1967: American League champions
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, when 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. Carl Yastrzemski led the charge with a Triple Crown and AL MVP season.
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.
After the amazing league title, the Red Sox could not cap off the season with a championship, as they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in a seven game World Series that saw St. Louis’ Bob Gibson win three games.