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1967 AL Pennant Race. October 1st. The Red Sox win the pennant behind Lonborg's 22nd win and 4 for 4 day by Carl Yastrzemski, who also wins the triple crown.

Posted by Ken Revis at 7:56 AM on October 2, 2011

This is part of a series on the 1967 American League Pennant Race.

Sunday, October 1, 1967. This is the last day of the season, with the Red Sox and Twins tied for 1st, and the Tigers only 1/2 game back.

AL Standings
Team W L W-L% GB
Twins 91 70 .565 --
Red Sox 91 70 .565 --
Tigers 90 70 .563 0.5




Red Sox 5, Twins 3.

Before 35,770 fans at Fenway Park in Boston, the Red Sox beat the Twins and await the results of the Tigers doubleheader to see if they are AL champs. Jim Lonborg wins his 22nd game of the year, going all 9 innings. He gives up 3 runs, 1 earned, on 7 hits. His final record for the regular season is 22 and 9. Minnesota's Dean Chance opposes Lonborg, and lasts until 5 batters into the 6th inning, when Boston scores all its 5 runs. In the 6th, Chance gives up a bunt single to Lonborg followed by 3 straight singles, including 1 to Carl Yastrzemski that scores 2 runs. After a fielder's choice that also scores a run, Al Worthington comes on in relief. Worthington throws 2 wild pitchers to George Scott, allowing a run to score, but then proceeds to strike Scott out. After giving up a walk and ground ball error to the next 2 batters, allowing 1 more run to score, Worthington retires the final 2 batters. The Red Sox bat around in the inning, with Lonborg making the last out on a fly ball. Chance is charged with 5 runs on 8 hits. Worthington officially shows 0 runs allowed on 0 hits over his 1 inning. Jim Roland comes on in the 7th and gives up 3 straight singles, after which Mudcat Grant (2 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit) induces a double play and a strikeout. Yastrzemski is 4 for 4 in the game, including his 31st double of the year. He knocks in 2 runs and ends out winning the triple crown with a .326 batting average, 44 home runs (tied with Harmon Killebrew), and 121 RBI's. No one has won a triple crown since. The only extra base hit for Minnesota is Tony Oliva's 34th double. The Red Sox have 12 hits, 2 errors, and leave 7 on base. The Twins have 7 hits, 1 error, and leave 5. See Game


Tigers 6, Angels 4. Angels 8, Tigers 5.

The Tigers, with an opportunity to move into a tie with the Red Sox if they sweep their doubleheader with the Angels, win the 1st game but lose the 2nd. The Red Sox, as a result, win the AL pennant. 38,398 fans watch the games at Tiger Stadium in Detroit. In the opener, Joe Sparma wins his 16th of the year, giving up 4 runs on 7 hits over 7 innings. His final record for 1967 is 16 and 9. Fred Gladding picks up his 12th save of the year, pitching 2 scoreless innings on 1 hit. Clyde Wright starts for the Angels and lasts only 2 2/3 innings, giving up 5 runs, 2 earned, on 6 hits. Wright takes the loss, evening his record at 5-5. Bill Kelso (1/3 inning, 0 runs, 0 hits), Jack Hamilton (3 innings, 1 run, 5 hits), and Pete Cimino (2 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit) all relieve for California. For Detroit, Dick Tracewski and Bill Freehan have 3 hits. Willie Horton hits his 20th double and his 19th home run, in the 1st inning with 1 aboard. Don Mincher has 2 home runs for the Angels - one in the 2nd with the bases empty, and the other in the 8th with 1 on. He now has 24 home runs on the year. Also for California, Buck Rodgers has 3 hits, including his 6th homer of the year, in the 4th inning with the bases empty. The Tigers have 12 hits, 2 errors, and leave 6 on base. The Angels have 8 hits, 1 error, and leave 7. See Game

In the nightcap, the Tigers fall short, and end up tied with the Twins, 1 game behind the Red Sox. They use 8 pitchers in the game and the Angels 5. Rickey Clark starts for the Angels and lasts 1 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. After Curt Simmons pitches a scoreless 1/3 inning, Jim McGlothlin comes on in the 3rd and goes 4 2/3 innings, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits. He gets the win, finishing the year at 12 and 8. Minnie Rojas (1 1/3 innings, 2 hits) and George Brunet (1 inning, 0 hits) pitch a combined 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Brunet gets his 1st save of the year. For Detroit, Denny McLain starts and manages only 2 2/3 innings, giving up 3 runs on 4 hits. John Hiller comes on in relief of McLain and goes 2/3 of an inning, giving up 3 runs on 1 hit, a 2-run homer by Mincher, his 3rd of the day and 25th of the year. Hiller is charged with the loss, moving his record to 4 and 3. The remaining 6 Tiger pitchers give up 2 runs on 5 hits in 5 2/3 innings. In addition to Mincher's home run, Rich Reichardt also homers for the Angels, his 17th of the year, in the 2nd inning with the bases empty. Also for California, Reichardt doubles, his 14th, as does Jim Fregosi, his 23rd. Roger Repoz also hits his 2nd triple for the Angels. Jim Northrup clouts his 10th home run of the year for the Tigers, in the 2nd inning with 1 aboard. Also for Detroit, Freehan (23rd) and Eddie Mathews (16th) double, and Dick McAuliffe hits his 7th triple. The Angels have 10 hits, 0 errors, and leave 6 on base. The Tigers have 10 hits, 0 errors, and leave 5. See Game

The Red Sox win the AL Pennant, ending out 1 game ahead of both the Twins and Tigers.

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Categories: 1967 AL Pennant Race
Teams: Angels, Red Sox, Tigers, Twins
Players: George Brunet, Dean Chance, Pete Cimino, Rickey Clark, Bill Freehan, Jim Fregosi, Fred Gladding, Mudcat Grant, Jack Hamilton, John Hiller, Willie Horton, Bill Kelso, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Lonborg, Eddie Mathews, Dick McAuliffe, Jim McGlothlin, Denny McLain, Don Mincher, Jim Northrup, Tony Oliva, Roger Repoz, Buck Rodgers, Minnie Rojas, Jim Roland, George Scott, George Scott, Scott, Curt Simmons, Joe Sparma, Dick Tracewski, Al Worthington, Clyde Wright, Carl Yastrzemski
Games: BOS196710010, DET196710011, DET196710012

Comments about 1967 AL Pennant Race. October 1st. The Red Sox win the pennant behind Lonborg's 22nd win and 4 for 4 day by Carl Yastrzemski, who also wins the triple crown. — Add your comment

2 Re: 1967 AL Pennant Race. October 1st. The Red Sox win the pennant behind Lonborg's 22nd win and 4 for 4 day by Carl Yastrzemski, who also wins the triple crown.
Posted by Gale Helge – 04/18/2014 at 11:39 PM
I was not even a teenager living in Anchorage, Alaska with only a transistor radio to get the results. The Tigers lost the pennant on the last day of the season. This was probably the biggest disappointment so far in my young life. I endured an adult size dose of depression for the next few months.
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Posted by John Bartony – 12/17/2011 at 10:36 PM
In July there was a terrible civil disturbance and the city was a scary place all of a sudden. If there was not a riot, there would have been 55,000 at the park. People were afraid to go downtown as it was too soon after a week of looting, fires, and 44 people killed. The weather caused the Tigers to play back to back twin bills and in the second game on Saturday, their bullpen blew a four run lead, including a bonehead play by pitcher Hank Aguirre who had a chance to turn a double play on a comebacker to the mound and instead threw home for a bases loaded force out. The Angels then knocked in the go ahead and winning runs afterwards. It was a game Detroit should have won but the Angels and Bill RIgney really were geared up to spoil the Tigers chances. Marginal left hand hitters like Roger Repoz, Jimmie Hall, and a fair ball player like Don Mincher just loved Tiger Stadium and it's inviting right field porch in the series. With the split on Saturday, the Tigers had to win both games o

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