Year In Review : 1967 National 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.

"My idea of managing is giving the ball to Tom Seaver and sitting down and watching him work." - Sparky Anderson
1967 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

96

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.357

Doubles

Houston

44

Hits

Pittsburgh

209

Home Runs

Atlanta

37

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.404

RBI

St. Louis

111

Runs

Atlanta

113

St. Louis

Slugging Average

Atlanta

.573

Stolen Bases

St. Louis

52

Total Bases

Atlanta

344

Triples

Cincinnati

13

1967 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

20

ERA

Atlanta

1.87

Games

Cincinnati

70

Los Angeles

Saves

Cincinnati

28

Shutouts

Philadelphia

6

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

253

Winning Percentage

St. Louis

.727

Wins

San Francisco

22

1967 National League

Team Standings

St. Louis Cardinals

101 60 .627 0

San Francisco Giants

91 71 .562 10½

Chicago Cubs

84 74 .540 14

Cincinnati Reds

87 75 .537 14½

Philadelphia Phillies

82 80 .506 19½

Pittsburgh Pirates

81 81 .500 20½

Atlanta Braves

77 85 .475 24½

Los Angeles Dodgers

73 89 .451 28½

Houston Astros

69 93 .426 32½

New York Mets

61 101 .377 40½

1967 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

545

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.277

Doubles

Houston

259

Hits

Pittsburgh

1,585

Home Runs

Atlanta

158

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.327

Runs

Chicago

702

Slugging Average

Pittsburgh

.380

Stolen Bases

St. Louis

102

Triples

Pittsburgh

62

1967 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

San Francisco

64

ERA

San Francisco

2.92

Fewest Hits Allowed

San Francisco

1,283

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Philadelphia

86

Fewest Walks Allowed

Los Angeles

393

Saves

St. Louis

45

Shutouts

Cincinnati

18

Strikeouts

Cincinnati

1,065



On April 13, 1967, a 22 year old pitcher named Tom Seaver pitched his first Major League game. The future hall of famer lasted five and a third innings, allowed six hits, gave up two runs and walked four in a no-decision debut.

Did you know that on May 10, 1967, all-time home run king Hank Aaron hit the only inside-the-park home run of his entire Major League career?

On July 14, 1967 , Eddie Mathews of Houston became the seventh member of the 500 Home Runs Club when he launched a Juan Marichal pitch during the fourth inning at Candlestick Park.

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