Year In Review : 1967 American League

Off the field...

The entire crew of the Apollo One spacecraft including Virgil Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were killed during a pre-launch rehearsal after fire swept through their Saturn rocket as it sat on its launching pad. The tragedy marked the first deaths of any astronaut while actively engaged in the American space program.

The United States Senate promoted Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall as the first African-American member of the Supreme Court. Previous to his nomination from President Lyndon B. Johnson, Marshall had held office in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals after President John F. Kennedy recognized him as one of the country's most promising attorneys.

American labor leader Jimmy Hoffa was arrested and sentenced to thirteen years in prison following a series of government investigations into illegal business practices. While serving his sentence at a federal prison in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, he refused to resign as president of the Teamsters and retained the support of most union members. United States President Richard Nixon eventually commuted Hoffa's sentence releasing him from prison on Christmas Eve, 1971. Four years later, while attempting to rebuild his administration, Hoffa "disappeared" after apparently attending a meeting at the Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. To this day, the Teamster leader has never been found and was declared legally dead in 1982.

In the American League...

On May 30th, New York Yankees lefty Whitey Ford surprisingly announced his retirement after struggling for several weeks due to a bone spur on his throwing elbow. The perennial ace finished his career with an amazing 236-109 record, a 2.75 lifetime ERA, ten World Series wins and the highest career winning percentage (.690) of any modern pitcher.

The Washington Senators managed to fight off exhaustion long enough to beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 during a twenty-two inning contest that lasted six hours and thirty-eight minutes. The June 12th marathon set the record for the longest night game in American League history.

New York Yankees team president Mike Burke announced that "The House That Ruth Built" (also known as Yankee Stadium) would undergo its first major renovation at an estimated cost of $1.5 million dollars. The Mets agreed to allow the Bronx Bombers to use Shea Stadium while their park was getting the facelift.

In the National League...

St. Louis Cardinal and single-season home run champion Roger Maris hit a "one in a million" shot against the Pittsburgh Pirates for his first National League round-tripper. Unbelievably, Maris, who wore number 9, hit a ball into Seat 9, located in Row 9 during a game on May 9th.

The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets combined for eleven home runs (Cubs eight, Mets three) during the second game of a June 11th doubleheader. The unexpected "home run derby" tied a Major League record originally set by the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees in 1950.

Tony Perez ended the longest All-Star Game in Major League history (fifteen innings) to date after launching a home run off "Catfish" Hunter for the 2-1 National League victory. Despite the game-winning hit, pitching reigned supreme at this Midsummer Classic as Ferguson Jenkins of the National League struck out seven, the American League allowed no walks and both leagues combined for thirty total strikeouts.

Around the League...

After an eleven-hour debate, the American League owners approved the move of Charles Finley's Athletics from Kansas City to Oakland. The junior circuit also mandated the expansion of the league with a deadline of 1971, guaranteeing a new franchise in both Kansas City and Seattle by that time.

The National League owners also agreed to a two team expansion and explored the possibilities of putting the new teams in Milwaukee, Dallas, Montreal, Toronto, Buffalo and / or San Diego.

St. Louis Cardinal Orlando Cepeda became the first National League MVP to be voted for unanimously while the American League MVP, Boston Red Sox slugger Carl Yastrzemski, won the Triple-Crown and led the American League in batting average (.326), slugging average (.622), home runs (tied with Harmon Killebrew with forty-four), RBIs (one-hundred twenty-one) and hits (one-hundred eighty-nine).

Four Baseball Hall of Fame inductees debuted during the 1967 season including Tom Seaver, Johnny Bench, Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"And if I have my choice between a pennant and a triple crown, I'll take the pennant every time." - Carl Yastrzemski (who did both this season)

1967 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Minnesota
131
Batting Average
Boston
.326
Doubles
Minnesota
34
Hits
Boston
189
Home Runs
Minnesota
44
Boston
On Base Percentage
Boston
.421
RBI
Boston
121
Runs
Boston
112
Slugging Average
Boston
.622
Stolen Bases
Kansas City
55
Total Bases
Boston
360
Triples
Baltimore
12

1967 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Minnesota
18
ERA
Chicago
2.06
Games
Chicago
77
Saves
California
27
Shutouts
Cleveland
6
Chicago
Chicago
Detroit
California
Strikeouts
Boston
246
Winning Percentage
Chicago
.731
Wins
Boston
22
Detroit

1967 American League

Team Standings

Boston Red Sox 92 70 .568 0
Minnesota Twins 91 71 .562 1
Detroit Tigers 91 71 .562 1
Chicago White Sox 89 73 .549 3
California Angels 84 77 .522
Washington Senators 76 85 .472 15½
Baltimore Orioles 76 85 .472 15½
Cleveland Indians 75 87 .463 17
New York Yankees 72 90 .444 20
Kansas City Athletics 62 99 .385 29½

1967 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Detroit
626
Batting Average
Boston
.255
Doubles
Boston
216
Minnesota
Hits
Boston
1,394
Home Runs
Boston
158
On Base Percentage
Detroit
.327
Runs
Boston
722
Slugging Average
Boston
.395
Stolen Bases
Kansas City
132
Triples
Kansas City
50

1967 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Minnesota
58
ERA
Chicago
2.45
Fewest Hits Allowed
Chicago
1,197
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Chicago
87
Fewest Walks Allowed
Minnesota
396
Saves
California
46
Shutouts
Chicago
24
Strikeouts
Cleveland
1,189
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baseball almanac fast facts

On April 14, 1967, Red Sox rookie pitcher Billy Rohr made his Major League debut and pitched a no-hitter versus the Yankees through eight and two-thirds innings. Elston Howard broke up the gem and the Red Sox won 3-0. However, did you know that Rohr went on to win only 1 more game during 1967, 1 game in 1968, then left the big leagues at 22 years old?

On May 14, 1967 , Mickey Mantle hit a 3-2 pitch served up by Stu Miller into the lower right-field stands. The blast was Mantle's five-hundredth making him the 6th big leaguer to reach that magic plateau.

On August 6, 1967, Dean Chance of Minnesota pitched 5 perfect innings of baseball. Rain halted the game and his shot a perfect game ended. 19 days later, on August 25, 1967, Chance missed perfection again, but still tossed a 2-1 no hitter versus the Cleveland Indians.

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