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1967 AL Pennant Race - First day of blog. July 13th. 5 teams in contention for pennant.

Posted by Ken Revis at 10:15 AM on June 14, 2011

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

July 13, 1967. The #1 song of the day, according to Billboard, was "Windy" by The Association. Just a few weeks earlier, The Monterey Pop Festival, with the first major American performances of Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jimi Hendrix, and The Who, represented the beginnings of The Summer of Love. We were mired in Vietnam. Race riots broke out in Newark. In many ways, it was an unsettling time. However, we could still turn to baseball for escape. Although baseball was fundamentally the same game it is today, there were differences. Baseball had no Divisions. If you didn't come in first in either league, your season was over. There was no talk of steroids. The reserve clause was still in effect, although nearing the end. Pitch counts were still far in the future. Doubleheaders were still common.

The 1967 American League Pennant race was perhaps the greatest ever. It reignited interest in baseball, and in one city, culminated into an "Impossible Dream" season. Four teams were to stay alive until the final week of the season, separated by only 1 1/2 games. Of those four teams, none finished the prior year closer than 9 games out of first, and one ended out next to last, 26 games out (one-half game ahead of the believe-it-or-not last place New York Yankees). The eventual outcome wasn't settled until the final game of the year. We will journey through this pennant race, beginning with the action on July 13th, the first full day of games after the All Star Game and continue, day by day, until the final climactic day of the season. Also that year, Carl Yastrzemski won the Triple Crown, the last time that feat has been achieved.

On the morning of July 13th, the top five teams were separated by 5 1/2 games:

AL Standings
Team W L W-L% GB
White Sox 47 34 .580 --
Tigers 45 35 .563 1.5
Twins 45 36 .556 2.0
Angels 45 40 .529 4.0
Red Sox 41 39 .513 5.5
Indians 41 42 .494 7.0
Orioles 39 43 .476 8.5
Yankees 36 45 .444 11.0
Senators 36 47 .434 12.0
Athletics 35 49 .417 13.5

The following summarizes games affecting the top 5 teams:

The Red Sox vs. the Orioles in a doubleheader.

Game 1: The Red Sox win, 4 to 2. Lee Stange wins his 4th game of the year. Tom Phoebus loses his 4th game of the year. John Wyatt gets his 12th save of the year. By the way, Hank Bauer is the manager for the Orioles, Dick Williams for the Red Sox. Rico Petrocelli has 2 RBI's for the Red Sox, and Joe Foy contributes to their cause, going 2 for 4, with a solo home run, his 13th of the year. Brooks Robinson homers, his 9th of the year, for the Orioles. See Game

Game 2: The Orioles demolish the Red Sox, 10 to 0. Dave McNally wins his 6th of the year. Gary Bell loses his 9th game of the year. Brooks Robinson homers (his 10th of the year) and triples in the game. Paul Blair and Curt Motton also homer for the Orioles, their 7th and 1st of the year, respectively. See Game

The White Sox vs. the Angels

The White Sox beat the Angels, 1 to 0. Gary Peters gets the win, his 11th of the year. George Brunet loses, his 12th. Hoyt Wilhelm gets the save, his 8th. Eddie Stanky is managing the White Sox and Bill Rigney the Angels. Ken Berry doubles in the winning run in the bottom of the 6th. See Game

The Tigers vs. the Senators in a doubleheader.

Game 1: Senators win, 8 to 3. Camilo Pascual gets the win, his 8th. Joe Sparma gets the loss, his 2nd of the year. Gil Hodges is managing the Senators, Mayo Smith the Tigers. Mike Epstein hits 2 home runs (his 5th and 6th of the year) and a triple, knocking in 4 runs for the Senators. Tim Cullen also homers (his 1st) and knocks in 3 runs for the Senators. Norm Cash hits his 11th home run of the year for the Tigers. The Senators pull off 3 double plays in the game. See Game

Game 2: Senators win, 6 to 1. Joe Coleman gets the win, his 5th. Denny McLain gets the loss, his 10th. Mike Epstein knocks in 2 runs. The Tigers also have 2 errors in the game. See Game

The Twins vs. the A's

Twins 3, A's 2. Al Worthington gets his 4th win of the year, Jim Nash his 9th loss. The Twins are losing by 2 in the 6th and score a run in each of the 6th, 7th, and 8th innings to win the game. Harmon Killebrew hits his 23rd and 24th home runs to power the win. Ken Harrelson hits his 4th home run of the year for the A's. See Game

Next: July 14th. The Red Sox begin a 10 game win streak on Jim Lonborg's 12th win of the season.

Categories: 1967 AL Pennant Race
Teams: Angels, Athletics, Indians, Orioles, Red Sox, Senators, Tigers, Twins, White Sox, Yankees
Players: Unknown, Unknown, Hank Bauer, Gary Bell, Ken Berry, Paul Blair, George Brunet, Norm Cash, Joe Coleman, Joe Coleman, Tim Cullen, Mike Epstein, Joe Foy, Ken Harrelson, Gil Hodges, Harmon Killebrew, Jim Lonborg, Denny McLain, Dave McNally, Curt Motton, Jim Nash, Unknown, Camilo Pascual, Gary Peters, Rico Petrocelli, Unknown, Bill Rigney, Brooks Robinson, Unknown, Mayo Smith, Smith, Joe Sparma, Eddie Stanky, Lee Stange, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Hoyt Wilhelm, Dick Williams, Al Worthington, John Wyatt, Carl Yastrzemski
Games: ALS196707110, BOS196707131, BOS196707132, CHA196707130, MIN196707130, WS2196707131, WS2196707132

Comments about 1967 AL Pennant Race - First day of blog. July 13th. 5 teams in contention for pennant. — Add your comment

6 Re: 1967 AL Pennant Race - First day of blog. July 13th. 5 teams in contention for pennant.
Posted by Jim Martin – 04/23/2014 at 7:27 PM
ALL information about the 1967 american league pennant race is all very special to me. First of all as a baseball fan. i agree with a statement Babe Ruth made that its the only real sport.And since Dean Chance of twins is my high school team mate and very good friend and went down the wire to start the last game Oct 1 1967 i claim special interest.
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Posted by Bob Cunningham – 02/26/2012 at 2:33 AMView this game ►
I met the girl I would marry on August 25th 1967. Dean Chance threw a no hitter for the Twins that day which was a good omen. 42 years later and 2 World Series championships for the Minnesota Twins (1987 & 1991), since that 1967 season when the Twins lost there final 2 games to Boston, while needing to win only one to capture the Pennant, left a jaw dropping impression,that continues to this day of that great year in Baseball! Bob Cunningham, Minneapolis
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Posted by Paul – 06/29/2011 at 12:16 AMView this game ►
What a wonderful trip down memory lane. I became a baseball and Giant fan in May 1966. At 10 years old I did not fully comprehend what was really going on in this pennant race. At that stage in my life, I just thought it was normal.
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Posted by Ken Revis – 06/21/2011 at 3:55 PM
Great story. Your Uncle Sol can now read our new blog on the 1951 Dodgers/Giants pennant chase. From your comment, it sounds like he was a Dodger fan. The only consolation is that they won it many other times after 1951. What must have been really sad for your uncle was when they left Brooklyn.
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Posted by Danny Lehrman – 06/17/2011 at 1:43 PM
Your opening comments state very clearly that Baseball is THE American game. It was a connector, in both professional + sandlot games, that kept the country's culture together. St. Louis was the far West. Washington, the deep South. My family immigrated to America in the mid-forties. We learned to be American thru baseball. My Uncle Sol will never forget watching Bobby Thompson's home run on Oct. 3, 1951, on Broadway + 100th Street thru the window of a TV/appliance store. Many did not yet have TVs. It broke his heart.
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Posted by sid littman – 06/16/2011 at 6:29 PM
I recognize all the managers and about 50% of the players mentioned. The more I read your blogs the better I'll get. I found most interesting the backround you gave of the time period.

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