|January 6||Former Yankee’s manager Johnny Keane‚ 55‚ dies of a heart attack at Houston. It is the 3rd death of a 1966 manager.|
|January 23||Stan Musial is named GM of the Cards and‚ in his only year as GM‚ will help guide them to a WS win.|
|January 29||Branch Rickey and Lloyd Waner are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Special Veterans Committee.|
|February 16||Red Ruffing is selected for the Hall of Fame through a special runoff election‚ since nobody received the required 75 percent vote in January.|
|March 3||The White Sox are given permission to use a semi-designated hitter in training camp. With home club permission‚ clubs will be allowed to use a designated pinch hitter twice in the same game.|
|March 9||in Tampa‚ Reds LH pitcher Ted Davidson is shot twice by his estranged wife‚ Mary. One shot hits him in the right shoulder and the other on the left side of the abdomen. He will be on the critical list but return to limited action in June.|
|March 16||In one of the highest scoring spring training games ever‚ the Red Sox tally ten earned runs in the 9th inning to upend the Mets‚ 23-18. Boston outhits the Mets 23 to 17 and Jim Lonborg is the eventual winner over Jack Hamilton.|
|March 24||The Astros trade infielder Sandy Alomar to the Mets for infielder Derrell Griffith.|
|March 30||The Dodgers Willie Davis suffers a broken bone in his ankle that will hamper his performance throughout the season.|
|April 1||Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall retires and begins his career as the team’s radio broadcaster. He will pitch batting practice when the team is on the road.|
The Mets trade Ed Bressoud‚ Danny Napoleon and cash to the Cardinals for Don Kirkwood‚ John Verhoeven and John Flannery.
|April 10||At D.C. Stadium‚ LBJ tosses out the first ball to open the season. But the Senators manage just two hits off Mel Stottlemyre as the Yankees win‚ 8-0. New York jumps on starter Pete Richert for 7 runs in the 3rd inning‚ collecting six straight hits‚ to put it away.|
|April 12||In 40 degree weather at Fenway‚ Boston takes its season opener with the White Sox‚ 5-4‚ as righty Jim Lonborg wins with the help of a 3-run Rico Petrocelli HR. A pre-season poll picks the Red Sox to finish 9th.|
|April 14||At Yankee Stadium‚ Red Sox rookie Bill Rohr debuts and startles everyone by taking a no-hitter into the 9th inning. But Elston Howard lines a 3-2 pitch for a single to right-center with two outs. Carl Yastrzemski had kept the no-hitter alive with a spectacular grab of a Tom Tresh drive to deep LF to open the 9th. The Red Sox win 3-0‚ beating Whitey Ford‚ who allows a lead off homer to Reggie Smith and a two-run homer to Foy.|
|April 15||In his first ML appearance‚ Reds rookie Gary Nolan strikes out the side in the 1st inning on his way to a 7-3 win over visiting Houston.|
|April 16||At Yankee Stadium‚ The Red Sox and Yankees struggle for 18 innings before New York wins it‚ 7-6‚ in a game that lasts 5 hours and 50 minutes. Carl Yastrzemski and Tony Conigliaro each have 5 hits for the Sox‚ but it is Joe Pepitone‘s two-out single that beats Lee Stange. Al Downing is the winner.|
Washington and Chicago strgulle for 16 innings before the White Sox win‚ 4-3 in the bootom of the 16th on 3 straight walks. Two intentional walks load the bases and a non-intentional forces home the winner.
In California‚ the Orioles earn a doubleheader split when Steve Barber flirts with a no-hitter before allowing a 9th inning one-out double to Jim Fregosi. It is the only hit Barber allows‚ winning 3-0. In game 1‚ the Angels win 5-4 in 10 innings on Fregosi’s RBI single. Lew Burdette (1-0)‚ in relief. notches the last decision of his career. When he’s released in September‚ the veteran will finish at 203-144.
|April 18||The Cubs Adolpho Phillips drops a fly ball to allow 3 runs to score but homers and triple to help beat the Phillies‚ 8-4. Bill Hands is the winner over Chris Short.|
|April 21||At Fenway‚ rookie Bill Rohr again tops the Yanks‚ beating Mel Stottlemyre‚ 6-1. Elston Howard‘s 8th-inning single drives in the only Yankee score. Rohr will return to the minors after the Gary Bell acquisition and resurface with the Indians next year.|
|April 25||Los Angeles 3B Jim Lefebvre contributes 3 errors in the 4th inning to help Atlanta win 7-1.|
Whitey Ford beats the White Sox‚ 11-2‚ at Yankee Stadium giving up 8 hits to go 2-1 on the season. It will be his last ML win.
|April 27||Reds P Mel Queen provides a royal effort‚ pitching 5 2/3 innings of no hit relief as the Reds beat Houston‚ 7-2.|
|April 29||Yankee pitcher Fred Talbot allows two Angel hits in topping California 5-2 at the Stadium. Mantle‚ playing first base‚ hits a 2-run homer and drives in 3 runs for New York.|
|April 30||San Francisco concludes its first 3-game sweep at Dodger Stadium‚ as Bob Bolin beats Don Drysdale 5-1.|
Orioles Steve Barber and Stu Miller combine to pitch a no-hitter but lose 2-1 to the first-place Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader. Barber walks 10 in his 8 2?3 innings‚ but in the 9th two runs come in on a wild pitch and an error by Mark Belanger‚ who drops the ball on a pontential DP that would end the game. Miller walks none. In his first start of the year‚ Barber held the Angels hitless for 8 1?3 innings. Just 2 hits today matches the AL record for fewest safeties by 2 clubs in one game. Three catchers are used by Baltimore‚ a ML record of sorts for a no-hitter.
In a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium‚ Mantle breaks a 1-1 tie in the 10th with a three-run homer off California reliever Minnie Rojas to give New York a 4-1 win. California takes the 2nd game 4-2 despite Mantle cracking a pinch double in the 9th inning. His hit gives him 2‚215‚ one more than Joe DiMaggio.
Cesar Tovar‘s single is the only hit for the Twins against the Senators Barry Moore. Washington wins‚ 3-0.
|May 1||Dennis Bennett gives the Red Sox a 4-0 win over California and Jorge Rubio. Bennett homers in his own cause and George Scott homers as well.|
|May 2||Washington and Kansas split a pair‚ each by 10 scores. Pete Richert is the winner for Washington in the opener‚ beat Lew Krausse. Catfish Hunter returns the compliment‚ topping Jim Hannan in game 2.|
|May 6||Washington’s Darrell Knowles beats California‚ 2-0‚ with the winning margin coming on homers by Bob Chance and Paul Casanova.|
|May 10||In the 8th inning against Jim Bunning of the Phillies‚ Hank Aaron drives a ball to deep CF and scores ahead of the relay. It will be the only inside-the-park home run among his 755.|
Adolpho Phillips steals home to help the Cubs edge the Giants‚ 5-4.
The Mets acquire 3B Ed Charles from the Athletics for infielder Bob Johnson. Charles will be the oldest starter for the Mets.
|May 13||At Fenway‚ the Tigers outslug the Red Sox‚ 10-8‚ with the victory going to Moose Korince. Moose will end his career this year at 10‚ the only undefeated Canadian pitcher in the majors.|
|May 14||Mickey Mantle becomes the 6th member of the 500-HR club in New York’s 6-5 win against Baltimore. Mantle connects batting left-handed off Stu Miller.|
A 62-year-old AL mark is broken when Don Demeter‘s 8th-inning double in the 2nd game becomes the 28th extra-base hit in the Red Sox’s 8-5 and 13-9 victories over Detroit. Fifty hits bombard Fenway‚ 26 by the Tigers. Each team has 6 homers. The Sox have 9 doubles‚ plus a triple‚ while the Tigers add 6. The barrage erases the former record of 27 set by the Red Sox and A’s in 1905. The Cards and Cubs established the ML high mark in 1931 with 35.
|May 15||Roberto Clemente clubs three homers to drive in all 7 runs for Pittsburgh-but it’s not enough. The Reds win‚ 8-7.|
|May 16||Philadelphia voters approve a $13 million bond issue to build a new stadium.|
On the field‚ the Phillies tie a NL record with their 11th straight errorless game. But they still lose 4-3 to St. Louis.
|May 17||The Orioles become the 8th club in AL history with 4 or more HRs in one inning when Andy Etchebarren‚ Sam Bowen‚ Boog Powell‚ and Dave Johnson connect in a 9-run 7th. Also homering for Baltimore is Frank Robinson‚ Brooks Robinson and Paul Blair‚ the only time 7 teammates have each homered. Those HRs make the difference in a 12-8 Baltimore win over the Red Sox. Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski hits 2 homers‚ one coming in the bottom of the 7th; the total of 5 in one inning equals the ML record. Rounding out the round trippers is Don Demeter for Boston.|
Philadelphia defenders record just one assist in a 7-1 victory over the Reds. This ties the NL record for fewest assists in a 9-inning game. Jim Bunning is the winning P.
Behind 8-2 to the Indians‚ the Yankees score 5 runs in the 7th inning. The big blows are back-to-back homers by Tom Tresh and Mickey Mantle into the RF bleachers. New York falls short‚ losing‚ 8-7.
Detroit’s Mickey Lolich stops the Yankees on five hits to win‚ 4-2. Mantle has a homer and drives in both New York runs.
|May 20||At Wrigley‚ the Cubs pound Los Angeles‚ 20-3 to give Ken Holtzman (5-0) a win before he leaves tomorrow for a 6-month tour of duty in the Army. The hitting stars are Adolpho Phillips with 6 RBI‚ Randy Hundley with a grand slam‚ and Glenn Beckert with a double and an inside-the-park HR. Rounding out the scoring is Ted Savage‘s steal of home. In the Dodger dugout in 7th inning‚ Don Drysdale waves a white handkerchief of surrender. Holtzman will pitch on weekend passes and tack on another 4 wins without a loss.|
At Tiger Stadium‚ Denny McLain beat the Yankees‚ 3-1. New York’s only score is a tremendous homer by Mickey Mantle into the deep seats in right center.
Mets reliever Jack Hamilton hits his only ML homer‚ a grand slam off Al Jackson‚ but it is not enough as the Cardinals win‚ 11-9.
|May 21||Earl Wilson gives Detroit its 3rd straight win over the Yankees‚ 9-4. Mantle hits his 5th homer in 6 games but it’s not enough for Whitey Ford‚ who appears in his last ML game.|
At Philadelphia‚ the Phils win an 18-inning marathon with the Reds‚ 2-1‚ when Don Lock hits a 2-out RBI single off Darrell Osteen.
|May 24||Tommy McCraw belts 3 HRs and drives in 8 runs‚ as the first-place White Sox bury the Twins 14-1 at Minneapolis.|
The Yankees top Baltimore‚ 2-0. Mantle’s 3rd inning drive to the wall is caught by Frank Robinson but the ball pops out and over the fence for a home run.
|May 27||The Reds defeat the Pirates‚ 6-1‚ ending their streak of five one-run games in a row. Their next 11 will all be one-run games‚ a ML record. The Reds also hold the rrec ord for most one-run victories (1940) with 41 and most one-run defeats (1946) with 41.|
The Angels honor Jimmy Piersall with a special night‚ presenting him and his family with gifts‚ including a $1000 bond for each of his nine children.
|May 28||New York beats Cleveland‚ 5-0‚ and Mantle hits his 2nd homer in two days‚ and his 11th of the season.|
|May 29||Orioles 1B Mike Epstein and P Frank Bertaina are traded to the Senators for P Pete Richert.|
|May 30||At Crosley Field‚ the Reds edge the Cardinals 2-1‚ thanks in good measure to a game-ending triple play. Cards pitcher Dick Hughes retires the first 21 batters before the Reds score a pair in the 8th on 3 hits. With Cards on 1st and 2nd in the 9th with no outs‚ Phil Gagliano hits a gorunder to SS Carenas who starts a 6-4-3 for two outs; Orlando Cepeda‚ running hard from 2B‚ tries to score and Deron Johnson’s throw to Johnny Edwards completes the TP.|
Yankee Whitey Ford‚ nearing 41‚ announces his retirement from baseball because of an elbow injury. His final appearance was a start in Detroit on May 21st‚ but he lasted just one inning. The stylish lefthander closes out with 236 career wins and only 106 losses for a .690 percentage. He played in only 7 games this season.
|June 1||At West Palm Beach (Florida State League‚ West Palm’s Wenty Ford hurls a 1-0 perfect game against Fort Lauderdale. Ford makes just 84 pitches and no batter receives a 3-ball count. The attendance is 194 fans.|
|June 2||The Red Sox pick up infield help when they get 2B Jerry Adair from the White Sox for reliever Don McMahon and a minor leaguer. Adair‚ hitting .204‚ will hit .291 after changing Sox. The White Sox are a game out of 1st place‚ 3 1/2 games ahead of Boston.|
|June 3||At Candlestick Park, the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants split a pair. The Giants take the opener, 11-2, behind Juan Marichal, who gives up 13 hits and one earned run. The Giants also make 13 hits, including HRs by Ollie Brown and Willie Mays, as the Mets Jack Fisher pitches 4 2/3 innings and allows 11 runs (9 earned); not till 2006 will any Mets pitcher allow as many runs. The Mets win game 2 in 11 innings, 2-1, as Bob Shaw allows 4 hits and goes the distance. Tom Haller‘sHR is the Giants only score.|
Boston P Dennis Bennett wins 6-2‚ beating Cleveland’s Gary Bell.
In Minneapolis, Harmon Killebrew smashes a tape-measure 430-foot homerun to drive in 3 runs as the Twins down the Angels, 8-6. The homerun, off Lew Burdette, hits a seat that will later hang from the ceiling in the Mall of America, which will be built on the location when Metropolitan Stadium was demolished.
|June 4||The longest game in modern Orioles history-19 innings-features 21 Washington strikeouts‚ as the Birds win 7-5. Washington is the 3rd AL club to strike out 21 times in an extra-inning game. Andy Etchabarren finally ends it with a homer after Brooks Robinson singles to lead off the bottom of the 19th.|
Curt Flood‘s record string of 568 straight chances without an error ends when he drops a ?y ball during a 4-3 win over the Cubs at St. Louis. The Cardinals CF had played a NL-record 227 straight games without an error beginning September 3‚ 1965.
Cleveland sends Gary Bell to Boston for OF Don Demeter and 1B Tony Horton. Bell‚ a 16-game winner last year‚ is 1-5 in 1967‚ but he’ll win 12 games for Boston during their pennant drive.
|June 5||Playing his first game for the Senators‚ Mike Epstein hits a 200 foot drive down the LF line for an inside the par homer‚ off New York rookie Thad Tillitson. Mantle breaks a 2-2 tie in the 8th with a homer of Darold Knowles‚ and New York wins‚ 4-2.|
|June 6||Baltimore blasts California 16-4 in the opener of a doubleheader. Curt Blefary leads the charge with 3 homers‚ including a grand slam. The Birds continue the action in game 2‚ winning 11-1 behind Tom Phoebus (5-1). Phoebus is 3-for-4 at the plate‚ scores 3 runs‚ and hits a 2-run homer‚ his first in the majors‚ off reliever Jim Coates.|
|June 7||At Crosley Field‚ Reds P Gary Nolan strikes out 15 Giants‚ including Willie Mays 4 times. But her still loses‚ 4-3. Willie McCovey belts a 3-run homer in the 8th to tie the game‚ and reliever Bob Lee allows the last run to score to pin the loss on Nolan. This is the 11th one-run game in a row that for the Reds‚ a ML record. They won 7 of them. The closest any team has vome to matching the Reds is Brooklyn‚ in 1927‚ the Cardinals in 1920‚ and the Giants of 1910.|
The last-place Yankees have the first pick in the free-agent draft and use it to take Ron Blomberg. With the next pick‚ the Cubs tap SS Terry Hughes‚ who will have just 86 ML at bats. All 20 first-round picks are high school players‚ and only 11 will eventually reach the major leagues‚ including John Mayberry (#6‚ Astros)‚ Jon Matlack (Mets)‚ Wayne Simpson (#8‚ Reds)‚ Ted Simmons (#10‚ Cards)‚ and Bobby Grich (#20‚ Orioles). The O’s take Don Baylor with their 2nd pick‚ then in the secondary phase‚ select P Mike Adamson. Adamson will leap directly to the O’s‚ debuting July 1‚ the first player in draft history to bypass the minors. Other selections today include Dusty Baker (26th round‚ Braves)‚ Jon Matlack (1st round‚ Mets)‚ Steve Yeager (3rd round‚ Dodgers) and Richie Zisk (3rd round‚ Pirates)‚ The Phils strike out as none of their picks will reach the majors.
The Phils and Braves swap catchers‚ with Bob Uecker going to Atlanta for Gene Oliver.
|June 8||Gary Bell wins his Red Sox debut‚ 7-3 to give Boston a doubleheader split with the White Sox. Yastrzemski had 6 hits for the day. Yaz‚ of whom Chicago manager Eddie Stanky said two days earlier‚ “he made be an All-Star‚ I suppose‚ but only from the neck down‚ ” hit his 12th HR. As he rounded the bases‚ Yaz tipped his cap to Stanky.|
|June 9||Cal Ermer‚ who played only one game in the majors‚ replaces Sam Mele (25-25) as manager of the Twins. The Twins are in 6th place.|
At Fenway‚ Yaz earns standing ovations as he makes 2 great catches and poles 2 HRs in the Red Sox 8-7 win over the Senators.
|June 11||Adolfo Phillips blasts 4 HRs in a doubleheader‚ 3 of them in consecutive at-bats in the 2nd game‚ as the Cubs sweep the Mets at Wrigley Field 5-3 and 18-10. The total of eleven HRs in the 2nd game sets a NL record for 2 clubs in 9 innings and the 2 teams tie a NL mark when they total 40 extra bases on long hits (Chi-26‚ NY-14). The mark was set on July 31‚ 1954. Adolpho has 6 hits and 8 RBIs on the day.|
Before the largest AL crowd of 1967‚ 62‚582 at Yankee Stadium for Bat Day‚ the White Sox regain first place from the Tigers by sweeping a twin bill from New York 2-1 and 3-2. They will stay in first until August 12.
At Crosley Field‚ Don Pavletich belts a pinch grand slam in the bottom of the 9th to give the Reds an 8-4 win over Houston.
The Twins Dean Chance tosses a one-hitter at the Royals in winning‚ 8-0. The only hit is Danny Cater‘s single in the 4th.
|June 12||A week after the Senators play a 19-inning game‚ they and White Sox match up in the longest night game (22 innings‚ 6 hours‚ and 38 minutes) in ML history. Washington wins 6-5 when Paul Casanova‚ who has caught the entire game‚ singles in the winning run in the bottom of the 22nd. The Nats lose Bernie Allen for 10 days when he fractures his thumb in a collision in the 17th inning.|
Mantle breaks a scoreless tie with a long drive off Washington’s Frank Bertaina in the 6th‚ and visiting New York wins‚ 2-0.
|June 13||Willie Mays‚ the all-time leader in extra inning homers‚ belts a grand slam off Astros P Barry Latman in the 10th to power the Giants to a 6-2 win. For Willie‚ it is his 19th in extra frames‚ and his first grand slam.|
|June 16||In a 3-2 Reds’ win over the Dodgers‚ Cincinnati SS Leo Cardenas suffers a broken finger when hit with a pitch by Dodgers P Bill Singer. Cardenas is out until August 15th.|
|June 17||A 9-hour and 5-minute doubleheader between the Tigers and Athletics is the longest ever. The first game includes a rain delay‚ and the 2nd goes 19 innings before a Dave Duncan HR wins it 6-5 for the A’s. Detroit takes the opener 7-6.|
|June 18||The blazing fastball of the Astros Don Wilson overpowers Atlanta with 15 strikeouts in a no-hit 2-0 victory.|
A 4-1 St. Louis win at San Francisco gives the Cards a lead in the NL they will not relinquish.
|June 19||Steve Hargan of the Indians and the A’s Chuck Dobson lock up in a scoreless duel until‚ with 2 outs in the 9th inning‚ Hargan hits his only career home run for the 1-0 win.|
In the Cardinals 5-4 win over Houston‚ St. Louis CF Curt Flood pulls off an unassisted DP. It is the 1st by a NL CF since Danny Taylor in 1933.
|June 20||The Phillies Larry Jackson gives up just one hit‚ a 2nd-inning double to Tommy Davis‚ in topping the Mets 4-0. It is Jackson’s 18th.|
|June 24||Mantle breaks a 3-3 tie in the 9th with a home run off Detroit’s Fred Gladding to give 9th place New York a 4-3 win.|
The Mets purchase veteran Dennis Bennett from the Red Sox.
|June 25||Ernie Banks slams two 2-run homers to back rookie Joe Niekro‘s 3-hitter‚ and the Cubs win 8-0 over the Astros to sweep. Bill Hands hurls a 5-hitter in the opener to win‚ 4-1. Banks’ 1st blast breaks up a pitching duel with Bo Belinsky and his 2nd caps a 5-run 7th.|
Rick Reichardt hits a 1st inning inside-the-park grand slam off Blue Moon Odom and the Angels beat KC‚ 4-3.
Heavyweight contender Joe Frazier wants to hold a clinic to teach baseball players how to fight. “All they do is hurt themselves instead of the other guy‚” he said from his training camp. “Look at Joe Pepitone. He banged up his hands without getting a punch across. Baseball players should know about combinations as well as double plays.” Frazier said he would hold a clinic on a day when the Yankees are off.
|June 27||Detroit RF Al Kaline breaks his hand jamming his bat into the bat rack after striking out against Sam McDowell‚ as the 2nd-place Tigers lose to Cleveland 8-1. Kaline will miss 28 games. Chico Salmon‘s homer and 2 doubles helps send the Tigers to their 14th loss in 19 games.|
Baltimore RF Frank Robinson is hurt in a 2B collision with Al Weis‚ as the first place White Sox beat the Orioles 5-0. Robinson suffers double vision and will miss 28 games.
Hank Aaron hits a grand slam and a 2-run homer to lead the Braves to a 13-5 win over the Astros. Aaron now leads the NL in homers with 20.
|June 28||Relief ace Hoyt Wilhelm of the White Sox extends his ML record for consecutive errorless games to 247. The White Sox win 3-2 at Baltimore.|
|June 29||The Reds jump on Don Drysdale on their way to a 14-0 pasting of the Dodgers.|
|June 30||Losing 12-3 in the 2nd game against the Giants‚ the Phils send in utility man Cookie Rojas to pitch the 9th. Rojas throws a scoreless inning and has now played all 9 positions since arriving in the big leagues in 1963.|
|July 1||The Orioles lose to Cleveland‚ 6-0. John O’Donoghue wins in relief. Mike Adamson makes his ML debut for Baltimore: he is the first draftee to bypass the minors and go straight to the majors‚ though he’ll make it to the minors next year.|
Baltimore’s Jim Palmer gives up a grand slam-but it’s in the minors. Sent to Rochester (International League) to rehabilitate from back problems‚ Rochester manager Earl Weaver starts the 21-year-old against Buffalo‚ in a game moved to Niagara Falls because of racial disturbances on Buffalo’s east side. Palmer is given a 7-0 lead‚ but the Bisons score 5 runs in the 3rd‚ four coming home on a grand slam by Johnny Bench. Rochester hangs on to win‚ 10-8.
|July 2||In front of a crowd of 40‚000‚ Ferguson Jenkins (11-5) pitches the Cubs into a first-place tie with St. Louis by defeating Cincinnati 4-1. The Cubs have won 17 of 19 games.|
|July 3||At the launching pad in Atlanta‚ Billy Williams‚ Ron Santo‚ and Randy Hundley homer for Chicago‚ and Rico Carty and Felipe Alou answer for the Braves-all in the first inning‚ tying a major league record for homers by 2 teams in an inning.It is the first time its been done in the opening frame. Carty adds another homer later‚ but Glenn Beckert’s three-run shot helps put the game out of reach. Ray Culp emerges the winner‚ 12-6.|
In St. Louis the fans get boxing with their baseball in the Cards‚ 7-3‚ win over the Reds. After Bob Gibson pitched inside to Tony Perez in the 5th inning‚ the pair exchange words after Perez flies out. Both benches empty but there is no fighting until the Reds bullpen‚ led by Bob Lee‚ show up. It takes 12 minutes before the police are needed to restore order.
|July 4||The Mets end a 19-game losing streak to Juan Marichal with their first win against the Dominican Dandy 8-7. Marichal’s win streak started in 1962. Jack Fisher is the winning pitcher.|
Philadelphia C Clay Dalrymple collects 6 walks in a 19-inning doubleheader against the Astros. The Phillies win the first 9-0 and take the nightcap 4-3 in 11 innings.
Atlanta’s Phil Niekro gets the best of rookie brother Joe as the Braves beat the Cubs‚ 8-3. It is the first decision between the pair and the first brother pitching duel since the Barnes brothers 41 years ago.
In Minnesota‚ Mudcat Grant stops the Yankees to give the Twins an 8-3 victory. Mantle drives in all three New York runs with two homers.
The Yankees trade 1B Ray Barker plus cash and 2 players to be named (Chet Trail and Joe Brady) to the Orioles for lefty Steve Barber. The former 20-game winner is damaged goods but will go 6-9 for the rest of the year.
|July 5||Red Sox P Jose Santiago loses to California‚ 4-3‚ and will not lose again this year. He wins his next 8 straight.|
|July 7||The Giants edge the Cubs‚ 4-3‚ with Bo Belinsky getting the decision over Jenkins. Jesus Alou‘s homer off Fergie is the big blow. The Cubs are in the midst of a 7-game losing streak.|
|July 8||At Shea‚ Tom Seaver pitches the Mets to a 3-2 win over the Braves. An odd play occurs when Bud Harrelson‘s looper over 3B is touched by a fan before Carty can field it‚ and Harrelson is awarded a ground-rule single.|
|July 9||In the bottom of the 9th inning‚ Willie Stargell breaks a 1-1 tie by slamming a Jim Maloney pitch over the RF roof at Forbes Field. The Bucs top the Reds‚ 2-1.|
|July 12||Reds 3B Tony Perez ends the longest All-Star Game (15 innings‚ 3 hours and 41 minutes) with a HR off Catfish Hunter. HRs by NL 3B Richie Allen and AL 3B Brooks Robinson account for the other runs in a 2-1 NL triumph.|
|July 14||Eddie Mathews becomes the 7th member of the 500-HR club‚ connecting off loser Juan Marichal as the Astros beat the Giants‚ 8-6.|
|July 15||Cardinals P Bob Gibson suffers a fractured right fibula when hit by a Roberto Clemente line drive. Gibson shakes off the injury to walk one batter‚ retire another‚ and finally collapsing after throwing a ball on a 3-2 pitch. He is replaced by Al Jackson‚ who allows a sacrifice. Gibson will be sidelined until Labor Day. St. Louis also loses the game to Pittsburgh‚ 6-4.|
Kansas City pinch-running specialist Allan Lewis ties the ML record with 2 steals as a pinch runner in one inning. Lewis does his double in the 7th inning of a 3-2 loss at Minnesota.
|July 16||At Yankee Stadium‚ Baltimore outlasts the Yankees to win‚ 2-1‚ in 14 innings. New York manages just 4 hits‚ including a solo homer by Mickey Mantle‚ off Bill Dillman.|
|July 18||Harry Walker (42-42) is fired as manager of the Pirates. Danny Murtaugh is called back to finish the season.|
|July 22||The White Sox get Sandy Alomar and infielder Ken Boyer from the Mets in exchange for infielder Billy Southworth and catcher J. C. Martin.|
|July 23||The Red Sox sweep a doubleheader from the Indians‚ to run Boston’s win streak to 10 games‚ all on the road. The Sox are now a half-game behind 1st-place Chicago. At Logan Airport‚ 10‚000 fans are on hand when to greet the Sox when they return.|
At Chicago‚ the Giants are 5-3 winners in game 1 as Mike McCormick tops Fergie Jenkins. Jesus Alou hits his 2nd homer in 3 weeks off Jenkins.
|July 24||Chicago’s 3-1 win at St. Louis puts the Cards and Cubs even atop the NL.|
|July 25||Race riots in Detroit force postponement of a Tigers-Orioles game. The games scheduled for the 26th and 27th are shifted to Baltimore.|
At Yankee Stadium‚ AL home run leader Harmon Killebrew gives the Twins a 1-0 lead with a 1st inning homer off Al Downing. Jim Kaat holds New York scoreless until 2 outs in the 9th inning when Mantle clocks a ball over the 457 mark to tie the score. The game is rained out with the score 1-1 and will be replayed on August 18. New York will win the replay‚ 1-0.
The White Sox sweep a pair from Cleveland‚ winning both games with game-ending home runs‚ a first in the AL. It has happened once in the NL. In Game 1‚ J.C. Martin‚ a replacement catcher in the 7th‚ hits a 2-run homer in the 9th to make Hoyt Wilhelm the winner in relief. Martin also homers in game 2‚ but it is Ken Berry‘s 2-run homer in the bottom of the 16th that wins it for the White Sox‚ 6-5. The Sox have just 7 hits in game 2 while the Indians squander 17. This is the second time in history and the 2nd time in 5 years that a doubleheader ends with two walkoff homers. The next time will be May 28‚ 2004.
|July 26||With a NL-record-tying‚ 4-run-scoring sacrifice flies in one game‚ New York wins an 11-5 decision at San Francisco.|
At Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees play their 2nd 18-inning game of the season‚ losing this one 3-2 to Minnesota. Rod Carew walks‚ steals 2B‚ continues to 3B on the catcher’s errant throw‚ and scores on Rich Rollins‘ single. Al Worthington wins over Thad Tillotson in 4:20.
|July 29||At Fenway‚ the Twins and Red Sox split a doubleheader. Boston wins the opener‚ 6-3‚ with the decision going to John Wyatt. In the nitecap. Boomer Scott thrills the crowd with an inside-the-park homer‚ but Oliva‚ Killebrew‚ Allison (2)‚ and Uhlaender all hit HRs for the Twins. Jim Perry wins‚ 10-3.|
The Indians trade Rocky Colavito again‚ this time to the White Sox for OF Jim King and a player to be named.
|July 31||Jack Hiatt belts a pinch hit grand slam off Pittsburgh’s Elroy Face to give the Giants an 8-4 win. Hiatt’s pinch slam is the 1200th slam in ML history.|
|August 2||With homers from both sides of the plate‚ Pete Rose leads the Reds to a 7-3 win over the Braves. It’s a 2nd time for Rose.|
|August 3||Reports of rowdyism on an Athletics flight reach owner Charlie Finley and will result in the release of outfielder Ken Harrelson and firing of manager Alvin Dark.|
The Red Sox acquire C Elston Howard from the Yankees for cash and 2 players to be named (Ron Klimkowski and Pete Magrini). Howard will hit just .147 for Boston but provide a steady hand with the pitchers. With the deal‚ the Sox will sell C Bob Tillman to the Yankees on August 8.
|August 4||John Fetzer‚ president of the ML television committee‚ announces a $50 million‚ 3-year deal with NBC to televise the WS‚ All-Star Game‚ and 28 weekly telecasts.|
|August 6||Against Chicago‚ Brooks Robinson of the Orioles hits into the 4th triple play of his career for a ML mark. It happens in the 5th inning going Boyer (3B) to Buford (2B) to McCraw (1B).|
Minnesota’s Dean Chance throws a perfect no-hitter for 5 innings against the Red Sox before the game is called. Chance wins 2-0.
|August 8||At Crosley Field‚ Reds P Milt Pappas allows 2 hits in beating Houston‚ 5-0.|
|August 9||Minnesota’s 20-inning 9-7 loss to the Senators is the longest game in Twins history. Ken McMullen‘s 20th-inning HR wins it for Washington.|
In a definition of manager’s hell‚ the Carolina League (Class A) Burlington team plays a 7-inning game against Raleigh‚ and Burlington batters hit into a double play in each inning.
|August 11||In the 2nd inning of the first game of a doubleheader‚ Al Downing of the Yankees strikes out the side on just 9 pitches. The Yanks beat the Indians 5-3.|
The Braves edge the Astros‚ 6-5‚ in 16 innings‚ winning on a game-ending HR by Joe Torre. Both teams score once in the 14th and Mack Jones cuts down Staub trying to score a 2nd run for Houston. Felipe Alou ties it up with a HR.
The Mets Danny Frisella picks up his first ML win‚ but he’s long gone when the W is posted. Frisella pitches 6 2/3 innings before being lifted‚ then races the airport to catch a plane to take him to an Air National Guard meeting in California. Don Shaw picks up the save in the 3-2 win over the Pirates.
|August 13||Completing a 3-game sweep of the White Sox‚ Jim Merritt pitches the Twins into first place with a 3-2 win.|
|August 14||Despite a 2-1 loss to the Twins‚ the Angels are within 11?2 games of first place.|
After whipping the Mets 8 straight times‚ Jim Bunning finally loses to the New Yorkers. The Mets beat Philadelphia 8-3.
|August 16||Reds P Jim Maloney retires all 19 batters he faces‚ but has to leave the game with one out in the 7th when he steps in a hole and injures his ankle. Reliever Billy McCool allows 2 hits and the Reds win‚ 2-0‚ in Pittsburgh.|
|August 17||California’s Jim Weaver gives up Reggie Jackson‘s first ML homer but holds on to beat Kansas City‚ 4-3.|
The Tigers trade P Fred Gladding and cash to the Astros for veteran Eddie Mathews.
|August 18||A baseball tragedy occurs when Tony Conigliaro of the Red Sox is beaned by the Angels Jack Hamilton. Hit on the left cheekbone‚ just below the eye socket‚ Conigliaro will miss the rest of 1967 and all of 1968. He was hitting .267 with 20 HRs and 67 RBI in 95 games. Despite the loss of Tony C‚ the Red Sox will sweep the 4-game series with the Angels. The sweep will still leave Minnesota in 1st place‚ with Boston‚ Detroit‚ and Chicago all within 2 games.|
Lew Krausse of the A’s is suspended by owner Charlie Finley for rowdyism and conduct unbecoming a ML player.
|August 19||The Red Sox continue winning‚ beating California‚ 12-11. Norm Siebern hits a pinch triple with the bases loaded and Yaz has 4 hits‚ including his 29th homer.|
|August 20||Within 24 hours‚ Alvin Dark (52-69) is fired‚ rehired‚ and fired again as manager of the A’s. Luke Appling becomes interim manager.|
At Fenway‚ Red Sox Reggie Smith joins the ranks of Mickey Mantle‚ Pete Rose‚ and others by hitting HRs left- and righthanded in a game with California. Yaz adds two three-run homers‚ one in each game of the doubleheader. The Sox win the nitecap‚ 9-8 after trailing 8-0.
The Tigers take a pair from the Indians, winning 4-2 and 4-0, as career reliever John Hiller tosses a shutout in his first start. Al Kaline homers in each game.
|August 21||Jim Maloney‚ who gave up 9 hits on the 16th. allows just 2 hits‚ as the Reds beat the Giants‚ 2-0. Maloney pitches hitless ball over the past 7 innings.|
Charlie Finley releases Ken Harrelson‚ making him baseball’s first free agent. Harrelson is quoted as calling Finley a menace to baseball.
|August 22||Charlie Finley lifts his suspension of Lew Krausse.|
Indian pitcher Luis Tiant has 16 strikeouts in a 3-2 win over California.
|August 24||While pushing a car‚ Philadelphia’s Richie Allen suffers a severe injury when he pushes his hand through the headlight. It will sideline him for the remainder of the season. The Phils will go 14-21 without him.|
|August 25||Houston’s Don Wilson strikes out 10 Reds‚ including Pete Rose 4 times‚ but loses to Cincy‚ 2-1.|
In the first of two, Dean Chance pitches his second no-hitter of the month, a 2–1 victory, and the Twins sweep Cleveland to take first place in the tight American League pennant race. Chance allows a run in the first on two walks and a wild pitch. The victory gives Chance a 17-9 record and lowers his ERA to 2.42.
The Tigers trip KC, 3–0, as John Hiller records his second straight shutout in his first two ML starts. Homers by Eddie Mathews, Dick McAuliffe and Bill Freehan provide the scoring as the fourth-place Tigers stay 1 1/2 games out of first.
|August 27||In a critical game with the White Sox, Boston RF Jose Tartabull makes a great throw home in the 9th to catcher Elston Howard and nails Ken Berry trying to score from 3B. Boston wins, 4–3, behind two home runs by Carl Yastrzemski. Chicago comes back to win the nitecap, 1–0, as Gary Peters (15-7) pitches 11 shutout innings. Rocky Colavito walks with the bases loaded to drive in the lone run.|
|August 28||Boston signs free-agent OF Ken Harrelson. Harrelson reportedly receives a $75‚000 bonus and salary package for 1967 and 1968. Harrelson will homer in his first Boston at bat but will hit just .200 for the Red Sox.|
In the Reds 3-2 loss to the Phils‚ catcher Johnny Bench makes his debut. He goes 0-for-3 before Chico Ruiz pinch hits for him in the 9th with a runner on 2B.
|August 29||The Red Sox tie an AL record it originally set on July 4‚ 1905‚ by playing 29 innings in a doubleheader. Boston wins the first against the Yankees 2-1‚ then drop the nightcap in 20 innings 4-3. The winning pitcher Fred Talbot has a single in 20th‚ off Darrell Brandon‚ to set up Horace Clarke‘s game-winning single. The game lasts 5:15 and is the 3rd game this year of 18 innings or more for New York.|
The Reds collect only two hits‚ but it’s enough to beat the Jim Bunning and the Phils‚ 1-0. Vada Pinson doubles in the 7th‚ and scores on a ground out and fly out.
Bert Campaneris bangs out three triples for Kansas City‚ but Cleveland still wins‚ 9-8‚ in 10 innings. Campy is the first to have 3 triples in an AL game since Ben Chapman in 1939.
|August 31||Before a crowd of 4‚992 at Wrigley Field‚ rookies Tom Seaver and Rich Nye battle for 10 innings to a 1-1 tie. In the bottom of the 11th‚ the Cubs put 2 aboard with no outs and Ted Savage attempts to bunt. With the count 1-2‚ Durocher lifts Savage for Al Spangler‚ who slaps a single to give the Cubs a 2-1 win over the Mets. Pinch runner Fergie Jenkins scores the run.|
|September 1||Cincinnati’s Bob Lee walks Dick Groat with the bases loaded in the 21st inning to give the Giants a 1-0 victory at Crosley Field. Twenty scoreless innings tie the ML mark set by the Pirates and the Braves on August 1‚ 1918‚ a game Pittsburgh also won in the 21st‚ 2-0. Gaylord Perry‚ with 9 one-run losses during the season‚ pitches the first 16 innings of shutout ball‚ with Frank Linzy going the last 5. Mel Queen tosses 9 1/3 inning for the Reds.|
The Cubs start a streak of four straight doubleheaders by beating the Mets‚ 8-2‚ behind Fergie Jenkins 17th win. Former Cub Don Cardwell wins the nitecap‚ 3-0‚ striking out 11.
Alan Foster of Spokane pitches his PCL-record second no-hitter of the year. Both no-nos are 1-0 games against Seattle.
|September 2||Minnesota takes the AL lead on Dave Boswell‘s 5-0 victory over Denny McLain and Detroit.|
Washington’s Bob Priddy loses his 1-0 lead to the Yankees when Mantle clouts a 2-run pinch homer in the 8th and New York wins‚ 2-1. Stottlemyre is the winner‚ allowing 6 hits and no walks. For Mantle‚ it is his 14th game-winning hit of the year‚ 8 of them home runs.
After rookie Joe Niekro shuts out the Mets‚ 5-0‚ the Cubs blow a nitecap lead to lose‚ 5-4.
|September 3||Before a Twins crowd of 43‚494‚ Detroit’s Earl Wilson pitches a 5-0 shutout to narrow the Twins lead to 1/2 game over the Tigers. The win is Wilson’s 19th.|
The Cubs‚ in their 3rd straight doubleheader‚ sweep a pair from the Mets‚ 4-0 and 6-3. Bill Hands tosses the shutout with the help of back-to-back homers from Williams and Santo‚ off rookie Bill Graham. Ken Holtzman‚ on a weekend leave from National Guard summer training‚ wins the nitecap.
|September 4||In the opener of two‚ Cubs rookie Rich Nye allows no hits through 6 innings and is one out away in the 9th from a 1-0‚ 3-hit win. But Lou Johnson homers for the Dodgers to tie. In the 11th‚ Ernie Banks homers off reliever Don Sutton to give Chicago the win. Don Sutton is now 0-7 against Chicago. Cubs pitcher Chuck Hartenstein allows 4 hits in the 9th of the nitecap and the Dodgers rally for 5 runs to win‚ 8-6.|
|September 6||After the Tigers sweep the A’s 8-5 and 6-3‚ and the White Sox down the Angels 3-2‚ the top 4 AL teams are separated by a single percentage point. Chicago and Minnesota are 78-61 for .561; Boston and Detroit are 79-62 for .560.|
|September 7||The Giants tie their own NL record by using 25 players in a 15-inning 3-2 win over the Astros.|
|September 8||The Tigers move into a first-place tie with the Twins‚ as Eddie Mathews and Jim Northrup hit HRs‚ and Mickey Lolich beats Tommy John 4-1 at Chicago.|
Despite a brilliant relief effort by Dick Kelley‚ the Braves lose a 4-1 decision at Philadelphia. Kelley ties the NL record for relievers with 6 consecutive strikeouts.
|September 9||Sox starter Gary Peters takes a 3-0 lead into the 9th inning‚ but a 7-run 9th keeps Detroit tied for first place with the Twins with a 7-3 win at Chicago. Chicago is now in 4th place‚ two games in back‚ with the Red Sox in 3rd place just a half-game behind.|
|September 10||Joel Horlen revives Chicago pennant hopes with a 5-0 no-hit win against the Tigers. Detroit hits only two balls to the outfield. Behind the pitching of Cisco Carlos with help from Wilhelm and Bob Locker‚ the Sox win game 2 by a 4-0 score to move a game behind the 2nd-place Red Sox.|
Minnesota leads the tight AL race after edging the Orioles 4-2 at Baltimore.
|September 11||A’s players agree to drop a grievance filed with the National Labor Relations Board against Charlie Finley. Finley agrees‚ in writing‚ that he will not coerce or intimidate his players‚ or discriminate against them for the threatened action.|
Houston ties the NL record by using 8 pitchers in one 9-inning game‚ defeating Chicago 11-10 at the Astrodome.
|September 12||The Reds rout the Pirates‚ winning 15-7.|
|September 14||Walter Bond‚ who played for the Indians‚ Astros‚ and Twins‚ dies of leukemia at age 29. Bond had been released by the Twins this year and was with Jacksonville (IL) when he went on the inactive list because of the disease.|
|September 15||There are just two runs scored in the Phils-Dodgers doubleheader‚ and Los Angeles scores both‚ winning 1-0 in each game. In game one‚ Phils OF Tony Gonzalez is 2-for-4‚ giving him 30 hits for his last 55 at bats.|
|September 16||Norm Cash drives in 5 runs and John Hiller goes the distance‚ enabling Detroit to take the AL lead with a 9-1 win over the Yankees.|
The Phils top the Dodgers‚ 8-4 in 11 innings‚ when Rick Joseph hits a pinch grand slam to end it.
|September 18||Bob Gibson pitches St. Louis to a 5-1 win and its 2nd pennant of the decade.|
Boston rallies to beat the 1st place Tigers in Detroit. A Yaz HR‚ his 40th‚ ties the game 5-5 in 9th inning and a solo HR by Dalton Jones wins it in the 10th. Hours later‚ Detroit will receive another blow when Denny McLain leaps off a couch and sprains his left ankle. He will not pitch until the last game of the year.
Minnesota keeps pace by beating Kansas City 2-0 behind Jim Katt’s 6-hitter. The White Sox lose 3-2 to the Angels when Rick Reichardt hits a 9th inning RBI single. Boston‚ Detroit‚ and Minnesota are now tied for 1st‚ with Chicago in 4th place‚ a half-game back.
|September 19||Wes Westrum (57-94) resigns as manager of the Mets following a 4-3 loss to the Dodgers. Coach Salty Parker takes over and will be 4-7 for the rest of the season. Two days later the board of directors announces it will try to obtain Gil Hodges as manager.|
Boston rallies again to beat Detroit 4-2‚ scoring 3 runs in the 9th inning. Jose Santiago (10-4) wins for the 2nd time in 2 days. The loss drops Detroit from 1st place down to 4th. Dave Boswell throws a 2-hitter to give the Twins an 8-2 win over the Royals. Joel Horlen wins his 18th game‚ a 3-0 blanking of the Angels‚ to leave the Sox in 3rd place‚ a half-game behind the co-leaders‚ Boston and the Twins.
|September 20||Steve Carlton of the Cardinals strikes out 16 batters‚ including 7 in a row‚ in 8 innings but still loses 3-1 to Chris Short and the Phillies.|
The Red Sox‚ down 2-0 in Cleveland‚ rally on Yaz’s 41st HR and a 3-run HR by Rico Petrocelli to win 5-4. Yaz‚ with 4 hits in the game‚ is now leading the AL with a .316 average‚ and is 1st in RBIs and HRs. The Twins‚ Tigers and White Sox all keep pace. The Twins win 6-2 as Dean Chance K’s 13 for his 18th victory. Detroit routs the Yankees 10-1‚ while Chicago tops the Angels 6-4.
In the Reds 9-4‚ win over the Braves‚ Johnny Bench hits his first ML homer‚ a 3-run shot off Jim Britton in Atlanta.
|September 21||Gary Bell beats his old team Cleveland to give Boston a 6-5 win.|
|September 22||The Tigers sweep two from Washington‚ 8-3 and 4-0‚ to stay a half-game behind the leading Twins. Earl Wilson cops his 22nd in the opener while Lolich takes the nitecap. The White Sox lose to Cleveland‚ 2-1‚ in 13 innings‚ while Boston splits a twi-night doubleheader with Baltimore‚ losing 10-0‚ then winning 10-3 behind Jose Santiago.|
Tom Haller hits a game-ending HR in the 9th off Al McBean to give the Giants Ray Sadecki a 1-0 victory.
The Phillies hand pitcher Dallas Green his release.
|September 23||Three straight sacrifice bunts by the Phillies tie a ML record in a 4-0 win at Los Angeles.|
The White Sox move to a half game out of 1st place on the strength of Joel Horlen’s 3-hitter‚ an 8-0 whitewash of Cleveland. The Red Sox are in 3rd place‚ also a half game out‚ after dropping a 7-5 decision to Baltimore. Yaz’s 42nd HR had given the Red Sox a 5-4 lead‚ but a Brooks Robinson HR in the 8th inning won it for the O’s.
|September 24||The Twins crunch the Yankees 9-2 as Dean Chance scatters 9 hits for his 20th victory. The White Sox hold off the Indians 5-1‚ while Boston racks up 18 hits in an 11-7 win over the Orioles. The Tigers lose and tough one. Going in to the bottom of the 9th in Washington‚ Detroit nursed a 4-2 lead‚ only to lose it 5-4. The loss drop Detroit to 4th‚ 1 1/2 games behind Minnesota‚ Chicago a game back‚ and Boston a half game.|
|September 25||In an afternoon game‚ the Angels top the leading Twins‚ 9-2 in Minnesota‚ to move the idle Red Sox into a 1st-place tie. Detroit loses‚ 2-0‚ to Yankee lefty Al Downing.|
At Forbes Field‚ the Reds Jim Maloney pitches a 2-hitter to beat the Pirates‚ 3-0. All the scores come on solo homers-2 by Mack Jones and one by Lee May.
|September 26||Cleveland’s Luis Tiant beats the Red Sox 6-3 despite Yaz’s 43rd HR of the season. The Twins top the Angels 7-3 behind 2 monster HRs by Harmon Killebrew‚ his 42nd and 43rd of the season. Lolich blanks the Yanks‚ 1-0‚ for Detroit to tighten the pennant race. The Twins (91-68) lead with Chicago (89-68) and the idle Red Sox (90-69) a game back‚ and Detroit (89-69) 1 1/2 back.|
|September 27||Philadelphia’s Jim Bunning loses a ML-record-tying 5th 1-0 decision‚ as Houston’s Mike Cuellar outlasts the veteran in 11 innings.|
In afternoon games‚ Cleveland tops Boston 6-0‚ while the Twins drop a 5-1 decision to California. In their last games in Kansas City before moving to Oakland‚ the 10th place A’s sweep a doubleheader from Chicago‚ beating the AL’s ERA leaders Gary Peters and Joe Horlen. Peters loses the opener 5-2‚ and Horlen the nitecap 4-0‚ to rookie Catfish Hunter. Jim Gosger leads the way for KC by going 5-for-8 in the doubleheader. The two losses on this “Black Wednesday” drops Chicago to 4th place with only a hope of a tie for the pennant.
|September 28||The Senators score a run in the 1st inning‚ and P Phil Ortega makes it stand up to top the White Sox 1-0. The loss eliminates Chicago.|
|September 30||Manager Billy Hitchcock (77-82) is fired by the Braves.|
Jim Davenport sets an NL record with his 64th straight errorless game-137 chances-at 3B for the Giants. San Francisco wins a pair over the Phils‚ 3-2 and 1-0.
Boston beats the Twins 6-4 to tie Minnesota for first place. Carl Yastrzemski‘s 3-run HR gives him the AL-lead with 44th‚ but Killebrew answers with his 44th for the losers.
Meanwhile‚ Detroit‚ which had games rained out on the 28th and 29th‚ plays 2 with the Angels. Lolich wins the opener‚ 5-0‚ his 3rd straight shutout‚ and Detroit takes a seemingly safe 6-2 lead into the 8th inning of the nitecap. The Angels then bat around‚ scoring 6 runs‚ to hand Detroit a devastating 8-6 loss. Detroit now trails Minnesota and Boston by a half-game.
|October 1||Boston clinches the AL pennant with a 5-3 win over Minnesota‚ Jim Lonborg besting Dean Chance. Carl Yastrzemski goes 4-for-4 and has 10 hits in his final 13 at bats to grab the Triple Crown (.326‚ 44‚ 121). Detroit‚ which could tie for the lead with a sweep‚ beats California in the opener 6-4. They then drop the 2nd game 8-5 despite sending 8 Tiger pitchers to the mound. The 4 teams combined for 6-12 record over the final week‚ while Boston won the pennant with .568 winning percentage‚ the lowest in league history.|
In a 4-3 loss to the Yankees and Mel Stottlemyre‚ Dave Duncan hits the last homer for the Kansas City Athletics. The team is relocating to Oakland.
Pittsburgh RF Roberto Clemente ends his season with a flourish‚ winning his 4th batting title with a .357 average by going 2-for-5 with a triple and his 23rd HR‚ as the Pirates wallop the Astros 10-3.
Joe Adcock (75-87) is fired as manager of the Indians.
|October 2||Ground is broken for a new stadium in Philadelphia.|
|October 4||Cardinals LF Lou Brock has 4 hits‚ 2 stolen bases‚ and scores twice‚ as St. Louis edges Boston 2-1 to open the World Series at Fenway Park. Bob Gibson has 10 strikeouts and outduels Jose Santiago‚ whose HR is Boston’s only score.|
|October 5||Jim Lonborg pitches the 4th one-hitter in WS history and Yaz (Carl Yastrzemski) hits 2 HRs in Boston’s 5-0 win to even the Series.|
|October 7||In game 3 St. Louis‚ Nelson Briles swings the WS toward the Cards with a 7-hit 5-2 win. Lou Brock has 2 more hits‚ and Mike Shannon homers off loser Gary Bell.|
Lum Harris is named manager of the Braves.
|October 8||Bob Gibson is overpowering again in a 5-hit 6-0 win in Game 4. Roger Maris and Tim McCarver each have 2 RBI for St. Louis.|
The Braves trade P Denny LeMaster and SS Dennis Menke to the Astros for SS Sonny Jackson and 1B Chuck Harrison.
|October 9||Roger Maris homers for the Cardinals in the 9th‚ but Jim Lonborg‘s 3-1 win sends the WS back to Boston.|
|October 10||The Reds swap Deron Johnson to the Braves‚ getting P Jay Ritchie‚ and outfielders Mack Jones and Jim Beauchamp.|
|October 11||A WS record 3 HRs in one inning-consecutively‚ by Yaz‚ Reggie Smith‚ and Rico Petrocelli-power Boston to an 8-4 win that evens the Series at 3 each.|
|October 12||The Cardinals earn their 2nd World Championship of the decade with a 7-2 victory. Bob Gibson notches his 3rd WS win with a 3-hitter‚ 10 strikeouts‚ and a 5th-inning HR. Lou Brock has 2 hits and steals 3 bases for a record 7 thefts in a 7-game WS.|
|October 13||Larry Shepard is named manager of the Pirates.|
|October 18||The AL approves the Athletics’ shift to Oakland‚ CA. Kansas City is promised a new team by 1971. When Senator Stuart Symington and Kansas City Mayor Davis threaten action against the move‚ AL President Joe Cronin reopens talks‚ and the expansion deadline is moved to 1969.|
|October 19||Senator Stuart Symington blasts A’s owner Charlie Finley on the floor of the United States Senate‚ calling him “one of the most disreputable characters ever to enter the American sports scene.”|
|October 20||Charlie Finley names Bob Kennedy the first manager of the Oakland A’s.|
|October 22||Joe DiMaggio is hired as executive vice president of the A’s by Charlie Finley.|
|October 30||Arthur Allyn announces that his White Sox will play 9 games in Milwaukee in 1968. Chicago will become the first AL team to play regular season games outside its own city since 1905.|
|October 31||San Francisco’s Mike McCormick is the NL Cy Young Award winner‚ as pitchers are honored in each league for the first time.|
|November 3||Boston’s Jim Lonborg is named AL Cy Young Award winner.|
|November 7||Orlando Cepeda of the Cards is the first unanimous selection as NL MVP.|
|November 8||The Reds trade OF Art Shamsky to the Mets for IF Bob Johnson.|
|November 13||Following a meeting of NL owners‚ President Warren Giles says the league will not stand in the way of AL expansion to Seattle and Kansas City.|
|November 15||Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski is the overwhelming selection as the AL’s MVP. The Triple-crown winner misses unanimity by one vote‚ which goes to Cesar Tovar (.267‚ 6 HR‚ 47 RBI).|
|November 20||Mets P Tom Seaver (16-12) is named NL Rookie of the Year.|
|November 21||Cleveland acquires OF Tommy Harper from the Reds for 1B Fred Whitfield and P George Culver.|
|November 22||Minnesota 2B Rod Carew (.292) is the runaway choice for AL Rookie of the Year.|
|November 27||The New York Mets send P Bill Denehy and $100‚000 to the Senators for Washington’s manager‚ Gil Hodges. Jim Lemon is named manager of the Senators.|
|November 28||The Twins send SS Zoilo Versalles and P Mudcat Grant to the Dodgers for C Johnny Roseboro and Ps Bob Miller and Ron Perranoski.|
|November 29||The White Sox reacquire SS Luis Aparicio‚ with OF Russ Snyder and 1B/OF John Matias‚ from Baltimore for Ps Bruce Howard and Roger Nelson and INF Don Buford.|
The Indians trade OF Chuck Hinton to the Angels for OF Jose Cardenal.
|November 30||The Yankees purchase Gene Michael from the LA Dodgers.|
The Cubs give up on P Ray Culp and ship him to the Red Sox for minor leaguer Rudy Schlesinger and cash. A steal for the Sox‚ Culp will develop a palm ball and win 64 games for them in the next 4 seasons. Chicago also sends P Paul Popovich to the Dodgers in a deal to reacquire Lou Johnson.
|December 1||Pacific Northwest Sports‚ Inc. is awarded one of the 2 AL expansion franchise. The team will play in Seattle.|
|December 2||The Twins trade P Ron Kline to the Pirates for INF Bob Oliver‚ Kline was 7-1 in 1967 and will post a 12-5 record in relief for the Bucs in 1968.|
|December 5||Stan Musial resigns as GM of the Cardinals and is replaced by Bing Devine. Musial remains a senior veep.|
|December 7||The Yankees trade C Bob Tillman and P Dale Roberts to the Braves for minor leaguer Bobby Cox.|
|December 10||In Puerto Rican League game‚ San Juan beats Arecibo‚ 6-3 behind Pat Dobson. The Detroit rookie strikes out 21 Arecibo batters.|
|December 15||Pittsburgh acquires P Jim Bunning from the Phillies for pitchers Woodie Fryman‚ Bill Laxton‚ and Harold Clem‚ and IF Don Money.|
The Mets trade OF Tommy Davis‚ P Jack Fisher‚ P Billy Wynne‚ and C Dick Booker to the White Sox for OF Tommie Agee and IF Al Weis.
The Red Sox trade C Mike Ryan and cash to the Phillies for P Dick Ellsworth and C/1B Gene Oliver.
|December 24||Red Sox star Jim Lonborg falls while skiing and injures his knee. The 1967 Cy Young winner‚ 22-9 this past season‚ will fall to 6-10 in 1968.|