Saturday, August 4, 2012
The 1967 Red Sox
Jim Lonborg led the team with a 22-9 record in 39 starts, including 15 complete games and 246 strikeouts. He was 2-1 in 3 World Series starts. Lee Stange went 8-10 in 24 starts and 11 relief appearances. He was with the team for the entire season, but didn't join the rotation until early June. Gary Bell won 12 and lost 8 after his June 4th acquisition from Cleveland. Dennis Bennett was 4-3 in 11 starts before he was shipped out to the Mets in late June.
The outfield was manned by triple-crown winner Carl Yastrzemski, rookie Reggie Smith, and slugger Tony Conigliaro. Tony was beaned in late August, and missed the remainder of the season, and all of 1968.
George Thomas was the 5th outfielder, playing mostly on the corners. Ken Harrelson was signed in late August (after his release by Kansas City) to replace Conigliaro in right field. Bob Tillman began the season as the team's backup catcher, but with the emergence of Gibson and the acquisition of Howard, Tillman was expendable, and was shipped to the Yankees days after Howard's arrival.
Veteran Norm Siebern was picked up on July 15th, and provided lefthanded pinch-hitting. Don Demeter and 1st baseman Tony Horton were traded to the Indians in early June for pitcher Gary Bell.
[Tony Horton photo courtesy of http://www.ootpdevelopments.com] Jim Landis was signed in mid-August to replace Conigliaro, but was released a week later.
Transactions from the end of the 1966 season to the end of 1967:
10/13/66 - Traded pitcher Bill Monbouquette to the Tigers for George Smith and George Thomas.
10/17/66 - Sold pitcher Bill Short to the Pirates.
10/21/66 - Released shortstop Eddie Kasko and outfielder Lenny Green.
11/28/66 - Drafted Bill Landis from the Athletics in the rule 5 draft.
12/15/66 - Traded pitchers Dick Stigman and Rollie Sheldon to the Reds for Hank Fischer.
06/02/67 - Traded Don McMahon to the White Sox for Jerry Adair.
06/04/67 - Traded Don Demeter and Tony Horton to the Indians for Gary Bell.
06/24/67 - Sold Dennis Bennett to the New York Mets.
07/15/67 - Purchased Norm Siebern from the Giants.
08/03/67 - Traded pitcher Ron Klimkowski to the Yankees for Elston Howard.
08/08/67 - Sold Bob Tillman to the Yankees.
08/22/67 - Signed Jim Landis as a free agent.
08/28/67 - Signed Ken Harrelson as a free agent; released Jim Landis.
09/01/67 - Released pitcher Pete Charton.
11/30/67 - Traded outfielder Bill Schlesinger to the Cubs for pitcher Ray Culp.
12/15/67 - Traded Mike Ryan to the Phillies for Dick Ellsworth and Gene Oliver.
Next team review: Atlanta Braves