“We’ll win more than we lose,” Dick Williams, 1967.
Long before the days of trash-talking superstars or social media rants, athletes and especially managers were given to humility – at least when it came to dealing with the press. So when Williams took over the sagging Red Sox in 1967 and offered that bold prediction, it came as a shock since the team was 100-1 to win the pennant. It was the first sign that the ’67 Impossible Dream season would be different – a dream come true for Red Sox fans. Their team had not finished over .500 since 1958. Williams put pressure on himself and his team and they responded. The dream ended with a Game 7 loss to Bob Gibson and the Cardinals in the World Series. But the modern-day resurgence of the Red Sox had begun.