Harmon Killebrew Nails 44 Homers
Harmon Killebrew tied Carl Yastrzemski for the American League home-run crown in 1967 with 44 and came in third in the circuit with a .413 OBP (despite hitting just .269). Three years earlier, Killebrew had led the junior loop with 49 homer yet collected only 61 extra-base hits (one triple and 11 doubles).
Mike McCormick Nabs Cy Young Award
Signed for a large bonus by the Giants while they were still in New York, Mike McCormick made his major league debut in 1956 when he was just 17. Traded back to the Giants in 1967 by Washington, McCormick went 22-10 with five shutouts and a 2.85 ERA to unexpectedly snare the Cy Young Award.
Lew Burdette Winds Up Career in Pen
Lew Burdette ended his career in 1967 as he began it 17 years earlier -- in the bullpen. His 203rd and last victory came as a reliever with the Angels. Burdette, one of the few 200-game winners who gave up more than a hit an inning, seemed an unlikely stopper but was actually quite successful.
Bill Mazeroski Nabs Every Ball in Sight
In his early teens, Bill Mazeroski was a shortstop. He never played a single inning at that position in the majors, however. Mazeroski's fielding prowess as a second baseman was such that batters despaired when they hit anywhere near him. In 1967, he accepted 158 more chances than any other second sacker in the National League.
Lou Brock Scores in Series
Lou Brock scored the Cardinals' first run in game six of the 1967 World Series. The Red Sox catcher was Elston Howard. Brock scored eight runs in the event, batting .414 and stealing seven bases. Howard was behind the plate in all seven contests, despite hitting a meager .147 after joining Boston in August. He replaced Mike Ryan, who hit .199 during the regular season.
Tony Perez Stars at Third
To free a spot for Tony Perez in 1967, the Reds moved Pete Rose to left field and switched Tommy Helms to second base, Rose's former position. The shift paid immediate dividends. Perez knocked home 102 runs to lead all third basemen and nailed 26 homers to top the Reds that season.
Tony Conigliaro Beaned
Tony Conigliaro had a .287 average and 20 home runs when he was struck by a pitch thrown by Jack Hamilton of the Angels in mid-August 1967. His place was taken by Jose Tartabull, who averaged .223 and didn't hit a single homer all season.
Carl Yastrzemski Hits Home Run in Game Two
Carl Yastrzemski unloaded his second home run in game two of the 1967 World Series. The Cardinal catcher was Tim McCarver. Yaz's clout came in the seventh and cemented the 5-0 win for pitcher Jim Lonborg. Boston clubbed a total of eight homers in the tournament, including a dinger by pitcher Jose Santiago in his first Series at-bat.
Injured Bob Gibson Stars in Series
Shelved for much of the season due to a broken leg, Bob Gibson acquired just 13 wins in 1967. In 1966, he had been the first pitcher since the end of the dead-ball era to win 20 games two years in a row for a second-division team. Gibson more than made up for the 1967 season in the World Series, collecting a 1.00 ERA, and 26 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched.
Additional highlights from the 1967 baseball season are on the next page.
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