1967 World Series: Red Sox vs. Cardinals
The Red Sox 1967 season is remembered as the “Impossible Dream.” The Red Sox had not had a winning record in almost 10 years, and were just two years removed from losing 100 games. Needless to say, heading into 1967, not much was expected from the Red Sox. But Boston proved everyone wrong in 1967, winning games in the most electric fashion, garnering the nickname “The Cardiac Kids.”
Even a devastating injury to local hero Tony Conigliaro – he was hit in the eye by a pitch – could not stop the Red Sox as they rallied around their fallen teammate in an epic final month of the year that saw four teams gunning for the American League title, with Carl Yastrzemski leading the charge for Boston. Yaz won the Triple Crown and AL MVP that year.
One game behind the Minnesota Twins with a two-game series against them remaining, the Red Sox swept the set and won the pennant, with Yastrzemski going 7 for 8 with 6 RBIs in the series. The Cardinals had a much easier path to the NL pennant, winning 101 games and finishing 10.5 games over the second place San Francisco Giants.
In the World Series, Bob Gibson and the Cardinals won Game 1 in Boston 2-1, but the Sox came back to tie the series with a 5-0 win in Game 2. The Cardinals took Games 3 and 4 when the series went to St. Louis to take a commanding 3-1 lead, but the Red Sox would not go down quietly. The Sox won Game 5, then broke a 4-4 tie in the seventh inning of Game 6 to win and force a Game 7.
But the “Impossible Dream” would fall just short, as the Cardinals went on to win Game 7 by a score of 7-2. Bob Gibson, who won three complete games and allowed just three runs, was named World Series MVP.