Documenting the Greatest Pennant Race of All Time
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October 1, 1967 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 6 (91-70), Angels 4 (83-77)
The Tigers kept their slim playoff hopes alive as they took the first game of their second straight doubleheader with the Angels. Joe Sparma took the mound and he went head to with Angels starter Hamlilton.
The Tigers put two runs on the board in the very first inning and while things got close, they never yielded their lead. Dick Tracewski led off the inning with a single and then both Dick McAuliffe and Al Kaline flew out. Willie Horton came up big though and he belted a two run homer to give the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
The Angels touched up Sparma in the bottom of the second inning and the Tigers lead was cut in half pretty quick when Don Mincher led off the inning with a solo homer. He was set for a big day but even as he put the team on his back, things came up a bit short.
The Tigers did the bulk of their damage in the third inning. Dick McAuliffe and Al Kaline both grounded out but Willie HOrton when he reached second on an error by Roger Repoz. Bill Freehan was given a free pass before Don Wert singled home Horton to make it 3-1. Eddie Mathews then came up with the big clutch hit when he singled home Freehan and Wert to make it 5-1. The four run lead would be their biggest of the game.
Buck Rodgers hit a solo homer in the top of the fourth to make it 5-2 but Willie Horton struck again and he doubled and scored on Bill Freehan’s single to make it 6-2. Don Mincher hit his second homer of the game when he went yard in the eighth with a runner on to make it 6-4 but that was as close as the Angels would get.
Sparma improved to 16-9 and he gave up all four Angels runs. Fred Gladding threw two shutout innings and he picked up twelth save of the season while Wright took the loss for the Angels and he fell to 5-5 on the season.
October 1, 1967 at Tiger Stadium
Angels 8 (84-77), Tigers 5 (91-71)
The Tigers pennant hopes came to an abrupt end on their final game of the season. They needed a win to force a one game playoff with the Red Sox but they came up short as the Angels tagged Tigers’ pitching for eight runs. The Tigers actually had a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the second but the Angels scored three in the third, three in the fourth and one in the fifth to open the game up.
The Tigers actually put a rally together in the bottom of the ninth inning. After scoring two runs to make it 8-5, Bill Freehan led off the ninth with a double and Don Wert walked to put two runners on. Jim Price flied out to left and then Dick McAuliffe, who had gone the entire season and hit into just one double play, bounced to second base for an inning ending double play to end the Tigers season. McAuliffe would go the entire 1968 season without hitting into a double play.
Denny McLain was tagged for three runs and he was gone by the third inning. John Hiller also gave up three runs but it was just in 2/3 of an inning and he fell to 4-3. Jim McGlothlin gave up the two runs in the seventh but he improved to 12-8 with 4 2/3 innings of solid relief.
Rick Reichardt and Don Mincher both went yard for the Angels. Dick McAuliffe went two for four with a triple and three RBIs while Jim Northrup belted a two run homer for the Tigers.
October 1, 1967 at Comiskey Park
Senators 4, White Sox 3
The White Sox closed out their season with their fifth straight loss. They did break a three game streak where they had shut out and while they made a game of this one, they ended up stranding the tying run at first base in the bottom of the ninth.
Joe Horlen gave up two unearned runs in six innings in a no-decision start. Tommy John gave up one unearned run in the top of the seventh that broke a 2-2 tie and he dropped to 10-13. It was a sloppy game as four White Sox errors led to four unearned runs.
Horlen helped out his own cause with a single and two RBIs. Tommy McCraw had the only extra base hit for the White Sox with a double.
September 30, 1967 at Comiskey Park
Senators 4, White Sox 0 (89-72)
In a meaningless game, the White Sox played their third straight game in which they couldn’t score a run. Rocky Colavito was the only hitter to reach base twice with a pair of singles.
Gary Peters fell to 16-11 with the loss. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in six innings.
September 30, 1967 at Fenway Park
Red sox 6 (91-70), Twins 4 (91-70)
The Red Sox kept their pennant hopes alive in a must win game over the Twins. With the win, the Red Sox moved into a tie for first place and it set up what was effectively a one game playoff in the final game of the season tomorrow. The best the Tigers could hope for was a tie with tomorrow’s winner and that would only come about if they took both games of their doubleheader with the Angels.
It was Jim Kaat going up against Jose Santiago and the Twins drew first blood in the first inning. Zoilo Versalles led off with a single and after a fly out by Cesar Tovar, he moved to second on a walk by Harmon Killebrew. Tony Oliva then drove home the Twins first run with a single that scored Versalles. Bob Allison singled to load the bases but Rod Carew lined out and Ted Uhlaender grounded out to end the inning with three runners aboard.
From that point, the game turned into a pitcher’s duel although the Twins were dealt a critical blow in the third inning. With a man on and a man out, Jim Kaat strained his elbow and he had to leave the game. Jim Perry came in to relieve but in the month of September, Jim Kaat was one of the hottest pitchers in the game so they lost one of the guys who had gotten them to this point.
With Perry on the mound, the Red Sox finally struck in the fifth inning. Reggie Smith led off with a double and he moved to third on Dalton Jones single. Santiago and Mike Andrews struck out but Jerry Adair came through with the clutch hit when he singled home the tying run. Carl Yastrzemski then gave the Red Sox their first lead with another single and it was 2-1 Red Sox as things headed into the fifth inning.
It didn’t take the Twins long to answer. In the top of the sixth, Rich Reese singled home Bob Allison to tie the game with Santiago still on the mound. The Red Sox then put another run on the board in the bottom of the sixth on George Scott’s leadoff solo homer off of reliever Ron Kline to make it 3-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Red Sox opened up the flood gates. Santiago led off with a groundout before Mike Andrews singled. Then Zoilo Versalles made a critical error on a ground out by Jerry Adair. Instead of what could have been a potential inning ending double play, Zoilo misplayed it and everyone was safe. Carl Yastrzemski then made the Twins pay with a huge three run homer to give the Red Sox a 6-2 lead. It was his 44th homerun of the season.
Gary Bell relieved Santiago and Bell did give up two runs in the top of the ninth on a two run homer by Harmon Killebrew (also his 44th) but by that point the game was out of reach. Santiago improved to 12-4 with the nice start and Bell picked up his third save. Kline took the loss for the Twins and he fell to 7-1 on the season.
September 27, 1967 at Municpal Stadium
Athletics 5, White Sox 2 (89-69)
The White Sox didn’t do themselves a favor by dropping the front end of their doubleheader against the last place Athletics. The White Sox were held to just a pair of runs on four hits. Tommy Agee had the only extra base hit with a triple and he scored a run.
Gary Peters had a decent start go to waste. He gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk with ten strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. The loss dropped his record to 16-10 on the season.
September 27, 1967 at Municipal Stadium
Athletics 4, White Sox 0 (89-70)
The White Sox playoff chances hung by a thread as they dropped their second game of a doubleheader to the Athletics. The two losses dropped the White Sox all the way to fourth place and they needed to win all of their remaining three games just to clinch a tie and even then they needed help. In this one, Catfish Hunter shut out the White Sox on just three hits. The only hitter to reach base twice was Don Buford with a single and a walk.
Joe Horlen dropped to 19-7 on the season. He gave up three runs on six hits with a strikeout in 5 1/3 innings.
September 27, 1967 at Metropolitan Stadium
Angels 5, Twins 1 (91-69)
The Twins had a chance to clinch at least a tie for the American League pennant but they couldn’t take care of the Twins and now everything will come down a two game series with the Red Sox. The Twins had their share of hits but they stranded ten baserunners. Cesar Tovar went two for five and he drove in the lone run while Bob Allison went two for four. Future All Star third baseman Graig Nettles picked up a pinch hit double and that was the first hit of his career.
For the Angels, Don Mincher belted his 22nd homer of the season. Jimmie Hall went two for four with a triple and two runs.
Dean Chance fell to 20-13 on the season with a tough start. He gave up four runs on six hits and two walks with a strikeout in three innings of work. Rickey Clark improved to 12-11 and he gave up one run on six hits and three walks with six strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Minnie Rojas shut out the Twins through final 2 1/3 innings and he picked up his 27th save of the season.
September 27, 1967 at Fenway Park
Indians 6, Red Sox 0 (90-70)
Things were really going down to the wire as the Red Sox and Twins both lost heading into a critical two game season to end the season. The Red Sox lost despite their ace Jim Lonborg being on the mound. He gave up four runs on six hits with three strikeouts in three innings of work and the loss dropped his record to 21-9.
The Red Sox were held to just five hits in the game. Jerry Adair went two for four and Carl Yastrzemski picked up a hit to stay ahead in the batting title race.
September 26, 1967 at Fenway Park
Indians 6, Red Sox 3 (90-69)
Once again, the Red Sox stay atop the American League standings was short lived as they dropped into second place after a loss to the Indians and a Twins win. This was despite a great day by slugger Carl Yastrzemski. He went two for five with three RBIs and he belted his 43rd homer of the season.
Gary Bell took the loss and he fell to 13-13 on the season. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits in four innings of work.
September 26, 1967 at Metropolitan Stadium
Twins 7 (91-68), Angels 3 (81-75)
The Twins took back sole possession of first place in the American League after they took care of the Angels with two homers from Harmon Killerbrew. The slugger brought his season homer total up to 43 and he finished with three RBIs. Bob Allison also went yard and he scored three runs while for the Angels, Aurelio Rodriguez singled and drove in two runs.
Jim Kaat improved to 16-13 with a nice start. He gave up three runs on five hits and two walks with thirteen strikeouts in the complete game win. Jim McGlothlin dropped to 11-8 and he gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings.
September 25, 1967 at Yankee Stadium
Yankees 2, Tigers 0 (88-69)
The Yankees couldn’t figure out Yankees starter Al Downing as they were shutdown on just four hits. Al Kaline had two of the Tigers four hits and no other Tiger reached base twice.
Earl Wilson fell to 22-11 despite the nice start. He gave up two runs on eight hits and three walks with three strikeouts in seven innings of work.
September 24, 1967 at Municipal Stadium
Angels 2 (80-74), Athletics 1
The Angels scored two runs in the first inning and while that’s all they’d score, it was enough to top the last place Athletics. Buck Rodgers had the big hit with a two run single while Rick Reichardt singled twice and scored one of the two runs.
Clyde Wright gave up one run in five innings and he improved to 5-4. Bobby Locke threw four innings of shutout relief and he picked up his second save of the season.
September 24, 1967 at Cleveland Stadium
White Sox 3 (89-68), Indians 1
The White Sox got a nice team effort from their pitching staff as they passed the Tigers to move into third place in the American League. Cisco Carlos threw two shutout innings to open the game up before Don McMahon threw five solid frames in which he gave up just one run. McMahon earned the win and he improved to 6-2. Bob Locker threw the final 1 2/3 innings and he didn’t allow a run to save his 20th game of the season.
Don Buford singled and he drove in two runs in the win. Ken Boyer had two hits and one of which was a solo homer, his fourth of the season.
September 24, 1967 at D.C. Stadium
Senators 5, Tigers 4 (88-68)
In a game that came back to haunt them, the Tigers blew a two run lead heading into the ninth inning when Fred Lasher and John Hiller combined to give up three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Lasher took the loss and a solid start by Joe Sparma went to waste. He gave up two runs on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts in six innings.
Eddie Mathews had the big day at the plate for the Tigers. He went three for four with a homerun and two RBIs. Jerry Lumpe also belted a homerun and both Al Kaline and Willie Horton had two hits a a piece.
September 24, 1967 at Metropolitan Stadium
Twins 9 (90-67), Yankees 4
Dean Chance got plenty of run support as he picked up his 20th win of the season. In the process, the Twins once again held off the Red Sox and remained in sole possession of first place in the American League. Chance gave up four runs (three earned) on twelve hits with ten strikeouts in the complete game win.
Bob Allison drove in three with three run homer. Harmon Killebrew went three for three with a homerun and two RBIs. The homer was his 41st of the season.
September 24, 1967 at Memorial Stadium
Red Sox 11 (90-68), Orioles 7
You had to have felt for Jim Lonborg in this one. He left the game after six shutout innings and saw the bullpen almost give up the seven run lead he was given. The Red Sox put the nail in the coffin with a four run ninth but this game shouldn’t have been nearly this close.
Lonborg improved to 21-8. He gave up two hits and four walks with six strikeouts. Dan Osinski gave up one run and he got two batters out to pick up his second save of the season.
Dalton Jones had a huge game. He went four for six with a homerun and five RBIs. Jerry Adair and George Scott both had four hits in the game as well.
September 23, 1967 at Municipal Stadium
Angels 3 (79-74), Athletics 2
Rookie Jim Weaver got it done on the mound for the Angels as they took care of the Athletics in a nice win. He gave up just one run on six hits and one walk with five strikeouts in six innings. Minnie Rojas gave up one run in three innings of relief and he picked up his 26th save of the season.
Bubba Morton singled, drove in a run and scored. Bobby Knoop was two for four with a double and an RBI.
September 23, 1967 at Cleveland Stadium
White Sox 8 (88-68), Indians 0
The bad news was the White Sox was, even with a win today, they still stood in fourth place. The good news is, they were just one game back of first place as once again, just a single game seperated first and fourth place. And it was Joe Horlen, who had been fantastic for the White Sox in September who got it done once again. He gave up just three hits and a walk with four strikeouts in the complete game shutout and the win improved his record to 19-6 on the season.
Rocky Colavito had a big day at the plate for the White Sox. He went two for three with four RBIs. Don Buford went three for five with three runs.
September 23, 1967 at Metropolitan Stadium
Yankees 6, Twins 2 (89-67)
The Twins five game winning streak came to an end but with the Red Sox loss, the Twins stayed in sole possession of first place in the American League. Dave Boswell was roughed and he fell to 14-12. He gave up four runs on four hits and six walks with four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.
Carroll Hardy provide the Twins all of their offense with a two run blast. Tony Oliva had the only other extra base hit with his 33rd double of the season.
September 23, 1967 at Memorial Stadium
Orioles 7, Red Sox 5 (89-68)
The Red Sox had a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the American League but they couldn’t take advantage of the Twins loss as their pitchers got knocked around. Lee Stange gave up four runs in three innings and then John Wyatt took the loss when he gave up two runs while he got just one batter out.
Carl Yastrzemski was the hitting star in the loss. He went two for four with two RBIs, two runs and his 42nd homerun of the season.
September 22, 1967 at Cleveland Stadium
Indians 2, White Sox 1 (87-68)
Tony Horton belted a solo homer in the bottom of the twelth inning off of Roger Nelson as the White Sox fell all the way to fourth place in a tough loss. The White Sox scored their lone run in the top of the ninth inning to send the game into extra frames but the pen just couldn’t do the job.
Smoky Burgess singled and drove in the lone White Sox run. Don Buford went two for five with a run. Ken Peters had a tough start go to waste and he gave up one run on six hits and four walks with six strikeouts in six innings of work.
September 22, 1967 at Metropolitan Stadium
Twins 8 (89-66), Yankees 2
Cesar Tovar homered twice and he scored three runs as the Twins won their fifth straight game to move into sole possession of first place. Zoilo Versalles had three hits and one of them was a solo homerun while Harmon Killebrew had two hits, a run and an RBI.
Jim Kaat improved to 15-13 on the season. He gave up two unearned runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts in the complete game win.
September 22, 1967 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 8 (87-67), Senators 3
Earl Wilson picked up his 22nd win of the season as the Tigers took the first game of their doubleheader with the Senators. He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits with seven strikeouts in the complete game win.
Don Wert singled twice, drove in two runs and scored. Bill Freehan went two for four with a walk, a run and an RBI.
September 22, 1967 at D.C. Stadium
Tigers 4 (88-67), Senators 0
The Tigers finished up a sweep of their doubleheader with the Senators and in the process, they picked up a half game on the now first place Twins. Mickey Lolich provided the Tigers with some top notch pitching as he continued his impressive second half. He gave up four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in the complete game shutout. The win improved his record to 12-13 on the season.
Bill Freehan singled twice and drove in two runs. Norm Cash belted a solo homer, his 22nd of the season.
September 22, 1967 at Memorial Stadium
Orioles 10, Red Sox 0 (88-67)
The Red Sox four game winning streak came to an abrupt end as the Orioles demolished Jerry Stephenson and Billy Rohr in a blowout loss. Stephenson dropped to 3-1 and he gave up six runs in 4 1/3 innings while Billy Rohr was tagged for four runs in a single frame.
All the Red Sox could manage was five singles in the loss. Carl Yastrzemski was the only hiitter to reach base twice with a single and a walk.
September 22, 1967 at Memorial Stadium
Red Sox 10 (89-67), Orioles 3
The Red Sox returned the favor to the Orioles and ran up the score as they salvaged a sweep in their doubleheader with the Orioles. Joe Foy doubled twice, singled, drove in two runs and scored a run. Ken Harrelson went three for five with two RBIs and a run.
Jose Santiago improved to 11-4 with the win. He gave up three runs on nine hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in the complete game win.
September 21, 1967 at Metropolitan Stadium
Athletics 4, Twins 0 (88-66)
Jim Merritt pitched the Twins to their fourth straight victory and kept pace with the Red Sox as the two teams remained tied for first place. Merritt gave up just two hits with six strikeouts in the complete game shutout.
Harmon Killebrew belted homerun number 40, a two run shot in the sixth inning. Tony Oliva went two for four and he also went yard with a solo homer.
September 21, 1967 at Cleveland Stadium
Red Sox 6 (88-66), Indians 5
A 6-1 lead turned into a one run game in a hurry as the Red Sox almost let this one slip away from them. Gary Bell ended up with the win and he threw 6 1/3 innings in his start but he gave up four of the five runs that the Indians scored. He improved to 13-12 and he struck out eight.
Mike Andrews was a perfect three for three and he doubled, drove in a run, drew a walk and scored twice. Dalton Jones singled and he drove in two runs in the win.
The Twins won, so once again the Red Sox found themselves tied for first place at the end of the day. With the Tigers and White Sox idle though, they at least put some distance on the other two contenders.
September 20, 1967 at Anaheim Stadium
White Sox 6 (87-67), Angels 4 (78-73)
The White Sox kept up with the other three teams atop the American League behind the big stick of Tommie Agee. He went three for four with his fourteenth homer, three RBIs and two runs. Don Buford singled, drew two walks and scored two runs.
For the Angels, Rick Reichardt went two for four with a solo homerun, The long ball was his sixteenth of the season. Hawk Taylor was the only other hitter with two hits.
Tommy John improved to 10-11 with the win. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts in five innings. Bob Locker gave up one run in four innings and he picked up his 19th save of the season. George Brunet took the loss for the Angels and he fell to 11-18. He gave up four runs without getting a single batter out in an ugly start.
September 20, 1967 at Metropolitan Stadium
Twins 6 (87-66), Athletics 2
Dean Chance improved to 19-12 with an impressive start as the Twins picked up their third straight win to remain tied with the Red Sox for first place in the American League. He gave up just two runs on four hits and a walk with a season high thirteen strikeouts in the complete game win.
Tony Oliva and Bob Allison both went yard for the Twins in the win. Olive and Harmon Killebrew both drove in two runs while Zoilo Versalles singled twice and scored twice.
September 20, 1967 at Tiger Stadium
Tigers 10 (86-67), Yankees 1
The Tigers turned on the offense as they took care of the Yankees but with the three teams in front of them also winning, all the Tigers could do is keep pace with the rest of the top teams. Al Kaline was the hitting star with a big day at the plate. He went three for four with a homerun, two RBIs and two runs while Don Wert homered, drove in two and scored twice.
Joe Sparma improved to 15-9 with the win. He gave up one run on seven hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in the complete game win.
September 20, 1967 at Cleveland Stadium
Red Sox 5 (87-66), Indians 4
The Red Sox kept pace with the Twins with a win over the Indians with some ninth inning heroics. Reggie Smith singled home Carl Yastrzemski to break a 4-4 tie to win it for the Sox.
Yastrzemski was the hitting star in the game. He went four for five and he belted his 41st homer of the season in addition to scoring that winning run. Rico Petrocelli went yard with a two run homer while Mike Andrews belted a solo shot.
Jim Lonborg gave up four runs in seven innings but when he left, the game was tied. John Wyatt gave up just one hit in 1 2/3 innings and he improved to 10-6 with the win.
September 19, 1967 at Anaheim Stadium
White Sox 3 (86-67), Angels 0 (78-72)
Joe Horlen remained one of the hottest pitchers in the month of September as he kept the White Sox in the pennant race. He improved to 18-6 with the six hit shutout. He walked one and struck out six while Jim McGlothlin took the loss for the Angels. He fell to 11-7 and he gave up three runs on six hits with four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Tommy McCraw singled, tripled, drove in a run and scored to lead the White Sox at the plate. For the Angels, Jim Fregosi had the only extra base hit for the Angels with a triple.
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