Year In Review : 1967 American League

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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.

I n 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.

I n 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.

A round 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.

"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



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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