in 5th place, 6 games behind.
Back home on May 30th, The Sox fell behind in the opening game of a doubleheader. But the Angels got sloppy in the sixth inning and one of their baserunners got jittery in the eighth allowing the Sox to come back to win it, 5 to 4. In the nite cap, Dennis Bennett, who had shut out the Angels in California, only got hit for a home run in the fifth inning of the second game, coasting home 6 to 1.
After sweeping the doubleheader from the Angels, Yaz slammed two homers as the Sox won their fourth straight, beating the Twins, 3-2, on May 31st. The Red Sox finished the month at 22-20, in 3rd place, and their manager was pleased.
As June started, Billy Rohr lost again the next night as Dean Chance shutout the Red Sox, 4 to 0, on June 1st.
On June 2nd, Jim Lonborg came within five outs of throwing a no-hitter at Municipal Stadium in Cleveland. He settled for a three hitter and a 2 to 1 victory, his seventh of the season. Yaz gave him all the runs he needed with his 11th HR of the season. In the next game, on June 3rd, Josť Santiago came in in the seventh inning and and got every batter he faced, nine men and nine outs. It hammered down a 6 to 2 victory over the Indians. In the final game, Steve Hargan, the Cleveland Indians most effective pitcher, threw his fourth shutout of the season, a five hitter that stopped the Red Sox, 3 to 0. The Sox took 2 of 3 from the Indians and Yaz had reached base in 31 consecutive games.
For the first time, Dick O'Connell was trying to win the pennant this year and not building for the future. On June 3rd, he dealt relief pitcher Don McMahon and a minor league player, to the White Sox for veteran infielder, Jerry Adair, who was a former teammate of Dick Williams. The following day he obtained starting right-handed pitcher, Gary Bell from the Indians, for Tony Horton and Don Demeter. Although Bell was having a mediocre year for the Indians, he had been an All-Star in 1966 and was a bona fide frontline starting pitcher.
The Red Sox had always been a haven for Tom Yawkey's cronies and friends, but now it was all business under O'Connell. The club was beginning to shed the losing reputation that they had had for so many years. Both moves paid immediate dividends.
Newcomer, Jerry Adair got three hits in the June 8th doubleheader that the Red Sox split with the White Sox. Yaz was 2 for 4 in the first game and boosted his batting average up 18 points to .322. Then he batted the Red Sox to a 7 to 3 victory over the White Sox and ended a three-game losing streak. The victory came the second game of the doubleheader after the White Sox won the opener. Yaz belted his 17th home run of the season, a 430 foot shot to straightaway center field, and had four hits in five at bats. He got his sweet revenge, by going six for nine in the doubleheader. As Yaz rounded third, after hitting his home run, he slowed down and tipped his cap toward the White Sox bench. Gary Bell made his Red Sox debut in the second game and got the win.
The next day, June 9th, was "Cap Day" at Fenway and the Washington Senators were beaten, 8 to 7, in a thrill packed game. Yaz (14 HRs, .328 BA) kept going at a mad pace and contributed a pair of home runs. He had hit six home runs in his last 32 times at bat, knocking in 39 runs, and had a slugging percentage of .630. The next day, Yaz doubled in the first inning just before George Scott hit one of his "taters" into the centerfield seats, but the Sox lost, 7 to 3.
In a doubleheader on June 11th, the Red Sox spotted the Senators three runs in each game and then went after them. It worked out for the Sox in the first game, when they caught them with Tony Conigliaro hitting a line drive off the pitcher's arm, to give the Sox a 4 to 3 victory. But although the Red Sox came back and squared things with the Senators in the second game, they saw Washington pull way. George Scott's three run homer in the ninth-inning left them short, as the Nats got a split with an 8 to 7 win.
With the Yankees in town on June 12th, Gary Bell blinded the Yanks, 3 to 1, on seven hits, striking out eight and walking only one. But the fans had a little more to cheer about. Russ Gibson, who waited all these years, to get into the big leagues, sent one of Joe Verbanic's pitches into the left-field net during the second inning, with a man on first. It was his very first big-league home run. Then the night, the Yankees got 12 hits off Jim Lonborg and pinned the second defeat of the year on him, 5 to 3.
In a doubleheader on June 14th, the Chicago White Sox provided the Red Sox with one of the wildest nights in some time. It ended with the Red Sox pulling out a near riotous second game, 6 to 1, to gain a split of a doubleheader. The first game was also a thriller, as Chicago hung on to win, 8 to 7, with relief pitcher Wilbur Wood, striking out George Scott with the bases loaded in the ninth-inning. Then, behind great pitching by Lee Stange, the Sox pulled out the second game for his first win of the season. He pitched seven strong innings, giving up just one run and five hits.
On June 15th, the Red Sox played one their best games of the season up to that point. For nine innings, neither Gary Waslewski, the Sox pitcher, nor Bruce Howard who was pitching for the White Sox, gave up a run.
Tony Conigliaro has had many big moments in his young major league career and he could add this game to the list. Tony belted a last-ditch walk-off two run homer, that beat the White Sox 2 to 1, in a fantastic 11th inning finish. In the top of the 11th, the White Sox appeared to wrap it up when they scored the first run of the game, to go ahead 1 to 0. But in the bottom half of the 11th, with two outs and Joe Foy on first base, Conigliaro came up to hit against relief pitcher John Buzhardt. The count went to three and two, when Conigliaro slammed a drive into the left-field screen that triggered a wild celebration.
The Sox then went back on the road. First they went to Washington and lost 3 of 4, but on June 17th, Jim Lonborg defeated the Senators, 5 to 1, for his eighth win of the year. Lonborg had now completed six games for the Red Sox and knocked in a run himself, to help his cause.
On June 19th, third baseman Joe Foy went to visit his parents in the Bronx before a game at Yankee Stadium. He was told his house was on fire as he arrived. Foy was responsible for getting his parents out safely, but the house was destroyed. The next day, June 20th, he hit a grand slam homer to beat the Yankees, 7 to 1.
In the next game, on June 21st, Yankee pitcher, Thad Tillotson, threw at Foy and Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg remembered that when Tillotson came to the plate the next inning, hitting him in the back. "Gentleman Jim" had a reputation of brushing back opposing hitters, and as Tillotson went down to first, he glared back at Lonborg and said something. Foy came across the diamond and both benches emptied. It took a dozen New York police officers to break up the melee. The Red Sox won 8 to 1 and the victory was Lonborg's ninth, leaving him just one less than his total wins in the previous year.
The Red Sox (33-31) ended their June road trip, again playing .500 baseball, going 3 and 3. They were in 3rd place, 6 games behind the White Sox.
On June 23rd, Joe Foy's hot bat led the Sox with an 8 to 4, victory over the Indians at Fenway. Foy had four hits, two of which were triples, and he scored three runs. The Sox took 2 of 3 from Cleveland. On June 25th, the Sox exploded with three home runs and bombed the Indians, 8 to 3. Bob Tillman, Joe Foy and Carl Yastrzemski were the slugging starts. Tillman, who had only eight hits all year, collected three in the game, including his first home run. The hot Joe Foy, again, had three hits and blasted his 10th home run of the year. Yastrzemski hit his 18th home run of the season with a man on.
In late June, owner Tom Yawkey threatened that he would take the team out of Boston unless a new stadium was constructed. He said he was losing money year after year with the Red Sox. Yawkey, who was in his 35th year as owner of the team, did not set a specific date for when the club could be moved. But when asked if the Red Sox would still be playing at Fenway Park five years from now, he answered "no".
For as long as he has owned the Red Sox, Yawkey had been strapped by inadequate parking and limited seating at Fenway Park. These two factors he claimed, were the major reasons for the Red Sox losing money over the years.
But things were changing for Yawkey and his team. As the Red Sox were starting to prove that they were in it for real, the fans in Boston started to get excited. Tom Yawkey soon became aware that the Boston fans would come out and support a contending team, something they hadn't seen since 1950.
Attendance started creeping up as older fans started driving in to the ballpark and the younger fans were streaming in. Their homestand in May averaged 13,000 fans for ten games. In the three games series with the Indians at the end of June, the Sox attendance averaged 28,000 each game, just 4000 short of a half million fans for the year, their best attendance mark in the last decade.
Dick O'Connell then sold Dennis Bennett to the Mets and optioned Billy Rohr to the Triple A team in Toronto. He brought up a great young pitcher named Sparky Lyle.
Then the Red Sox caught a series of breaks. On June 27th, as Gary Waslewski beat the Twins, 3 to 2, All Star Frank Robinson, suffered a concussion in a baserunning collision and the top American League All Star vote getter, Al Kaline, broke his finger slamming his bat into the rack. Tony Conigliaro was named to replace Kaline on the All Star team.
Conigliaro celebrated his selection to the All-Star team with a tape measure three run homer, that carried the Red Sox to a 5 to 3 victory over the Athletics in Kansas City, on June 30th. It also gave Gary Bell his fifth win against just one loss, since he was traded to the Red Sox.
The injuries to the two All Stars of the American League would help the Red Sox pennant chances dramatically and made an already tight pennant race, even tighter. The Sox ended June in 3rd place, 5 1/2 games behind the White Sox and just one game behind the Tigers.
On July 1st the Sox belted the Athletics, 10-2. Conigliaro, with three hits, including his 11th home run, had now hit nine home runs in his last 72 trips to the plate, or one in every eight times at bat. Jim Lonborg picked up his 10th win and was second in the major leagues to only Juan Marichal with 120 strikeouts.
On July 2nd, in a 2-1 Sox win over the A's, Catfish Hunter stopped Carl Yastrzemski's streak for reaching base at 56 straight games. So far this year, Yaz had only failed to get on base in only three games.
On July 3rd, Lee Stange kept the Red Sox winning streak alive by stopping the California Angels with a seven hitter, 9 to 3 at Anaheim Stadium. He was backed by home runs from Mike Andrews, Reggie Smith and Tony Conigliaro. But the Sox lost 2 of 3 to the Angels. In the last game of the series, the Angels beat the Sox, 4 to 3, on a ninth-inning walkoff two-run homer by Don Mincher.
The Sox lost three games in a row in Detroit. On July 7th with a 5-4 extra inning loss in Detroit, the Red Sox (40-37) had lost exactly 19, more than 1/2 of their games, by just one run. In their last 25 games, the Sox were 15-10, and all ten of the frustrating losses, were by one run. Finally, in the second game of a July 9th doubleheader, Jim Lonborg stopped the longest Red Sox losing streak of the season. After the Sox had lost the opener to the Tigers, 10 to 4, he pitched seven masterful innings in the second game, to give the Red Sox a 3 to 0 victory. Home runs by Reggie Smith and Carl Yastrzemski provided the winning runs for his 11th victory.
The Sox concluded the first half by winning only six on their 13 game road trip and went into the All Star break in 5th place, 6 games behind the White Sox. The Sox run production for the past eight games had been a meager 21 runs and only 15 of those were earned, or less than two a game.
The Red Sox were the top hitting team the American League. At the All-Star break, they were batting .254 as a team, six points better than Baltimore. Carl Yastrzemski (.324 BA) was third in the league in batting, fourth in home runs with 19, and third with RBIs at 56. Tony Conigliaro (.295 BA), Rico Petrocelli (.291 BA) and George Scott (.288 BA) were also in the American League top ten in batting. Jim Lonborg (11-3) was fourth in the AL in pitching.
In the All Star Game, Carl Yastrzemski, in six trips to the plate, had three hits, struck out once and drew two walks. Tony Conigliaro made the defensive play of the game. Orlando Cepeda, blasted what looked like an extra base hit to right-center. Conigliaro raced out and made a backhanded stab, running at full speed.
Following the All Star break, the Sox split a doubleheader in a home series against the Orioles on June 13th. The opening game victory went to Lee Stange, who did quite well until the sixth inning when he had the bases loaded with two out and the Red Sox ahead 4 to 1. Dick Williams called in rookie, Sparky Lyle, who fanned Boog Powell on three straight pitches to end the inning. Jim Lonborg won his 12th game of the year, had leads of 8 to 0 and 11 to 5, yet still needed help from his bullpen on July 14th.
On July 15th, Carl Yastrzemski hit his 21st home run, bettering his top home run total in his seven seasons of major league ball. The play of the game happened in the very first inning. With runners on first and second, Paul Blair slammed the ball on a line to left of Joe Foy, who one-handed it, threw to Mike Andrews to double up after Aparicio, and then as Snyder banged into him, he fell back a couple of feet and finally threw to first, with George Scott finishing off a triple play.
Sparky Lyle came out of the bullpen, once again, and put out a fire, shutting off the Detroit Tigers for a 9 to 5 Red Sox win on July 16th. The next day, July 17th, Yaz homered into the net in left, for his 22nd of the year, and his 61st and 62nd RBIs. Lee Stange was in trouble at the start of the game and maneuvered himself out of it, as the Red Sox went on to defeat the Tigers, 7 to 1. The Sox won four in a row, as they swept the Tigers, before heading out on a six-game road trip. In the homestand, Yaz batted .380 (8 for 21).
Healthy and on a hot streak, the Red Sox went into Baltimore and beat the Orioles twice behind Jim Lonborg, who won his major league leading 13th game on July 18th. The next day, July 19th, the Red Sox won their six straight game, 6 to 4. Joe Foy was 3 for 5 in the game and had 14 hits in his last 32 times at bat, for a .437 BA during that streak. The Sox pulled to 1 1/2 games of the American League lead and headed to Cleveland.
In the first game of the series, Darrell Brandon pitched a complete-game victory over the Indians on July 21st, giving the Red Sox sole possession of second place. On the next day, July 22nd, Lee Stange threw a 4 to 0 shutout, to push the team to within half a game from the top. On July 23rd, Lonborg won his fifth in a row, striking out 11 Indians and Gary Bell then beat his old teammate, Luis Tiant, 5 to 1 for the series sweep.
The Sox had won 10 in a row and had gone from 5th place to 1/2 game out, in second place. They had gotten everyone's attention, putting the club in its first pennant race in more than a decade. Another generation of Red Sox fans were starting to fall in love with the team. They were different from the war veterans who had cheered their invincible club of the late 1940s, and even those fans were starting to come back. The young women were coming for another reason. They were swooning over Tony Conigliaro and a large number of teenagers and college students were beginning to identify with the youthful Red Sox underdogs.
When the Red Sox returned to Boston, 15,000 fans were waiting for them at Logan Airport. Not even the Beatles, who had visited Boston the year before, had caused such a commotion. The players were stunned by their reception and joked that they would have to sacrifice Tony C. to appease the crowd. It was that night that baseball was reborn in Boston. Nearly as many people mobbed the Fenway Park ticket offices the next day for the upcoming homestand. It was the biggest walk up sale at Fenway Park since the 1940s pennant years. "Go Red Sox" bumper stickers seem to appear overnight on every car in New England.
The two hottest teams in baseball met at Fenway Park on July 25th, and the Angels won, 6 to 4. The Angels wrapped up the game in the first three innings against rookie Gary Waslewski.
On July 26th, Mike Andrews hit the ball only about 20 feet, to highlight a Red Sox comeback against the Angels. The seventh inning started with the Sox down, 4-1. A double off the wall by Conigliaro started it off. George Scott next hit a line to right-center that banged against the Red Sox bullpen. Conigliaro scored, while Scott was racing around and making it a triple. Petrocelli popped a fly ball to left that scored Scott, cutting the Angels lead to, 4 to 3.
Reggie Smith followed next with a high bouncer down the first base line. Don Mincher was ready to grab it, but the ball bounced over his head for a single. Norm Siebern bounced a ball between first and second, that Bobby Knoop got on the run, but as he turned to throw, the ball slipped out of his glove. Reggie was safe and then moved over to third.
Mike Andrews now strolled to the plate and was thinking about a bunt. So he tipped off Reggie at third, and the bunt went down the third-base line as Smith broke for home. It worked perfectly as Reggie scored the tying run and Andrews beat the play at first. Joe Foy was next and hit a ground ball down to Jim Fregosi at short. Andrews, who had taken a big lead, canceled any chance of a doubleplay or a force at second, as Fregosi threw the ball to first base. The play was fairly close at first, however, and umpire, Bill Haller, signaled that Foy was safe to load up the bases.
Now came Carl Yastrzemski, who blasted a ball off the wall in left-center. With everybody on the run, centerfielder, Jose Cardenal, threw the ball off off-line to the plate. The ball bounded toward the grandstand and Yaz rounded third and tried to score. Catcher Bob Rodgers fielded the rebound and threw it to Don Mincher, who nailed Yaz at the plate. Yaz was out, but credited with a double, and clearing the bases giving the Red Sox the lead in a 9-6 come-from-behind win.
The next day, on July 27th, the "Impossible Dream" took root. The Sox trailed the Angels, 5 to 2, in the bottom of the ninth. Fenway Park was packed with its largest crowd in years, when Mike Andrews led off the inning with a single to left. Joe Foy then came up and crashed a home run into left field screen, bringing the Sox to within one run. Tony Conigliaro jumped on the first pitch and sent it rocketing into the screen, tying up the game and sending it into extra innings. In the top of the 10th, Yaz snagged a line drive that was ticketed for extra bases. Moments later he fielded a hit by Bob Rodgers and gunned out Don Mincher at the plate, with what would have been the go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the 10th, Reggie Smith worked the count to, 3-2, then sliced a ball down the right-field line, scooting all the way to third base for a triple. Jerry Adair stepped to the plate and hit a chopper down the third-base line. The ball took a bad hop by Paul Schaal and Smith with the winning run, scored easily. The Sox players poured out of the dugout with a celebration that carried into the locker room. For the first time in decades, the Red Sox players actually believed they couldn't be beat.
The city of Boston and New England embraced the Red Sox with unbridled enthusiasm that bridged the generation gaps and drowned out a summer of political issues, that were reshaping the country and the world. The dominant voices on transistor radios throughout the summer were not those of the Beatles or the Beach Boys, but those of Red Sox broadcasters, Ned Martin, Mel Parnell and Ken Coleman.
The Sox lost the next game to Dean Chance and the Twins, 9 to 2, on July 28th. Then the following day, July 29th, four pinch hitters carried out their assignments, without a slip and Carl Yastrzemski's strong-arm twice cut down Minnesota baserunners, allowing the Red Sox to come from behind with a 6 to 3 win in the opener of a twi-night doubleheader. The Red Sox rallied with four runs in the eighth-inning, but the Twins toughened up and slaughtered Boston pitching in the second game with five home runs, in a 10 to 3 Sox defeat.
They lost to the Twins again, on July 30th with a bizarre play to end the game. With Mike Andrews was on third and Joe Foy was on first with the tying run, Carl Yastrzemski was at bat, with two outs. Yaz hit a high pop fly between the mound and the plate, slightly toward first base. Cesar Tovar, the Minnesota Twins secondbaseman, came in for it, as did firstbaseman Rich Reese. Catcher Gerry Zimmerman yelled for Tovar to grab the ball. Reese was yelling that he had it. Andrews, heading toward first also yelled that he had it, to distract them. Reese and Tovar collided as the ball came down. Reese had the ball in his glove but lost it as he fell backward. As he was falling to the ground, he reached out again and was able to grab it for the final out.
July ended with Lee Stange shutting out the Minnesota Twins, 4-0, with 6 2/3 no-hit innings on July 31st.
The last-place Kansas City Athletics battled the Red Sox to a split, in the twi-night doubleheader at Fenway, on August 1st. Backed by the five hit pitching from Chuck Dobson, the A's took the first game, 4 to 3. In the nightcap, the Sox battled back, with a 15 hit attack, to gain an 8 to 3 victory. The following day, Athletics tagged John Wyatt for four runs and charged from behind to whip the Red Sox, 8 to 6.
On August 3rd, Mike Andrews hit his second home run in two days, his only ones at Fenway Park in his career, and drove in the tying and leading runs in the sixth inning off Catfish Hunter. Dave Morehead pitched five innings of good relief ball, winning a 5 to 3 game. The Sox finished their homestand just as they had started it, in 2nd place, 2 games behind the White Sox.
Dick O'Connell made another key acquisition. He picked up former A.L. MVP, and nine time All Star, Elston Howard, on waivers, from the Yankees. Meanwhile, in Chicago, American League owners voted to split the league into two five team divisions. A 3 of 5 game divisional playoff series would determine which team would represent the A.L. in the World Series.
The first road trip in August did not go well. The Sox flew up to Minnesota for the start of a nine-game trip. But the Twins were in the pennant race too and they shut down the Red Sox three straight games. The Sox were shut out in the first game, 3-0 on August 4th. They lost the second game, 2-1, only getting three hits. Finally, on August 6th, Dean Chance threw a perfect game for five innings, before a 57 minute torrential rain ended it, with the Twins leading 2 to 0. The sweep enabled the Twins to move ahead of the Sox into second place, by one percentage point.
In Kansas City, the Red Sox rallied for a 7 to 5 victory over the Athletics in the second game of a twi-night doubleheader at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, on August 8th, to end a four-game losing streak. The Athletics won the first game, 5 to 3.
Jerry Adair, had three singles for two games in a row, driving in three runs on August 9th. And although the Sox rebounded and won 2 of 3 in Kansas City, they finished the road trip in California just as they had started it in Minnesota, losing three straight games, and scoring only three runs. Sox batters posted an anemic .199 batting average. But they hadn't lost any ground, finishing as they stated, 2 1/2 games behind.
What seemed special about the 1967 Red Sox was beginning to fade. The pressure seemed to be getting to Dick Williams when he benched George Scott for being overweight again. By losing 7 of 9 on the trip, they returned to Boston in fifth place. Fortunately, however, they remained the same as when they started the trip, 2 1/2 games out of first, crucial in the close American League race. The top five teams were only separated by three games.
Back at Fenway on August 15th, against the third place, Detroit Tigers, Dave Morehead pitched a 4-0 shutout in the opening game. In the next game, on August 16th, George Scott homered twice to lead the Sox in an 8-3 win. The Sox took two of three from Detroit and dislodged them from third place.
As attendance at Fenway Park topped the one million mark for the first time since 1960, governor John Volpe was endorsing a new 50,000 seat stadium to the Massachusetts legislature, that would have a retractable roof, and be home to both the Red Sox and Patriots.
The California Angels then came to Fenway Park and the Sox hoped to avenge their three-game sweep in Anaheim the previous weekend. Gary Bell pitched the series opener against Jack Hamilton on August 18th. The game was scoreless going into the fourth inning, when Tony Conigliaro came to the plate. Conigliaro took his stance leaning over the inside of the plate. Hamilton wound up and his first pitch rode in high and tight. But it was too late and the ball struck Tony on the left cheekbone, just underneath the eye. The players in the dugout cringed when they heard the sound. Conigliaro's cheekbone was crushed and his eyeball injured. He dropped as if he was shot, and lay motionless on the ground. Dick Williams and Rico Petrocelli sprinted toward home plate. Tony was awake but disoriented. Seconds later, Buddy LeRoux and team Doctor Thomas Tierney circled around their injured player. They tried to keep the conscious young star still, as they waited for an ambulance. For a full 10 minutes Fenway Park was stone silent as Conigliaro lay kicking his legs. As he was carried off the field, the crowd applauded him and then turned their attention toward Jack Hamilton, who stood motionless on the mound.
Jose Tartabull went to first as the pinch runner when play continued. Rico Petrocelli tripled him home for the first Red Sox run in a game they eventually won, 3 to 2. When Hamilton was lifted after five innings, the crowd booed him and an angry Carl Yastrzemski exchanged words with him.
Hamilton was shaken and insisted that he had not thrown at Conigliaro intentionally, and that because Conigliaro was standing over the plate, he was just trying to move him away. Although Conigliaro was wearing a helmet it didn't have the now common ear flap. He was rushed to the Sancta Maria Hospital in Cambridge, the same hospital where Harry Agganis had died, 12 years before. The next day, players arrived in a steady stream to find out if their teammate was okay. Jack Hamilton also tried to see him, but was turned away by the Conigliaro family.
And so the Red Sox, devastated over the tragedy, were left with a choice to collapse or play on. The next day, August 19th, they took their anger out on the Angels, and beat them on the field by a 12 to 11 score.
The two clubs played a doubleheader the next day, August 20th, and in the first game, Reggie Smith became the first player in Fenway Park, and the first Red Sox player ever, to hit home runs both left-handed and right-handed. The Red Sox beat the Angels, 12 to 2.
In the second game, the Red Sox fell behind, 8 to 1, but in the fifth inning they started to chip away at the lead. Smith hit his third homer of the day and in the eighth-inning, Jerry Adair finished off a five for seven afternoon, by knocking a game-winning walkoff home run into the left-field net. The sweep of the Angels series left the Red Sox only 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins, and one half game behind the second-place White Sox.
The next team to come to Fenway was the Washington Senators. On August 21st, the Sox won their fifth straight game, 6 to 5, when Jerry Adair crossed the plate with the running run in the ninth-inning, after Elston Howard lined a base hit into centerfield.After the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Washington Senators, 2 to 1 and a 5 to 3, on August 22nd, the standings showed that they were only one percentage point behind the American League leading Chicago White Sox. Jerry Stephenson won the opening game for the Red Sox, pitching a little over seven innings and having Dalton Jones knock in the winning runs. Then a three run explosion in the seventh inning of the second game, brought the Sox back for their seventh straight home win and ninth in their last ten games. After losing the next game, Elston Howard's first Sox homer won the last game of the series, giving the Sox a 10 win and 2 loss homestand, on August 24th.
Along with Chicago, Minnesota and Detroit, the four teams in the American League, were within one game of each other, atop the standings. The Red Sox (70-55) showed they were in it till the end and would not collapse.
The Red Sox left for a crucial five-game series with the White Sox. Chicago was in first place by one percentage point at the start. They split a doubleheader on August 25th, with Jim Lonborg picking up his 17th win in the first game. On August 26th Jerry Stephenson pitched five innings of no-hit ball, for a 6-2 win. The wins put the Sox in first place by 1/2 game.
The first game of the Sunday doubleheader that concluded the series on August 27th, remains the most memorable. Going into the ninth, the Sox led 4-3, when Ken Berry led off with a double down the left-field line. He was sacrificed to third and Duane Josephson came to the plate. He lined one to fairly short right field. The catch was made by Josť Tartabull as Berry tagged up from third. Jose's throw was high, but Elston Howard jumped up high to get it, and as he came down, his left foot blocked Berry's slide while the glove tagged the runner. Umpire Marty Springstead called Berry out and the game was over.
The Sox (73-57) won 3 of the 5 games in Chicago and left town one percentage point behind the Minnesota Twins, a game ahead of the White Sox, and 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit. Carl Yastrzemski (.318 BA) was second in the batting title race, was tied with Harmon Killebrew with 34 home runs, and led the league with 93 RBI. It was expected that Yaz and Jim Lonborg would provide the heroics, but role players, like Tartabull and Howard convinced fans that the "Impossible Dream" was indeed possible.
The loss of Conigliaro was significant because at the time he was injured, he was second on the team to Carl Yastrzemski in most of the offense of categories. The Red Sox missed both his power and the protection he afforded Yaz in the lineup. They started by signing outfielder, Jim Landis, who was waived by the Tigers.
But Landis' time with the Sox would be short-lived. 1000 miles away, an event that would affect the course of the Red Sox season was unfolding. Kansas City Athletics owner Charlie O. Finley, suspended pitcher Lew Krausse for what many viewed as a trumped-up offense. Krausse's teammates, led by Jack Aker, Ken Harrelson and a half dozen other players, read a statement criticizing Finley. Manager Alvin Dark refusing to bench Krausse, instead choosing to voice his support for the pitcher. Finley, not known for level-headed decisions, fired Dark, prompting Harrelson to publicly denounce the owner. The Kansas City papers wrote that Harrelson had called Finley a "menace to baseball." Finley seethed, and all the extra effort Harrelson had employed to try to appease his boss was wasted, when he was put on irrevocable waivers, because of his refusal to attend a press conference to apologize for the statement.
And so, the Red Sox were drawn into the first free-agent bidding war in baseball history. In many ways, the signing of Ken Harrelson (.273 BA) marked the end of the age where the owner was boss, and the beginning of the era in which players controlled their own destinies. The ability to add a player like Ken Harrelson, so late in the season, without having to give up a player, was a unique opportunity in 1967. Knowing he could be the difference in the pennant race, drew multiple teams from both leagues into the bidding.
Harrelson was patient, and within two days the White Sox had bid $100K in salary to a player who was only making $12K in Kansas City. He was someone the Red Sox desperately needed, and Tom Yawkey was not about to let money stand in the way of his first shot at a pennant in almost 20 years. Dick O'Connell signed him for $80K on August 25th, with a guaranteed second year in 1968. This was a sneak preview of what free agency would become.
Harrelson said he wanted to play in Boston because of the team's youth, their status as pennant contenders, the chance to play at cozy Fenway Park, and because his wife grew up in Arlington, Mass. Not only did he fill the void left in right-field, but he became a favorite to the fans and the press. Because of his personality, the flamboyant "Hawk" also provided a great help in taking the attention of the press off the media-conscious Yaz.
The Sox then flew to New York. It was "Yaz Night" at Yankee Stadium, where friends and family from Long Island came to honor their hometown hero. They saw the Sox win, 3 to 0, as former Yankee, Elston Howard, knocked in two runs behind the pitching of Dave Morehead on August 28th.
On August 29th, the Sox played their third doubleheader in five days. Jim Lonborg's three-hit, 11 strikeout pitching, had given the Sox a 2 to 1 victory in the first game. In the second game, Ken Harrelson made his debut and slammed a home run to briefly give the Sox the lead. The Yankees tied it up and inning after scoreless inning passed. Finally at almost 2 AM, after over six hours of play, Horace Clarke hit a walk-off single, to give the Yankees a 4 to 3 victory in the 20th inning. Reggie Smith had five stolen bases in the doubleheader.
Both clubs were back on the field the following day, August 30th, and with the game tied at 1 to 1 in the 11th inning, Carl Yastrzemski crushed a 420 ft home run to deep right center, giving the Red Sox a 2 to 1 victory. The Sox ended their road trip with a record of six wins in three losses, and came home leading the American League. The last time the Red Sox had returned to Boston in first place, was in 1949.
September started with four teams within 1 1/2 games of first place and the stage was being set for one of the most exciting pennant races in American League history. The pennant race shifted day by day between Chicago, Minnesota, Detroit and the Red Sox. At various times each club seemed certain to win and at other times each seemed destined to fail.
Chicago came to Boston and played in front of a packed Fenway Park at the beginning of September. After losing the first game of the series, on September 1st, Ken Harrelson doubled, tripled and homered in a 10-2 drubbing of the White Sox. But the Sox showed signs of exhaustion and lost three of four, falling out of first place.
When his teammates flew to Washington over Labor Day, Yastrzemski who was slumping, remain behind and took several hours of extra batting practice with Bobby Doerr before joining his teammates. He came out of a long slump and slammed his 36th home run in the first game of a doubleheader on September 4th. The Red Sox earned a split, thanks to Jerry Adair's clutch pinch-hit in the second game and started on another streak.
On September 5th, Yaz slugged two home runs in Washington. He was leading the American League in seven categories: home runs with 38, RBIs with 101, total bases with 304, slugging at .601, hits with 158, runs with 95 and extra bases with 67.
Returning back to Fenway, the Twins and the White Sox sat atop the American League, with the Sox and the Tigers just .001 point behind. As the teams jockeyed for position, the Sox took 3 of 4 from the Yankees at Fenway Park to remain just behind Minnesota, who also kept winning.
On September 7th, Jim Lonborg scattered three hits and struck out ten, taking the league lead with 210 Ks. He won his 19th game at Fenway Park, as the Red Sox topped the Yankees, 3 to 1. Old friend Bill Monboquette led the Yanks past the Sox in the second game. On September 9th, the Red Sox took the lead when Carl Yastrzemski hit his 39th home run and Rico Petrocelli hit his 15th. The Sox collected 13 hits in the game they won, 7 to 1. In the series finale, on September 10th, Gary Bell pitched a four hitter to beat the Yankees, 9 to 1, giving the Red Sox their 82nd victory.
Jim Lonborg tripled home the winning run and picked up his 20th win on September 12th, beating the Kansas City Athletics. The Sox made it seven wins in their last eight games when Rico Petrocelli's 3 RBIs beat the Athletics on September 13th. As a result, the Twins (84-63) and Sox (84-63) were tied for the American League's top slot, with the Tigers one game behind.
Then the Red Sox lost three straight games to the Baltimore Orioles, but ended up only a game behind. It was at this point that Carl Yastrzemski fashioned perhaps some of the greatest clutch performances in Red Sox history. He did it in every way, at-bat, in the field and on base. The four teams had proven thus far that there wasn't much of a difference between them, so as the St. Louis Cardinals were clinching the National League pennant, the Sox traveled to Detroit to battle for first place.
Yaz's streak began on September 18th. In the first game of the crucial showdown, down one run and with one out in the ninth, Yastrzemski turned on a fastball and drove it into the upper deck to tie up the game. Dalton Jones slammed a home run that won it for the Red Sox in the 10th inning, tying them with Detroit and Minnesota for first place at 85 wins and 66 losses.
The next night, September 19th, the Sox pulled out a ninth inning victory against the Tigers. Down 2-1, with two men on, George Scott lined a single to score Josť Tartabull to tie up the game. With the bases loaded, Dick Williams sent up Norm Seibern to pinch-hit and the first pitch to him was in the dirt, allowing Yaz to come home with the lead run. Russ Gibson hit a fly ball out to Al Kaline in right, and Scott tagged up and beat his throw to the plate, putting the Sox up for good, 4 to 2.
In Cleveland on September 20th, the Sox came back in the ninth inning for the third night in a row. The game was tied at four apiece as Yaz, who was been a part in all three ninth-inning rallies, lined a single to left-center for his fourth hit of the game. George Scott took four pitches off the plate, putting him on first. Reggie Smith then hit a fastball on a line to right for a single, that scored Yaz, giving the Red Sox another win, 5 to 4. Yaz (.316 BA) had also hit his, league leading, 41st homer of the year in the sixth inning, giving him a, league leading, 108 RBIs.
The Sox stretched their winning streak to four games with a 6 to 5 win, on September 21st, against the Indians. There were no ninth-inning heroics. As a matter fact the Red Sox had a 6 to 1 lead and let it disappear.
The Sox got blown out, 10-0, in the first game at Baltimore on September 22nd, but Jose Santiago pitched a great in the second game. Players who had been riding the bench, got their chance and pounded out 14 hits in an easy 10-3 win, to earn a split of the doubleheader. The following day, September 23rd, Yaz hit his 42nd home run of the season to put the Red Sox ahead, but Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson teamed up to come back and beat the Sox, 7 to 5.
Next to Yaz, Jim Lonborg, was the most significant player on the team. In the last game of the series, on September 24th, he held Baltimore scoreless through six innings, as the Red Sox built up a 7 to 0 lead. Then Dick Williams decided to bring in a relief pitcher so he could use Lonborg later. The Orioles stormed back but they were held off by the Sox, 11-7.
The Sox finished off their last road trip of the year, winning 5 of the 7 games, but all four contenders were basically where they had started. The Twins (90-68) were in first, tied with the Sox (90-68) 1/2 game back, Chicago (89-68), 1/2 game back, and Detroit (88-69), 1 1/2 games out. It would all come down to the last week of the season.
The Red Sox returned to Boston for two games against Cleveland and two against Minnesota to end the regular season. For the first time in ages, the Red Sox were in control of their own destiny, a prospect they found both thrilling and frightening.
In the first game against the Indians on September 26th, Yaz hit his 43rd home run of the year, but the Red Sox fell to Luis Tiant, 6 to 3. They Sox played a sloppy game, allowing a pop up to fall untouched and making several other errors. The other bright spot of the day was the fact that the Red Sox seasonal attendance swelled to 1,597,752 which exceeded the club record of 1,596,650 set in 1949.
The loss put the Red Sox back in third-place, one percentage point behind the White Sox and one game behind Minnesota. The Twins beat the Angels on a pair of tape measure home runs by Harmon Killebrew. Killebrew and Yaz were tied for the American League lead in home runs with 43.
The second game with the Indians on September 27th was worse. Dick Williams brought back Lonborg on two days rest. It didn't work and in three innings he gave up six hits and four earned runs, while Sonny Siebert shutout the Sox, 6-0. The Sox left the bases loaded twice, once with one out and once with nobody out. The second time saw the whole side struck out by two of the Indians relief pitchers.
But the pressure was affecting all four teams, because as the Red Sox fell to Cleveland, Minnesota lost to California and the White Sox dropped a doubleheader to the Athletics. So in spite of the loss, the Sox (90-70) moved into second place, tied with the Tigers (89-69), who didn't play, one game behind the Twins (91-69).
After thinking they were dead, the Red Sox knew they could still do it. The Red Sox and the Twins would meet for the final two games that would decide the pennant. With two days off both teams regrouped.
The White Sox were the first to bow out on September 29th, by losing their third straight game. The Tigers and Angels game was postponed due to cold and windy weather. As a result, the Tigers had a very difficult task. They would have to play two doubleheaders over the weekend to finish the season.
And so the stage was set. The Twins had the edge, because a split in the series would give them the pennant over the Red Sox. And it the Twins and Red Sox split, the Tigers needed to win three of their four games to tie the Twins.
In the second to last game of the season, on September 30th, Dick Williams went with Jose Santiago. After being used primarily in relief for most of the season, he had been equal to Lonborg down the stretch. Santiago gave up three hits, a walk and a run to the first four hitters and was in and out of trouble all day.
The Red Sox were opportunists. They made the mistakes, but the Twins made more of them. The Sox also got lucky breaks and used all them. Everything went right for the Red Sox in this do or die game, as it has all season. In the field, the nerves showed, as Russ Gibson failed to catch a pop up and Ken Harrelson misplayed a ball into a triple.
In the fifth inning, down 2-1, the good luck the Red Sox had been having all year, showed up again. Reggie Smith lined a double to left-center and Dick Williams went to the bench, sending Dalton Jones in to pitch hit for Russ Gibson. Jones hit the weakest kind of ground ball down to Rod Carew at second and just as Carew reached down for it, the ball took a crazy bounce and hit him on the shoulder. Jones ended up on first with a base hit, while Reggie legged it out to third. That brought up Jerry Adair. He flicked the ball out to right center for a base hit, allowing Smith to score the tying run.
With Jones at third, Yastrzemski came up and slammed a ground ball to the right of Harmon Killebrew at first. Killebrew missed it, but Rod Carew got to it and pitcher, Jim Perry was still standing on the mound, instead of covering first. Jones scored, Adair went to second and Yaz had a base hit. The Sox were given a gift and were winning 2 to 1. But the Twins tied it up in the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Twins manager, Cal Ermer, brought in Ron Kline to pitch and the first batter he faced was George Scott. Scott hit his first pitch, a low fastball, five rows up into the centerfield bleachers and the mob in the dugout almost tore his shirt off after he crossed home. That was mild compared to the excitement that came the seventh. With one out Mike Andrews checked his swing and beat it out for an infield hit. Adair then hit what should've been an easy doubleplay ball back to the mound. Kline threw to second in time, but Versalles dropped the throw and everybody was safe.
That brought up Yaz. The Twins brought in Jim Merritt and with the count 3 and 1, Yaz lined a fastball into the Twins bullpen for a three run homer, his 44th. The Sox were now up 6 to 2. Killebrew later smacked a ninth inning bomb to tie for the American League home run lead. But more importantly, the Red Sox won 6 to 4, and the Sox (91-70) and the Twins (91-70) were tied for first place.
Detroit won their first game of the doubleheader with the Angels, but they lost the second game. The Tigers (90-70) needed to sweep the Angels on the last day, to tie the winner of the Red Sox and Twins final game.
So, for the first time in 18 years, Red Sox fans woke up the next day, October 1st, with an opportunity to watch their team win the pennant. It was the third time in the 35 years Tom Yawkey had owned the Red Sox, that they had gone into the final game of the season with the pennant riding on the outcome. The first time was against the Cleveland Indians when they lost, in the playoff game of 1948. The second time was the next year, in 1949, when they lost to the New York Yankees on the last game of the season.
The Red Sox fans were ready and Fenway Park was packed. The whole nation was focused on Boston. NBC preempted the NFL and broadcast the Sox and Twins game nationwide.
Jim Lonborg took the ball and after getting Zoilo Versalles and Cesar Tovar out in the first inning, he walked Harmon Killebrew. Then Tony Oliva drilled a drive to left and the ball bounced off the wall above Yastrzemski's leap. Third-base coach Billy Martin saw what was happening and waived Killebrew around third. The throw came toward the plate and George Scott cut it off and threw wildly to catcher Russ Gibson's left, allowing Killebrew to score the first run of the game.
In the third inning, with two outs, Cesar Tovar worked a base on balls and Killebrew slammed a single to left-center. Yaz tried to make a quick play on the ball to hold Tovar at second, but the ball went by him to the wall and Tovar scored, making it 2 to 0.
Lonborg was scheduled to bat in the bottom of the inning and Williams never made a move to pinch-hit. Lonborg saw that Tovar was playing back at third, and so he elected to bunt. He pushed the ball between the mound in third base, surprising both players who never had a chance to throw him out. That was the play the change the game. Adair followed with a single through the infield, moving Lonborg to second. Dalton Jones bunted the first pitch he saw, foul and then pretended to bunt again. As the Twins infielders broke in toward him, he pulled the bat back and lined a single to left, to load the bases for Yaz.
With Yastrzemski coming up to bat, Lonborg didn't take a chance and stopped at third. With Yaz at center stage, in the biggest moment of his career, he ripped the second pitch he saw into centerfield for a base hit. Both Lonborg and Adair scored and tied up the game. Next up was Ken Harrelson who worked the count full, then chopped at a high fastball toward short. By the time the ball came down to Versalles, there was no play to be made anywhere, but he tried to get Jones, heading for home. The throw was late and Dalton scored.
The Sox were now up, 3-2, and that was it for Chance. Al Worthington was brought in to face Scott and threw a pitch in the dirt, that moved Yaz over to third and Josť Tartabull, who was running for Harrelson, over to second. And then he threw it in the dirt again. As the ball got by catcher Gerry Zimmerman, Yaz scored the fourth run.
Then Reggie Smith hit a hard one down to Killebrew, at first, that bounced off his leg and Tartabull scored the fifth run of the inning. Norm Siebern pinch-hit for Gibson and grounded out. Lonborg, who started the rally with a little bunt, came up for the second time in the inning and ended it with a pop up, but the Sox were up by three runs, 5-2.
Lonborg erased the Twins in the seventh inning, but in the eighth he ran into trouble. Rich Reese pinch-hit for Versalles and lined a single to center. Tovar hit a grounder to Jerry Adair, at second, who tagged Reese and threw to first to complete a doubleplay.
That doubleplay proved to be important because Killebrew and Oliva then both singled. Bob Allison was next and hit a soft liner down the left-field line into the corner that scored Killebrew. Oliva stopped at third and Allison decided to try for second. But Yaz threw a strike to Mike Andrews, who had replaced Adair. Allison tried to slide around Andrews and went by the bag. As he reached back, Andrews got him for the final out. It was another clutch outfield play by Yaz.
During the bottom of the eighth-inning, news of the Tigers' 6 to 4 win over the Angels, in the first game of their doubleheader, filtered down to the bench. If the Red Sox beat the Twins and the Tigers won their second game, then there would be a playoff. But first they had to beat the Twins.
Lonborg took the mound in the ninth and leadoff hitter, Ted Uhlaender sent a ground ball to Rico Petrocelli at short, that took a bad hop and went for a single. Rod Carew represented the potential tying run and was up next. He grounded a ball down to Mike Andrews at second base, who grabbed it, tagged the runner and flipped to first for a doubleplay. The Red Sox fans began to cheer as Rich Rollins came up for Minnesota's last hope. He swung and the ball floated up in the air toward Petrocelli, who watched the ball float gently into his glove as he leapt fly in the air.
It was over and the players made a mad dash from the dugout. There were fans rushing onto the field as Andrews and Scott boosted Lonborg aloft on the mound. The delirious mob tore his cap and his shirt off his body. Signs off the scoreboard disappeared as the celebration, that Boston hadn't seen since the end of World War II, went on and on out into Kenmore Square.
But there still was a game going on in California. For the next three hours, Red Sox players and fans had their ears glued to the radio along with all the Red Sox players, Dick Williams, Dick O'Connell and the Yawkeys. Finally at 7:43 PM, with the Angels winning, 8-5, Tigers secondbaseman, Dick McAuliffe hit into a doubleplay to end the game and the Red Sox were going to their first World Series since 1946.
The city paused as if trying to comprehend what had just happened. Yaz had climaxed his remarkable two weeks splurge by going 7 for 8 in the final two games, capturing the Triple Crown, leading the American League with a .326 batting average, 121 RBIs, and tied with Killebrew with 44 home runs. Lonborg's win in the final game was his 22nd, tying him with Earl Wilson of the Tigers.
The pennant race took so much energy that very little thought was given to the St. Louis Cardinals. The "Impossible Dream" had been completed in Boston, but the Cardinals had rolled over their opponents, behind Bob Gibson, the power of Orlando Cepeda, and the speed of Lou Brock.
Cardinals manager Red Schoendinst, had Gibson well rested so that he would be able to start three times if the World Series went seven games. Jose Santiago was sent out to pitch Game #1. The series opened up at Fenway Park and each pitcher pitched two scoreless innings. Santiago was just scraping by, pitching out of jams, and Gibson was dominant. None of the Red Sox hitters, even Yaz, were getting good swings on his pitches.
In the third inning, Lou Brock lined a single to center, moved to third on Curt Flood's double and scored when Roger Maris grounded out to George Scott, to put the Cardinals were up 1 to 0. Gibson had struck out five of the first eight men he faced when Josť came to bat in the third inning. Josť had two strikes run by him on the first two pitches, but then Gibson gave him a slow hanging curve that he parked into the left-field net, tying up the game.
The Cardinals used their speed to score the winning run in the seventh inning. Brock got his fourth single to open the inning. He broke for second and stole the base for the second time in the game. Flood hit a ground ball to George Scott at first, putting Brock on third-base. The infield had to be drawn in for Maris, who hit a ground ball to Jerry Adair's left at second base. Adair got to the ball, but he had no chance to getting the speedy Brock, who broke on the pitch, for home. That was the Cardinals' second run of the game and that's all Bob Gibson would need. He finished the Red Sox off with a six hit, 10 strikeout, masterpiece.
After the game, Yaz stayed at the park for extra batting practice. He jokingly said that with the extra work in the cage, he should hit a couple of homers tomorrow.
In Game #2, the Sox turned to Jim Lonborg. He stuck with what had worked and delivered an immediate message to Lou Brock, who had run wild in the first game, sending him to the ground. Lonborg retired the first 19 Cardinal batters before walking Curt Flood and took a no-hitter into the eighth-inning. Four outs away from immortality, Julian Javier, lined a high slider into left field for a double, but that was all.
True to his prediction, Yastrzemski had staked Lonborg to a one run lead in the fourth inning with a home run into the grandstand, 30 feet inside the right-field foul pole. Then in the sixth inning, with the count of two strikes and the ball, Cardinal reliever, Joe Hoerner gave Yaz a fastball on the next pitch. Yaz swung from his heels and the ball soared majestically over the bullpen, as Roger Maris just turned around and watched. Yaz had hit two home runs and Lonborg won the game, 5 to 0, with a one-hitter.
Game #3, was played in St. Louis and pitcher Nelson Briles changed speeds and mesmerizing the Red Sox hitters. Gary Bell got knocked around and was out by the second inning, but Gary Waslewski pitched three perfect innings in relief. Reggie Smith homered and Dalton Jones had three hits, but the Red Sox couldn't catch up, as the Cardinals won by a score of 5 to 2.
The Cardinals were confident and it showed in Game #4. The game was almost over before the Red Sox could reach into their bat rack. The Cardinals battered Jose Santiago with four runs on six hits in just two thirds of the first inning and with Bon Gibson on the mound, the Red Sox had a mountain to climb. Until the ninth-inning, none of the Red Sox players were able to reach second base. Gibson continued his mastery and scattered five hits, winning convincingly, 6 to 0.
But the Red Sox had come back from the brink all season and Lonborg got the call for Game #5. He pitched his third consecutive masterpiece, allowing just three hits and beating the Cardinals 3 to 1. He allowed only three hits and the Cardinals couldn't get a man to third base until the last inning, when Roger Maris stung one of his pitches into the right-field seats for a home run with two outs. His effort established a record for the fewest hits allowed in two consecutive World Series starts.
The series came back to Boston and Dick Williams pulled a surprise and started Gary Waslewski in Game #6. He had pitched well with limited play for the Red Sox during the season, and in relief during game three. It was a gutsy move, similar to the one Joe McCarthy made in pitching Denny Galehouse against the Indians in the 1948 playoff game. But this was a Red Sox team that didn't dwell in the past nor with a intimidated by it. Waslewski was able to keep the Cardinals off balance and for the first time in the series the Red Sox bats exploded.
Rico Petrocelli started it off with a home run in the second inning. Carl Yastrzemski started the fourth with a homer into the left-field screen. After the next two men had gone out, Reggie Smith pulled a slider into the right-field corner grandstand for the second home run. Then the next batter, Petrocelli, hit another home run into the screen, his second in in his first two at bats. The three home runs in one inning was a new record and the Sox won, 8-4, taking it to a deciding game seven.
They need only to win one game to become the second underdog team of the century in Boston, to win the World Series. The other, of course, was the "Miracle Braves" of 1914. But in order to do that they must get by Bob Gibson.
The difference in the World Series came down to one days rest. Bob Gibson and Jim Lonborg each had two wins, but the difference was that Gibson had an extra day of rest. In Game #7, Gibson gave up only three hits in the game and Lonborg was knocked out after six innings, when he was tagged for 10 base hits, including a home run by Gibson himself and a three run homer by Julian Javier.
Gibson gave up only one hit in the first seven innings, a line drive triple by George Scott in the fifth. The ball got by Curt Flood and bounced around the triangle at the 420 foot mark. Javier got the relay throw, but threw it into the Cardinals dugout allowing Scott to score. The Red Sox final run came in the eighth-inning. Rico Petrocelli doubled to start and went to third on a wild pitch. He scored on an infield out by Norm Siebern.
The rest of the afternoon was spent watching Gibson work the Red Sox hitters over, inside and out, and up and down. While Gibson was silencing the Red Sox batters, Lou Brock spent the afternoon running around the bases. He had stole three bases in the game, two in the fifth inning and a third in the ninth, setting a World Series record with seven stolen bases.
The real noise started when Yastrzemski came to bat in the ninth. The 35,188 fans showed no disgruntlement and Yaz received a standing ovation for everything he had done all season. He responded with a base hit to right-field. But Ken Harrelson and Yaz were erased on a doubleplay and George Scott went down swinging to end the Red Sox "Impossible Dream". The reality was that Bob Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals were the champions of baseball with a 7 to 2 victory.
The dream had grown day by day as the Red Sox kept coming back to post win after win, starting in April. It lasted through the frantic days of the pennant race, right down to the seventh game of the World Series. The Red Sox had waited 21 years to avenge the defeat at the hands of the Cardinals in 1946. They would have to wait another 37 years, until 2004. But they had achieved a more important victory, however, because they revived major league baseball in Boston.
|09/29/1966||Dick Williams is named new manager|
|11/29/1966||The Red Sox draft Bill Landis from Vancouver of the P.C.L.|
|01/23/1967||Tony Conigliaro signs $35K contract with the Red Sox|
|01/26/1967||The Boston Baseball Writers Dinner ... Tony Conigliaro wins 1966 MVP Award|
|01/29/1967||Carlton Fisk is the Red Sox' first pick in the amateur baseball draft|
|02/02/1967||Dick Williams heads to Florida for spring training|
|02/14/1967||Jose Tartabull, Don McMahon, Hank Fischer, and Dave Morehead sign their contracts|
|SPRING TRAINING DIARY|
|02/23/1967||Spring Training begins in Winter Haven, Florida|
|02/24/1967||John Wyatt and Bill Landis arrive in camp|
|02/25/1967||Tony Horton is considering holding out for a new contract|
|02/27/1967||Dalton Jones and George Thomas sign their contracts|
|02/28/1967||Don Demeter and George Scott arrive in camp|
|03/01/1967||Carl Yastrzemski arrives in camp|
|03/02/1967||VP Haywood Sullivan officially welcomes the team|
|03/03/1967||Tony Horton arrives in camp ... Marvin Miller meets with the players to discuss their pensions|
|03/04/1967||George Smith injures his knee ... Rico Petrocelli receives nod as infield captain|
|03/05/1967||Dom DiMaggio arrives in camp and meets with Reggie Smith|
|03/06/1967||Pitching coach, Sal Maglie, arrives in camp following the passing of his wife|
|03/07/1967||The Doerrs beat the Popowskis, 12-6, in the first intrasquad game ... Ted Williams arrives in camp|
|03/09/1967||The Popowskis beat the Doerrs, 6-3, with Mike Andrews and Carl Yastrzemski making fielding gems|
|03/10/1967||The Doerrs beat the Popowskis, 8-1. Tony Conigliaro homers and has an RBI single for the Doerrs.|
at Chicago White Sox (Sarasota)
Tony C. homers
at Kansas City Athletics (Bradenton)
George Thomas homers
Kansas City Athletics
Jose Tartabull homers
New York Mets
Reggie Smith homers
at Chicago White Sox (Sarasota)
Tony C. homers
at New York Yankees (Ft. Lauderdale)
at New York Mets (St. Petersburg)
at Detroit Tigers (Lakeland)
Tony C. hurts shoulder
Lonborg wins 3rd game
at Philadelphia Phillies (Clearwater)
New York Yankees
Yaz and Rico hit 2 HRs each
Los Angeles Dodgers
Russ Gibson w/walkoff HR
George Scott was released from the hospital ... helicopters are used to dry out Fenway Park
Joy Foy homers
at Minnesota Twins (Orlando)
Chicago White Sox
at St. Louis Cardinals (St. Petersburg)
Yaz hits 2 hrs, 6 RBIs
at Baltimore Orioles (Miami)
Tony C. drives in winner
at New York Yankees (St. Thomas, VI)
New York Yankees (St. Thomas, VI)
Yaz, Rico & Tartabull HRs
at New York Mets (St. Petersburg)
Scott & Smith homer
Dick Williams supervises a two hour fundamentals drill
at Pittsburgh Pirates (Ft. Myers)
at Detroit Tigers (Lakeland)
The Red Sox regulars beat the subs, 8-3, in an intra-squad game ... George Scott homered
Russ Gibson homers
at Detroit Tigers (Lakeland)
|04/11/1967||0-0||Chicago White Sox||pp|
|04/12/1967||1-0||1st||-||Chicago White Sox||W||5-4||Jim Lonborg||1-0|
|04/13/1967||1-1||3rd||-1||Chicago White Sox||L||8-5||Hank Fischer||0-1|
|04/14/1967||2-1||2nd||-1||at New York Yankees||W||3-0||Billy Rohr||1-0|
|04/15/1967||2-2||4th||-1||at New York Yankees||L||1-0||Dennis Bennett||0-1|
|04/16/1967||2-3||8th||-1 1/2||at New York Yankees||L||7-6||Lee Stange||0-1|
|04/18/1967||2-4||8th||-2||at Chicago White Sox||L||5-2||Darrell Brandon||0-1|
|04/21/1967||3-4||7th||-2||New York Yankees||W||6-1||Billy Rohr||2-0|
|04/22/1967||4-4||4th||-1||New York Yankees||W||5-4||Jose Santiago||1-0|
|04/23/1967||4-5||6th||-1 1/2||New York Yankees||L||7-5||Jose Santiago||1-1|
|04/24/1967||5-5||6th||-1||at Washington Senators||W||7-4||John Wyatt||1-0|
|04/25/1967||6-5||4th||-1/2||at Washington Senators||W||9-3||Hank Fischer||1-1|
|04/26/1967||6-5||4th||-1/2||at Washington Senators||pp|
|04/28/1967||7-5||2nd||-1/2||Kansas City Athletics||W||3-0||Jim Lonborg||2-0|
|04/29/1967||8-5||1st||-||Kansas City Athletics||W||11-10||Don McMahon||1-0|
|04/30/1967||8-6||3rd||-1||Kansas City Athletics||L||1-0||Darrell Brandon||0-2|
|05/01/1967||9-6||2nd||-1/2||at California Angels||W||4-0||Dennis Bennett||1-1|
|05/02/1967||9-7||2nd||-1||at California Angels||L||3-2||Hank Fischer||1-2|
|05/03/1967||9-8||3rd||-1||at California Angels||L||2-1||Jim Lonborg||2-1|
|05/05/1967||9-9||5th||-2||at Minnesota Twins||L||5-2||Billy Rohr||2-1|
|05/06/1967||9-10||5th||-3||at Minnesota Twins||L||4-2||Darrell Brandon||0-3|
|05/07/1967||10-10||5th||-3||at Minnesota Twins||W||9-6||Dan Osinski||1-0|
|05/09/1967||10-11||5th||-4||at Kansas City Athletics||L||4-3||Don McMahon||1-1|
|11-11||5th||-3 1/2||W||5-2||John Wyatt||2-0|
|05/10/1967||11-12||6th||-4 1/2||at Kansas City Athletics||L||7-4||Lee Stange||0-2|
|05/12/1967||11-13||6th||-5 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||5-4||Darrell Brandon||0-4|
|05/13/1967||11-14||8th||-6 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||10-8||John Wyatt||2-1|
|05/14/1967||12-14||6th||-6||Detroit Tigers||W||8-5||Jim Lonborg||3-1|
|05/16/1967||13-15||5th||-6||Baltimore Orioles||L||8-5||John Wyatt||2-2|
|05/17/1967||13-16||7th||-7||Baltimore Orioles||L||12-8||Galen Cisco||0-1|
|05/19/1967||14-16||4th||-7||Cleveland Indians||W||3-2||Jim Lonborg||4-1|
|05/20/1967||14-17||7th||-7||Cleveland Indians||L||5-3||Don McMahon||1-2|
|05/21/1967||15-17||6th||-6||Cleveland Indians||W||4-3||John Wyatt||3-2|
|16-17||4th||-5 1/2||W||6-2||Darrell Brandon||1-4|
|05/23/1967||17-17||4th||-5||at Detroit Tigers||W||5-2||Dennis Bennett||2-1|
|05/24/1967||18-17||3rd||-5||at Detroit Tigers||W||1-0||Jim Lonborg||1-0|
|05/25/1967||18-18||3rd||-5 1/2||at Detroit Tigers||L||9-3||Jose Santiago||2-2|
|05/26/1967||18-19||5th||-6||at Baltimore Orioles||L||4-3||Billy Rohr||2-2|
|05/27/1967||18-20||6th||-7||at Baltimore Orioles||L||10-0||Darrell Brandon||1-5|
|05/28/1967||19-20||5th||-6||at Baltimore Orioles||W||4-3||Jim Lonborg||6-1|
|05/30/1967||20-20||5th||-6||California Angels||W||5-4||Dan Osinski||2-0|
|21-20||4th||-5 1/2||W||6-1||Dennis Bennett||3-1|
|05/31/1967||22-20||3rd||-4 1/2||Minnesota Twins||W||3-2||Darrell Brandon||2-5|
|06/01/1967||22-21||4th||-4 1/2||Minnesota Twins||L||4-0||Billy Rohr||2-3|
|06/02/1967||23-21||3rd||-4 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||2-1||Jim Lonborg||7-1|
|06/03/1967||24-21||3rd||-3 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||6-2||Dennis Bennett||4-1|
|06/04/1967||24-22||4th||-4||at Cleveland Indians||L||3-0||Lee Stange||0-3|
|06/06/1967||24-23||4th||-6||at Chicago White Sox||L||5-3||Darrell Brandon||2-6|
|06/07/1967||24-23||4th||-5 1/2||at Chicago White Sox||pp|
|06/08/1967||24-24||4th||-6||at Chicago White Sox||L||5-2||Dennis Bennett||4-2|
|25-24||4th||-5 1/2||W||7-3||Gary Bell||2-5|
|06/09/1967||26-24||4th||-4 1/2||Washington Senators||W||8-7||Jose Santiago||3-2|
|06/10/1967||26-25||4th||-5 1/2||Washington Senators||L||7-3||Lee Stange||0-4|
|06/11/1967||27-25||4th||-4 1/2||Washington Senators||W||4-3||Jose Santiago||4-2|
|06/12/1967||28-26||4th||-4||New York Yankees||W||3-1||Gary Bell||3-5|
|06/13/1967||28-27||4th||-5||New York Yankees||L||5-3||Jim Lonborg||7-2|
|06/14/1967||28-28||3rd||-6||Chicago White Sox||L||8-7||Dennis Bennett||4-3|
|06/15/1967||30-28||3rd||-4||Chicago White Sox||W||2-1||John Wyatt||4-2|
|06/16/1967||30-29||4th||-4 1/2||at Washington Senators||L||1-0||Gary Bell||3-6|
|06/17/1967||31-30||3rd||-5||at Washington Senators||W||5-1||Jim Lonborg||8-2|
|06/18/1967||31-31||4th||-6 1/2||at Washington Senators||L||3-2||Jose Santiago||4-3|
|06/19/1967||31-31||5th||-6 1/2||at New York Yankees||pp|
|06/20/1967||32-31||4th||-5 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||7-1||Gary Bell||4-6|
|06/21/1967||33-31||3rd||-6||at New York Yankees||W||8-1||Jim Lonborg||9-2|
|06/22/1967||33-31||3rd||-6||at New York Yankees||pp|
|06/23/1967||34-31||3rd||-5||Cleveland Indians||W||8-4||Lee Stange||2-4|
|06/24/1967||34-32||3rd||-6||Cleveland Indians||L||3-2||Darrell Brandon||2-7|
|06/25/1967||35-32||3rd||-5||Cleveland Indians||W||8-3||Gary Bell||5-6|
|06/26/1967||35-33||3rd||-6||at Minnesota Twins||L||2-1||Jim Lonborg||9-3|
|06/27/1967||36-33||3rd||-6||at Minnesota Twins||W||3-2||Gary Waslewski||1-0|
|06/28/1967||36-34||3rd||-7||at Minnesota Twins||L||3-2||Lee Stange||2-5|
|06/30/1967||37-34||3rd||-5 1/2||at Kansas City Athletics||W||5-3||Gary Bell||6-6|
|07/01/1967||38-34||2nd||-5 1/2||at Kansas City Athletics||W||10-2||Jim Lonborg||10-3|
|07/02/1967||39-34||2nd||-4 1/2||at Kansas City Athletics||W||2-1||Gary Waslewski||2-0|
|07/03/1967||40-34||2nd||-3 1/2||at California Angels||W||9-3||Lee Stange||3-5|
|07/04/1967||40-35||4th||-4 1/2||at California Angels||L||4-3||Gary Bell||6-7|
|07/05/1967||40-36||4th||-5 1/2||at California Angels||L||4-3||Jose Santiago||4-4|
|07/07/1967||40-37||4th||-6||at Detroit Tigers||L||5-4||John Wyatt||4-4|
|07/08/1967||40-38||5th||-7||at Detroit Tigers||L||2-0||Lee Stange||3-6|
|07/09/1967||40-39||5th||-7||at Detroit Tigers||L||10-4||Gary Bell||6-8|
|07/10/1967||All Star Game Break|
|07/13/1967||42-39||5th||-5||Baltimore Orioles||W||4-2||Lee Stange||4-6|
|07/14/1967||43-40||5th||-5 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||11-5||Jim Lonborg||12-3|
|07/15/1967||44-40||5th||-4 1/2||Baltimore Orioles||W||5-1||Jose Santiago||5-4|
|07/16/1967||45-40||3rd||-4||Detroit Tigers||W||9-5||Darrell Brandon||3-7|
|07/17/1967||46-40||3rd||-3 1/2||Detroit Tigers||W||7-1||Lee Stange||5-6|
|07/18/1967||47-40||3rd||-2 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||6-2||Jim Lonborg||13-3|
|07/19/1967||48-40||3rd||-1 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||6-4||Jose Santiago||6-4|
|07/20/1967||48-40||3rd||-1 1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||pp|
|07/21/1967||49-40||2nd||-1 1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||6-2||Darrell Brandon||4-7|
|07/22/1967||50-40||2nd||-1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||4-0||Lee Stange||6-6|
|07/23/1967||51-40||2nd||-1/2||at Cleveland Indians||W||8-5||Jim Lonborg||14-3|
|07/25/1967||52-41||2nd||-2||California Angels||L||6-4||Gary Waslewski||2-1|
|07/26/1967||53-41||2nd||-1 1/2||California Angels||W||9-6||Bill Landis||1-0|
|07/27/1967||54-41||2nd||-1||California Angels||W||6-5||Sparky Lyle||1-0|
|07/28/1967||54-42||2nd||-1||Minnesota Twins||L||9-2||Jim Lonborg||14-4|
|07/29/1967||55-42||2nd||-1||Minnesota Twins||W||6-3||John Wyatt||5-4|
|55-43||2nd||-1 1/2||L||10-3||Gary Waslewski||2-2|
|07/30/1967||55-44||2nd||-2||Minnesota Twins||L||7-5||Darrell Brandon||4-8|
|07/31/1967||56-44||2nd||-2||Minnesota Twins||W||4-0||Lee Stange||7-6|
|08/01/1967||56-45||2nd||-3||Kansas City Athletics||L||4-3||Dave Morehead||0-1|
|57-45||2nd||-2 1/2||W||8-3||Jim Lonborg||15-4|
|08/02/1967||57-46||2nd||-2 1/2||Kansas City Athletics||L||8-6||John Wyatt||5-5|
|08/03/1967||58-46||2nd||-2||Kansas City Athletics||W||5-3||Dave Morehead||1-1|
|08/04/1967||58-47||2nd||-2 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||L||3-0||Jim Merritt||8-3|
|08/05/1967||58-48||2nd||-3||at Minnesota Twins||L||2-1||Lee Stange||7-7|
|08/06/1967||58-49||3rd||-2 1/2||at Minnesota Twins||L||2-0||Jim Lonborg||2-0|
|08/08/1967||58-50||2nd||-3 1/2||at Kansas City Athletics||L||5-3||Dave Morehead||1-2|
|59-50||2nd||-2 1/2||W||7-5||John Wyatt||6-5|
|08/09/1967||60-50||2nd||-1 1/2||at Kansas City Athletics||W||5-1||Jim Lonborg||16-5|
|08/11/1967||60-51||3rd||-2||at California Angels||L||1-0||Lee Stange||7-8|
|08/12/1967||60-52||4th||-2||at California Angels||L||2-1||Gary Bell||7-10|
|08/13/1967||60-53||5th||-2 1/2||at California Angels||L||3-2||Jim Lonborg||16-6|
|08/15/1967||61-53||4th||-3||Detroit Tigers||W||4-0||Dave Morehead||2-2|
|08/16/1967||62-53||3rd||-3||Detroit Tigers||W||8-3||Darrell Brandon||5-9|
|08/17/1967||62-54||4th||-3 1/2||Detroit Tigers||L||7-4||Sparky Lyle||1-1|
|08/18/1967||63-54||4th||-3||California Angels||W||3-2||Gary Bell||8-10|
|08/19/1967||64-54||3rd||-3||California Angels||W||12-11||Dan Osinski||3-1|
|08/20/1967||65-54||3rd||-2||California Angels||W||12-2||Lee Stange||8-9|
|66-54||3rd||-1 1/2||W||9-8||Jose Santiago||7-4|
|08/21/1967||67-54||3rd||-1||Washington Senators||W||6-5||John Wyatt||7-5|
|08/22/1967||68-54||2nd||-1||Washington Senators||W||2-1||Jerry Stephenson||1-0|
|08/23/1967||69-55||2nd||-1||Washington Senators||L||3-2||Sparky Lyle||1-2|
|08/24/1967||70-55||2nd||-||Washington Senators||W||7-5||Dave Morehead||3-2|
|08/25/1967||71-55||1st||+1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||7-1||Jim Lonborg||17-6|
|08/26/1967||72-56||1st||+1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||6-2||Jerry Stephenson||2-0|
|08/27/1967||73-56||1st||+1/2||at Chicago White Sox||W||4-3||Gary Bell||10-10|
|08/28/1967||74-57||2nd||-||at New York Yankees||W||3-0||Dave Morehead||4-2|
|08/29/1967||75-57||1st||+1||at New York Yankees||W||2-1||Jim Lonborg||18-6|
|08/30/1967||76-58||1st||+1 1/2||at New York Yankees||W||2-1||John Wyatt||8-6|
|08/31/1967||76-59||1st||+1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||4-2||Gary Bell||10-11|
|09/01/1967||77-59||1st||+1/2||Chicago White Sox||W||10-2||Jose Santiago||8-4|
|09/02/1967||77-60||2nd||-1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||4-1||Jim Lonborg||18-7|
|09/03/1967||77-61||2nd||-1/2||Chicago White Sox||L||4-0||Lee Stange||8-9|
|09/04/1967||77-62||2nd||-1/2||at Washington Senators||L||5-2||Dave Morehead||4-3|
|09/05/1967||79-62||2nd||-1/2||at Washington Senators||W||8-2||Gary Bell||11-11|
|09/07/1967||80-62||2nd||-||New York Yankees||W||3-1||Jim Lonborg||19-7|
|09/08/1967||80-63||3rd||-1/2||New York Yankees||L||5-2||Lee Stange||8-10|
|09/09/1967||81-63||3rd||-1/2||New York Yankees||W||7-1||Dave Morehead||5-3|
|09/10/1967||82-63||2nd||-1/2||New York Yankees||W||9-1||Gary Bell||12-11|
|09/12/1967||83-63||1st||-||Kansas City Athletics||W||3-1||Jim Lonborg||20-7|
|09/13/1967||84-63||1st||-||Kansas City Athletics||W||4-2||John Wyatt||9-6|
|09/15/1967||84-64||1st||-||Baltimore Orioles||L||6-2||Dave Morehead||5-4|
|09/16/1967||84-65||2nd||-1||Baltimore Orioles||L||4-1||Jim Lonborg||20-8|
|09/17/1967||84-66||3rd||-1||Baltimore Orioles||L||5-2||Gary Bell||12-12|
|09/18/1967||85-66||1st||-||at Detroit Tigers||W||6-5||Jose Santiago||9-4|
|09/19/1967||86-66||1st||-||at Detroit Tigers||W||4-2||Jose Santiago||10-4|
|09/20/1967||87-66||1st||-||at Cleveland Indians||W||5-4||John Wyatt||10-6|
|09/21/1967||88-66||1st||-||at Cleveland Indians||W||6-5||Gary Bell||13-12|
|09/22/1967||88-67||2nd||-1||at Baltimore Orioles||L||10-0||Jerry Stephenson||3-1|
|09/23/1967||89-68||3rd||-1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||L||7-5||John Wyatt||10-7|
|09/24/1967||90-68||2nd||-1/2||at Baltimore Orioles||W||11-7||Jim Lonborg||21-8|
|09/26/1967||90-69||3rd||-1||Cleveland Indians||L||6-3||Gary Bell||13-13|
|09/27/1967||90-70||2nd||-1||Cleveland Indians||L||6-0||Jim Lonborg||21-9|
|09/30/1967||91-71||1st||-||Minnesota Twins||W||6-4||Jose Santiago||12-4|
|10/01/1967||92-71||1st||+1||Minnesota Twins||W||5-3||Jim Lonborg||22-9|
The St. Louis Cardinals arrive at Logan Airport
The Sox work out at Fenway Park and go over the Cardinals' scouting reports
|THE WORLD SERIES|
|10/04/1967||0-1||Game #1||St. Louis Cardinals||L||2-1||Jose Santiago||0-1|
|10/05/1967||1-1||Game #2||St. Louis Cardinals||W||5-0||Jim Lonborg||1-0|
The Sox work out in an intermittent drizzle at Busch Stadium
|10/07/1967||1-2||Game #3||at St. Louis Cardinals||L||5-2||Gary Bell||0-1|
|10/08/1967||1-3||Game #4||at St. Louis Cardinals||L||6-0||Jose Santiago||0-2|
|10/09/1967||2-3||Game #5||at St. Louis Cardinals||W||3-1||Jim Lonborg||2-0|
The Sox take batting practice at Fenway and do interviews
|10/11/1967||3-3||Game #6||St. Louis Cardinals||W||8-4||John Wyatt||1-0|
|10/12/1967||3-4||Game #7||St. Louis Cardinals||L||7-2||Jim Lonborg||0-2|
|1967 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING|