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1967 in Baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 1967 throughout the world.
April 14 - In his Major League debut, Billy Rohr of the Boston Red Sox has a no-hitter broken up with two out in the ninth inning--and one strike to go--of a 3-0 victory over the New York Yankees and Whitey Ford at Yankee Stadium. A single by Elston Howard breaks up the bid; this will be the only hit Rohr will allow. Exactly one week later, Rohr again defeats the Yankees in a complete game victory, this time at Fenway Park--the second of: 1) the only two games Rohr will win this season and 2) the only three he will win as a Major Leaguer.
July 2 - The Chicago Cubs moved into a tie for first place with the St. Louis Cardinals after defeating the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 before 40,464 at Wrigley Field. After the game, many in the crowd waited until the pennant flags on the scoreboard were rearranged with the Cubs flag placed on the top. It was the first time the Cubs were in first place since the 1945 season.
July 4 - The Niekro brothers face each other for the first time, with Phil Niekro pitching for the Atlanta Braves and Joe Niekro hurling for the Chicago Cubs. Phil beat Joe in an 8-3 decision in the first game of a double-header in Atlanta. The Braves also won the second game 4-2.
August 20 - In the first game of a double header, Al Kaline hits his 300th career home run helping the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians, 4-2. Kaline has another home run in the second game with Detroit winning, 4-0.
September 20 - St Louis Cardinals' pitcher Steve Carlton struck out sixteen Phillies batters in 8 innings, but the Phillies beat Cardinals 3-1.
September 27 - In the tight AL pennant race, the possibility of a four-way tie is eliminated as the Twins and Red Sox both lose (5-1 to California and 6-0 to Cleveland, respectively). Minnesota now has a 91-69 won-lost record and Boston is 90-70, and the only games left for those two teams are two games against each other.
September 29 - The White Sox lose 1-0 to the Washington Senators and are eliminated from the AL pennant race. Chicago is now 89-71, and can win a maximum of 91 games, and must finish behind the Twins or the Red Sox (those two teams only have the two games against each other left to play). The only remaining tie possibilities are Twins-Tigers or Red Sox-Tigers.
Ferguson Jenkins wins his 20th game of the 1967 season with a 4-1 decision over the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati. It was the first of seven 20-win seasons for Jenkins in his career, six of which were with the Cubs.
One of the closest American League pennant races ever enters the season's final day with the Red Sox and Twins tied for first place and the Tigers one-half game back. The Red Sox and Twins play a game against each other, with the winner clinching a tie for the pennant and the loser being eliminated. In that game, eventual American League MVPCarl Yastrzemski goes 4 for 4 as the Red Sox beat the Twins 5-3. The Tigers can tie the Red Sox if they sweep a doubleheader from the California Angels in Detroit. The Tigers win the first game 6-4, but their bullpen fails in the finale and the Angels win 8-5 to give the Red Sox the pennant with no playoff.
Today's doubleheader is the second in as many days for the Tigers and the Angels. The doubleheaders are the result of earlier postponements of games which are needed in the deciding of the pennant race. Many years later, also in the AL, there will be a case of a day doubleheader scheduled on the day after a twi-night doubleheader; there will be a player protest to AL president Bobby Brown, who will rule that there will be only one game on the second day.
For the first time since 1937 both Chicago teams succeed in winning at least 85 games during the regular season. For the Cubs it was only their 2nd winning season (1963 being the other one) since 1946.
October 5 - In Game 2 of the World Series, Boston's Jim Lonborg is brilliant as he retires the first 19 Cardinals before walking Curt Flood with one out in the seventh inning. His no-hit bid is broken up with two out in the eighth by a Julián Javier double. Lonborg has to settle for pitching the fourth one-hitter in World Series history as the Red Sox even the series with a 5-0 win.
October 12 - In Game Seven of the World Series, the St. Louis Cardinals earn their second World Championship of the decade with a 7-2 victory over pitcher Jim Lonborg and the Boston Red Sox. Pitcher Bob Gibson notches his third win in the Series with a three-hitter, in which he records 10 strikeouts and a fifth-inning home run, while outfielder Lou Brock has two hits and three stolen bases for a record seven steals in a seven-game World Series.
October 18: City officials from Kansas City, Oakland and Seattle were invited by Joe Cronin to discuss the A's relocation plans. United States Senator Stuart Symington attended the meeting and discussed the possibility of revoking baseball's antitrust exemption if the A's were allowed to leave Kansas City. The owners began deliberation and after the first ballot, only six owners were in favour of relocation. The owner of Baltimore voted against, while the ownership for Cleveland, New York and Washington had abstained. In the second ballot, the New York Yankees voted in favour of the Athletics relocation to Oakland. To appease all interested parties, the Athletics announced that MLB would expand to Kansas City and Seattle no later than the 1971 MLB season.
October 22 - Kansas City Athletics owner Charlie Finley hires Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio as the team's vice president. DiMaggio will also serve as a coach for the newly transplanted Oakland Athletics. DiMaggio needed two more years of baseball service to qualify for the league's maximum pension allowance.
January 1 - Lindsay Brown, 55, shortstop who appeared in 48 games for the 1937 Brooklyn Dodgers.
January 4 - Estel Crabtree, 63, outfielder who appeared in 489 total games for the Cincinnati Reds (1929; 1931-1932; 1943-1944) and St. Louis Cardinals (1933; 1941-1942); stalwart member of 1930s Rochester Red Wings teams; elected to the International League Hall of Fame (1953).
January 6 - Joe Haynes, 49, pitcher who hurled in 379 career games for the Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox from 1939 through 1952; 1947 American League earned-run average champion and 1948 All-Star; later a coach and executive with Washington and the Minnesota Twins; brother-in-law of Calvin Griffith.
January 6 - Johnny Keane, 55, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals (July 6, 1961 through 1964) and New York Yankees (1965 to May 6, 1966) who won the 1964 World Series with the Cardinals, then joined the opposing Yankees immediately afterward; previously, longtime minor league infielder and manager before joining Cardinals as a coach in 1959.
January 6 - Joe Walsh, 80, catcher who appeared in five games for the New York Highlanders in 1910 and 1911.
January 13 - Charlie Gelbert, 60, infielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox between 1929 and 1940, who helped the 1931 Cardinals win the World Series.
January 25 - Jud Daley, 82, outfielder in 80 games for the 1911-1912 Brooklyn Dodgers.
January 25 - George Gibson, 86, catcher in 1,213 games over 14 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1905-1916) and New York Giants (1917-1918); manager of Pirates (1920-1922 and 1932-1934) and interim pilot of Chicago Cubs (1925); one of the first Canadians to manage in the major leagues; member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
February 4 - Earle Mack, 77, son of Connie Mack; first baseman, third baseman and catcher in five total games for the Philadelphia Athletics (1910, 1911 and 1914); minor league player and player-manager (1910-1917 and 1920-1923); coach and assistant manager (to his father) for the Athletics from 1924 to May 1950; co-owner of the Athletics with his brother Roy from August 1950 to November 1954, when the Mack brothers sold the team to industrialist Arnold Johnson, who moved it from Philadelphia to Kansas City in 1955.
February 9 - Billy Burke, 77, left-handed pitcher in 22 games for Boston of the National League in 1910 and 1911.
February 12 - Dutch Distel, 70, played in eight games for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1918, mostly as a second baseman.
February 12 - Bob Rhoads, 87, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, and St. Louis Cardinals in the early 20th century, who won 22 games and posted a 1.80 ERA for Cleveland in 1906.
February 14 - Jimmy Johnston, 77, infielder-outfielder in 1,377 games for the Chicago White Sox (1911) and Cubs (1914), Brooklyn Robins (1916-1925), Boston Braves (1926) and New York Giants (1926); played for Brooklyn's 1916 and 1920 NL champions; later a coach with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
February 21 - Lou Tost, 55, left-handed pitcher who worked in 38 games for the 1942-1943 Boston Braves and one contest for the 1947 Pittsburgh Pirates.
February 26 - Tommy Heath, 53, catcher in 134 games for St. Louis Browns (1935; 1937-1938); later a minor league manager and MLB scout.
March 4 - Bullet Rogan, 77, pitcher in the Negro leagues for the Kansas City Monarchs.
March 6 - Vince Castino, 49, catcher who appeared in 88 games for the Chicago White Sox from 1943 to 1945.
March 6 - Jack Meyer, 34, pitcher who worked in 202 games for the 1955-1961 Philadelphia Phillies.
March 7 - Al Shealy, 66, pitcher who hurled in 47 total games for 1928 New York Yankees and 1930 Chicago Cubs; member of 1928 world champions.
March 10 - Billy Orr, 75, shortstop in 40 games for the 1913-1914 Philadelphia Athletics.
March 26 - George F. Wilson, 77, catcher who appeared in five games for the 1911 Detroit Tigers and one contest for the 1914 Boston Red Sox.
April 7 - Shanty Hogan, 61, hard-hitting, portly catcher for the Boston Braves, New York Giants and Washington Senators, who played in 989 games between 1925 and 1936.
April 13 - Tommy Griffith, 77, outfielder who appeared in 1,401 games between 1913 and 1925 for the Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Robins and Chicago Cubs; played in all seven games of the 1920 World Series, starting six as the Robins' right fielder.
April 13 - Herb Welch, 66, shortstop who played 13 games for the 1925 Boston Red Sox.
April 22 - Fritz Maisel, 77, third baseman and second baseman for New York Yankees (1913-1917) and St. Louis Browns (1918); led American League in stolen bases (74) in 1914.
April 22 - Bill Salkeld, 50, catcher who hit for the cycle as a rookie for the 1945 Pittsburgh Pirates and was also a member of the 1948 National League champion Boston Braves.
April 29 - Johnny Butler, 74, shortstop-third baseman in 375 games for the Brooklyn Robins, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals between 1926 and 1929.
May 8 - Ossie Orwoll, 66, first baseman and left-handed pitcher who played in 94 games for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1928 and 1929.
May 13 - Eddie Pick, 68, played in 66 games, primarily as a third baseman, for the 1923-1924 Cincinnati Reds and 1927 Chicago Cubs.
May 14 - Vic Saier, 76, first baseman for the Chicago Cubs from 1911-1917 and Pittsburgh Pirates in 1919; led National League in triples with 21 in 1913.
May 19 - Jiggs Parson, 81, pitcher with Boston of the National League who worked in 17 games in 1910 and 1911.
May 20 - Senaida Wirth, 40, All-Star shortstop in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
June 6 - Otis Brannan, 68, second baseman in 158 career games for the 1928-1929 St. Louis Browns.
June 13 - Doug Baird, 75, outfielder-third baseman who appeared in 617 games between 1915 and 1920 for the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Brooklyn Robins and New York Giants.
June 13 - Dick Reichle, 70, outfielder who played in 128 games in 1922 and 1923 for the Boston Red Sox; first visiting player to hit a home run at Yankee Stadium (April 20, 1923, off Waite Hoyt)--and it was Reichle's only MLB homer.
June 15 - Rip Wade, 59, outfielder in 59 games for the 1923 Washington Senators.
June 23 - Tookie Gilbert, 38, first baseman and minor-league slugger who appeared in 183 games during 1950 and 1953 stints with the New York Giants; his father and brother also played in the major leagues.
July 6 - Jim Asbell, 53, outfielder who played 17 games for the 1938 Chicago Cubs.
July 6 - Cotton Knaupp, 77, shortstop who played in 31 games for the 1910-1911 Cleveland Naps.
July 10 - Art "Skinny" Graham, 57, outfielder who got into 21 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1934 and 1935.
July 13 - Art "The Great" Shires, 60, colorful first baseman (and would-be prizefighter) who batted .291 in 290 career games for the Chicago White Sox (1928-1930), Washington Senators (1930) and Boston Braves (1932).
July 21 - Jimmie Foxx, 59, Hall of Fame first baseman (Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies) between 1925 and 1945, who retired with more career home runs (534) than any player except Babe Ruth; a 3-time MVP and the AL's 1933 triple crown winner, he hit .325 lifetime and played in the first nine All-Star games.
July 25 - Mike Chartak, 51, outfielder and first baseman who got into 256 career games for the New York Yankees (1940 and 1942), Washington Senators (1942) and St. Louis Browns (1942-1944); played for the Browns in the 1944 World Series.
July 29 - Ray Kolp, 72, pitcher who logged 383 appearances in a 12-season MLB career with the St. Louis Browns (1921-1924) and Cincinnati Reds (1927-1934).
August 13 - Mike Hechinger, 77, catcher in 13 games for Chicago Cubs and Brooklyn Superbas in 1912-1913.
August 17 - Ray Caldwell, 79, spitball pitcher who won 134 games over 12 seasons spent with the New York Highlanders and Yankees (1910-1918), Boston Red Sox (1919) and Cleveland Indians (1919-1921); knocked unconscious on the pitcher's mound when he was struck by lightning during the ninth inning of an August 24, 1919, game while with Cleveland, but he stayed in the contest after being revived and hurled a complete-game, 2-1 victory; no-hit the Yankees two weeks later, on September 10; won 20 games the following year as a member of the 1920 World Series champion Indians.
August 21 - Slim McGrew, 68, a 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)-tall, 235 lb (107 kg) pitcher who took the mound for ten games over three seasons (1922-1924) for the Washington Senators.
August 29 - Joe Fitzgerald, 70, minor league catcher who became a coach for the Washington Senators (1944-1957); scouted for the Senators and Minnesota Twins from 1958 until his death.
September 2 - Jack Ryan, 62, outfielder who appeared in two games for the 1929 Boston Red Sox.
September 4 - George Loepp, 65, center fielder who appeared in 65 career games for the 1928 Boston Red Sox and 1930 Washington Senators.
September 4 - Clyde Manion, 70, catcher who appeared in 477 games over 13 seasons for the Detroit Tigers (1920-1924 and 1926-1927), St. Louis Browns (1928-1930) and Cincinnati Reds (1930-1934).
September 5 - Jack Tising, 63, pitcher in 19 pro seasons between 1924 and 1946 who played only ten games in the majors for the 1936 Pittsburgh Pirates.
September 12 - Rollie Zeider, 83, infielder for three Chicago franchises (White Sox, Whales and Cubs), as well as the New York Yankees, from 1910 to 1918; played in 941 career big-league contests.
September 13 - Ralph LaPointe, 45, shortstop and second baseman who played 143 total games for 1947 Philadelphia Phillies and 1948 St. Louis Cardinals; head baseball coach of the University of Vermont from 1952 until his death.
September 13 - Joe Stanley, 86, outfielder for four major-league teams over seven seasons between 1897 and 1909, including both the National League (1897) and American League (1902 and 1905-1906) versions of the Washington Senators.
September 14 - Walt Bond, 29, outfielder who played 365 career games for the Cleveland Indians, Houston Colt .45s/Astros and Minnesota Twins between 1960 and 1967, when leukemia forced him to retire.
September 16 - Lee King, 74, outfielder in 411 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Giants from 1916 to 1922; in his final MLB at bat, in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the 1922 World Series, drove in an insurance run with a single to cap a three-run rally in the Giants' clinching, 5-3 victory over the New York Yankees.
September 25 - Phil Geier, 90, outfielder who played for five teams between 1896 and 1904, appearing in 349 games.
September 27 - Frank Barnes, 67, left-handed hurler who worked in six total games for the 1929 Detroit Tigers and 1930 New York Yankees.
October 2 - Jackie Price, 54, professional baseball shortstop during the 1930s and 1940s who became famous for sideline comedy, stunts and clowning that entertained fans before and during games; signed as a fan attraction by Cleveland Indians owner Bill Veeck in 1946 and activated for seven August and September games; his clowning skills were showcased in the MGM film Diamond Demon (1947).
October 3 - Fritz Mollwitz, 77, German-born first baseman who played in 634 games between 1913 and 1917 for the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals.
October 4 - Ed Barney, 77, outfielder in 88 career games for the 1915 New York Yankees and 1915-1916 Pittsburgh Pirates.
October 17 - Louise Clapp, 33, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher.
October 19 - Art Garibaldi, 60, third baseman and second baseman who played in 71 games for the 1936 St. Louis Cardinals; a fixture in the Pacific Coast League, playing 11 PCL seasons in the 12 years from 1931 to 1942.
October 27 - Bill Bailey, 85, outfielder who appeared in five games for 1911 New York Highlanders.
November 1 - Frank Gabler, 55, pitcher who worked in 113 games for the New York Giants, Boston Bees and Chicago White Sox between 1935 and 1938; later, longtime scout and pitching instructor.
November 12 - Cleo Carlyle, 65, outfielder who played in 95 games for the Boston Red Sox in 1927.
November 18 - Mike Prendergast, 78, pitcher for Chicago of the "outlaw" Federal League (1914-1915), Chicago Cubs (1916-1917) and Philadelphia Phillies (1918-1919) who worked in 180 career games.
November 24 - Joe Kelly, 67, outfielder, first baseman and pinch hitter who played in 97 games for 1926 and 1928 Chicago Cubs.
December 5 - Jack Lively, 82, pitcher who posted a 7-5 record in 18 games for 1911 Detroit Tigers.
December 6 - Claude Sullivan, 42, member of the Cincinnati Reds' radio broadcast team since 1964, and lead play-by-play announcer from 1966 until his death.
December 27 - Paul Lehner, 47, outfielder in 540 games for the St. Louis Browns, Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox between 1946 and 1952.
December 28 - James M. Johnston, 72, co-owner and board chairman of the Washington Senators from January 29, 1963 until his death.
December 28 - Bill Pertica, 69, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (1918) and St. Louis Cardinals (1921-1923); appeared in 74 career games, 73 as a Cardinal.
^Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.113, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN978-0-8027-1745-0
^Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.114, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN978-0-8027-1745-0
^Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.119, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN978-0-8027-1745-0