YEAR IN REVIEW : 1967 National 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

"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

Chicago
96
Pittsburgh
.357
Houston
44
Pittsburgh
209
Atlanta
37
Philadelphia
.404
St. Louis
111
Runs
Atlanta
113
St. Louis
Atlanta
.573
St. Louis
52
Atlanta
344
Cincinnati
13

1967 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Chicago
20
Atlanta
1.87
Cincinnati
70
Los Angeles
Cincinnati
28
Philadelphia
6
Philadelphia
253
St. Louis
.727
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

Philadelphia
545
Pittsburgh
.277
Houston
259
Pittsburgh
1,585
Atlanta
158
Pittsburgh
.327
Chicago
702
Pittsburgh
.380
St. Louis
102
Pittsburgh
62

1967 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

San Francisco
64
San Francisco
2.92
Fewest Hits Allowed
San Francisco
1,283
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Philadelphia
86
Fewest Walks Allowed
Los Angeles
393
St. Louis
45
Cincinnati
18
Cincinnati
1,065
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baseball almanac fast facts

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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