1967 Boston Red Sox essays

  • 1967 Red Sox: World Series recap By Dan Desrochers

    A recap of the 1967 World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.

  • The Birth of Red Sox Nation By Bill Nowlin

    Fans at Fenway Park were few and far between for most of the 1960s. The 1967 Red Sox team surprised everyone by winning the pennant and taking the World Series to a seventh and final game.

  • When Defeat is not a Loss: The 1967 World Series By Glenn Stout

    1967 was, perhaps, the last time the Boston Red Sox entered postseason play without either the burden or curse of history, perhaps the last time they played to beat only one team and not bring down an entire legacy.

  • In 1967, Red Sox honored another dreamer: 'Jimmy' By Saul Wisnia

    They were the youngest team in the major leagues. Yet when members of the 1967 Red Sox gathered in their clubhouse during the pennant race to discuss how to break up the bonus that would come their way with a World Series berth, they decided to vote a full share, about $5,500, to someone who hadn’t had a single at-bat for the club all season: a kid named Jimmy.

  • The BoSox Club By Bill Nowlin

    There is a lengthy tradition of Red Sox booster clubs, ranging from the Royal Rooters to the Winter League and the Red Sox Half Century Club. The most venerable of all, though, is the BoSox Club, founded in early 1967.

  • 1967 Red Sox: Front Page News By Bill Nowlin

    Analysis of front page coverage of Boston's largest-circulation newspaper demonstrates the degree to which the Impossible Dream season of 1967 was an entirely unexpected phenomenon.

  • 1967 Red Sox: Providence and the Pennant By Fr. Gerry Beirne

    A SABR member and priest remembers what it felt like to live the Impossible Dream in 1967.

  • 1967 Red Sox: Was it really 'Impossible'? By Mark Armour

    Growing up in New England, it was an article of faith that the 1967 Red Sox won the American League pennant with the help of divine intervention — that it was an “Impossible Dream.” With the passage of time, this depiction has become less satisfying, if for no other reasons than that it gives short shrift to the people who actually built the team.

  • 1967 Red Sox: Spring Training By Bill Nowlin

    After a 90-loss, ninth-place season in 1966, the Boston Red Sox entered spring training in Winter Haven, Florida, with a new manager and a new outlook.

  • Joe Castiglione: Remembering the 1967 Red Sox broadcast team By Joe Castiglione

    Boston Red Sox announcer Joe Castiglione remembers listening to Ned Martin and Ken Coleman call games during the pennant-winning season in 1967. Later, as a colleague, he enjoyed hearing them reminisce many times about the Impossible Dream season.

  • 1967 Red Sox: Scouting the opposition with Frank Malzone By Bill Nowlin

    Before the Boston Red Sox faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, they sent Frank Malzone, a former All-Star infielder, to scout the opposition.

  • 1967 Red Sox: With A Little Help From The Coaches By Ken Coleman and Dan Valenti

    One aspect of the 1967 Boston Red Sox often overlooked is the contribution of the coaching staff.

  • Can Stephen Jay Gould’s theory explain why there were no batting Triple Crowns in MLB for 45 years? By Andy Andres

    The batting Triple Crown used to occur more often. One potential explanation for the lack of Triple Crowns since 1967 is suggested by Stephen Jay Gould’s hypothesis explaining the disappearance of “the .400 hitter.”

  • 1967 Red Sox: Yaz and the Triple Crown By Bill Nowlin

    In 1967, Carl Yastrezemski wasn't just the sparkplug for the Boston Red Sox with his hitting and his fielding. He also posted some stats that no one matched for 45 years, winning the last Triple Crown in Major League Baseball until Miguel Cabrera in 2012.

  • In MLBPA's infancy, Jim Lonborg was in there pitching By Saul Wisnia

    In addition to playing a key role in the rebirth of the Boston Red Sox, ace pitcher Jim Lonborg was also instrumental in helping all major-leaguers make off-the-field gains as the team’s official player representative.

  • The 1967 AL Pennant Race: The 30,315,229 to 1 Possibility By Andy Andres

    By all accounts, the 1967 American League pennant race was one of the greatest of all time. Entering the last week of play, four teams had a chance to make it to the World Series.

  • 1967 Red Sox: The Cardiac Kids By Harvey Soolman

    The odds on the Boston Red Sox winning the 1967 American League pennant were 100-1 at the beginning of the season. But when they completed the Impossible Dream, it was “Pandemonium on the field!”

  • 1967 Red Sox: Saviors of Boston By Richard A. Johnson

    To truly appreciate the stunning achievement of manager Dick Williams and the Boston Red Sox in 1967, one must recall the dire circumstances from which they rescued the franchise.