The 1967 World Series matched the St. Louis Cardinals against the Boston Red Sox, with the Cardinals winning in seven games for their second championship in four years and their eighth overall. The Series was played from October 4 to October 12 in Fenway Park and Busch Stadium
The "Impossible Dream" Red Sox were led by triple crown winner and future Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, who won the Most Valuable Player award for his 1967 performance. Their pitching staff was anchored by Cy Young Award winner Jim Lonborg. The Red Sox reached the World Series by emerging victorious from a dramatic four-team pennant race that revitalized interest in the Red Sox after eight straight losing seasons.
The Cardinals won 101 games en route to the National League pennant, with a team featuring All-Stars Orlando Cepeda, Lou Brock, Tim McCarver, and 1964 World Series MVP Bob Gibson, as well as Roger Maris and Curt Flood. 22 year-old Steve Carlton won 14 games in his first full major league season, beginning what was to be a lengthy career. In time, he would join Cepeda, Gibson, and Brock in baseball's Hall of Fame.
Pitching dominated this World Series, with Bob Gibson leading the Cardinals. Lonborg pitched the decisive final game of the regular season, so he was unable to start Game 1. Gibson cemented his reputation as an unhittable postseason pitcher in this series, allowing only three total runs over three complete games. His efforts allowed the Cardinals to triumph despite the batting of Yastrzemski (.500 OBP, .840 SLG), and pitching of Lonborg, who allowed only one run in each of his complete-game wins in Games 2 and 5.
The decisive Game 7 featured Gibson and Lonborg facing each other for the first time in the series, but Lonborg was starting on only two days' rest, and was unable to compete with Gibson, who only allowed three hits over the course of a complete game. The final score was 7-2, in favor of the Cardinals.
Series MVP: Bob Gibson (St. Louis)
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