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The "Impossible Dream" Team

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1967!

During the team’s first winning season since 1958, the Boston Red Sox shocked all of New England and the rest of the baseball world by reaching the World Series for the first time since 1946.

The Red Sox forged a 10-game, midseason winning streak and the 1967 Red Sox season became known as “The Impossible Dream”. The fans grew excited again and started flocking to Fenway Park. Over the season’s final six weeks, the Red Sox never led or trailed by more than 1½ games. Three teams were still in the pennant race during their final game. When that day was over, the Red Sox had become the first and only team in major-league history to rise from ninth place to league champions.

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What makes “The Impossible Dream” so vivid 50 years after the Boston Red Sox won the American League pennant in 1967 is that it was so shocking, so preposterous, so absolutely unimaginable— yet in a positive way that had us exclaiming “Wow!” instead of “Why?”

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How could a band of very young and inexperienced ballplayers— playing for a team that hadn’t had a winning season in eight years, had lost 100 games two years earlier, and then finished 26 games out of first place and a half-game out of the cellar the following year— turn their fortunes around so dramatically and win the pennant?

It’s All About Teamwork

Led by 1967 MVP Carl Yastrzemski and Boston’s first Cy Young Award winner, Jim Lonborg, our 1967 Sox were the youngest Red Sox team since the days of Babe Ruth. We went from ninth to first place in what remains the closest pennant race in baseball history. Tony Conigliaro, George Scott, Reggie Smith, Billy Rohr, Jerry Adair, me, and our teammates became household names to the Fenway Faithful as they carried the Red Sox to our first World Series in 21 years under manager Dick Williams.

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Stats

Manager Dick Williams moved our Red Sox from a ninth-place finish in 1966, helping us overcome 100-to-1 odds in winning the pennant and coming within one win of a World Series upset over the Cardinals.

games won

Moved from 9th place to finish first in American League

runs scored

Up from 655 runs scored in 1966 and better than the 611 scored in 1968

season attendance

Average per game attendance at Fenway Park in 1967— 21,331, a team record at the time, and more than double the 10,014 per game in 1966

chances of winning

The Boston Red Sox hadn’t had a winning team since 1958, and they’d finished in ninth place in 1966, just a half-game ahead of the last-place Yankees

season attendance

Average per game attendance at Fenway Park in 1967— 21,331, a team record at the time, and more than double the 10,014 per game in 1966

chances of winning

The Boston Red Sox hadn’t had a winning team since 1958, and they’d finished in ninth place in 1966, just a half-game ahead of the last-place Yankees

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