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    Anyone remember the 1967 pennant race?

    Anyone remember the 1967 pennant race? The Twins lost the last 3 games of the season including the last 2 to the pennant winning Red Sox. It was nearly a 3way tie with Tigers losing by a game tying the Twins for 2nd place.

    This is had to be a heart wrenching loss coming close to 2 WS in 3 years. I read somewhere that Denny McClain had gamblers break one of his toes near the end of the season and he missed his last start with the Tigers losing by a game.

    I know Yaz went wild at the end of the season to win the triple crown.

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    I do indeed remember. That was the first season I started following baseball. I mostly recall Yaz and Lonborg vs. Brock and Gibson.

    And the arrival of one Rod Carew.
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    I remember...sigh...Maybe you'd like to give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon on it now too.
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    I do indeed remember. That was the first season I started following baseball. I mostly recall Yaz and Lonborg vs. Brock and Gibson.

    And the arrival of one Rod Carew.
    Me, too! I was in New Jersey following along with my brother who had decided some years earlier to become a Twins fan (he defected as an adult when he moved to Red Sox country, but since he always wears a David Ortiz jersey, I can’t really give him too hard a time). Even at age 10, I realized that I had stumbled into the greatest pennant race in history, so, yes, I stayed hooked on baseball. Sure was disappointed, but I didn’t watch the last game. We went out hiking on a family outing on the last day of the season, and a waiter at a Howard Johnson’s told us the bad news. When my mom brought something called “Yaz bread” into the house, we refused to eat it.

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    You are in luck. I recently came upon this youtube of Minnesota at Boston on September 30, 1967, the complete game. Apparently this is the oldest complete broadcast available in color. Great Twins line-up. Enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cze3fMSa84w

    Oh how i miss the clean green field free of ads.
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    My dad was 4

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    Quote Originally Posted by Twins Twerp View Post
    My dad was 4
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    Big 20 win year for Dean Chance, who was one of the worst pitchers once he came up to bat. The Twins also had Jim Kaat who was one of the best pitchers in the batter's box. The best commercial from that era had the Hamm's Bear attempting to shag a few fly balls - watch it all, trust me.

    Darn it - I can't find a link that works - Just search youtube for - Hamm's Beer Commercial Bear Baseball - Watch the one with the guy sitting at the bar watching the TV
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    Thanks tank, I'd like this thread to reach 200

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    The theme song for the Red Sox was "Impossible Dream". They had been second division for years and went from something like 8th to win. It was a great four-team race (White Sox were there until the last couple days) and pitchers were dominant. I believe the Tigers had a doubleheader on the last day and split when they knew they needed a sweep to tie. The Twins had two games in Boston and needed to split to eliminate the Red Sox, but lost both. Killebrew tied Yaz in homers and had a fine year (.965 OPS). Oliva and Carew were great, Tony in mid-career and Carew a rookie. Carew missed games with some military obligation. Earl Battey played his last year and was a shadow of his All-Star self. Russ Nixon and Jerry Zimmerman combined to hit less that .200 as his replacements--maybe Calvin should have spent a few shekels to acquire a catcher! Calvin fired Sam Mele after 50 games and Cal Ermer was a popular replacement. I was heartbroken that the Twins couldn't win a game in Boston.

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    We had at least 8 tickets to the World Series. It was a total bummer they just couldn't put it away.

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    I remember vividly. We had a great team, and needed to win one game out of the last three. I was a kid living on the east coast and couldn't imagine that we would lose all three. And of course back then there were no playoff games, so it was win one and head for the WS. So I started telling everyone that the Twins would smoke the Cardinals in the world series. I ended up taking mammoth amounts of abuse. And for years, I hated the Red Sox.

    But I got a small measure of revenge. THe Sox had to use their ace, Jim Lonborg, in the final game to beat us. So he wasn't available for the frist game of the series. GIbson was. Gibson pitched 3 games, each on 3 days rest (standard at the time.) Lonborg also pitched 3, but the last , game 7 was on 2 days rest. GIbson was his usual self ("Bob Gibson is the luckiest pitcher I ever saw. He always pitches when the other team doesn't score any runs." - Former Cardinal Catcher Tim McCarver) but Lonborg wasn't and the Sox lost game 7. So I reasoned that the Twins had indirectly made the Sox lose the series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeypaws View Post
    You are in luck. I recently came upon this youtube of Minnesota at Boston on September 30, 1967, the complete game. Apparently this is the oldest complete broadcast available in color. Great Twins line-up. Enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cze3fMSa84w

    Oh how i miss the clean green field free of ads.
    I decided to watch this last week, after reading half a dozen or so articles about the '67 season.

    Despite how it ended, that would have been a pretty fantastic season of baseball to take in.

    Shame that I was -11 at the time, my memory isn't what it used to be.
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    A great topic of discussion now, but I can't imagine what the disappointment must have been like.

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    Great thread! If only the Twins could have gotten more out of having the bases loaded in the first inning of that game against the Red Sox...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hosken Bombo Disco View Post
    A great topic of discussion now, but I can't imagine what the disappointment must have been like.
    Well, it was sorta like getting a big paper cut and having some jerk pour lemon it it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hosken Bombo Disco View Post
    A great topic of discussion now, but I can't imagine what the disappointment must have been like.
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    We had at least 8 tickets to the World Series. It was a total bummer they just couldn't put it away.
    I first saw the Hall of Fame Museum in Cooperstown in 1972. Then it was more like someone’s attic, a real, wonderful hodgepodge of memorabilia. I walked by a case and did a double take when I saw a ticket “World Series 1967 Twins vs. Cardinals.” So the tickets to the World Series That Never Was made it to Cooperstown. 1987 was charming for a host of reasons, but I also thought of it as the World Series that I waited 20 years to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monkeypaws View Post
    You are in luck. I recently came upon this youtube of Minnesota at Boston on September 30, 1967, the complete game. Apparently this is the oldest complete broadcast available in color. Great Twins line-up. Enjoy!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cze3fMSa84w

    Oh how i miss the clean green field free of ads.
    Thanks. I did start watching on my old clunky work computer (after hours, of course ). I had only gotten to the second batter (interesting to see superman Yaz sort of bobble the ball) when my computer spontaneously started shutting down, step by step. My hands were nowhere near the mouse or the keyboard. It didn’t just “End Program” or “logoff,” it actually shut completely down—something I never do—all by itself. Obviously this is too painful even for my computer.

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