Often referred to as The Impossible Dream, the 1967 Boston Red Sox season shocked the baseball world as the beloved Bean-towners recorded their first winning season (90-72) since 1958 and reached the World Series for the first time since 1946.
In doing so, the BoSox also became the first team in the 20th century to jump from ninth place (72-90 in 1966) to first as they won the American League flag by one game on the last day of the season in one of the most exciting pennant races ever.
Four teams had a chance. The Twins (91-71) had led the American League by one game with two to play, but they lost their last two games to Boston at Fenway. Meanwhile, the Tigers also finished one game out, as they split two doubleheaders with the Angels on the last two days of the season; and the White Sox dropped their last five games to finish 89-73, three games out.
Carl Yastrzemski was American League MVP after winning the Triple Crown (.326, 44, 121), and — along with 22-game winner Jim Lonborg — led the BoSox to the pennant.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals (101-60) had breezed to the National League top spot, 10-1/2 games over the second-place San Francisco Giants.
In the World Series, Yastrzemski hit .400, and cracked three homers; but the Cards won in seven games behind Bob Gibson who had three victories despite missing a third of the season with a broken leg. Speedy Cardinal leftfielder Lou Brock hit .414, stole a Series record seven bases, and scored eight runs.
The 1967 baseball season also featured the 500th homers by two players – Mickey Mantle and Eddie Mathews. Roberto Clemente won the NL Batting crown with a career-high .357.
Now you can relive and replay these and other memorable events and games on your tabletop with every player who saw action in the 1967 season rated for play in SherCo GrandSlam Baseball Game.