News, Notes and Historical Information on the St. Louis Cardinals
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October 12, 1967 at Fenway Park
Cardinals 7, Red Sox 2
Cardinals Win Best of Seven Game Series 4-3
The Cardinals saved their best for last as they dismantled the Red Sox and their ace, Jim Lonborg. And to add to the high powered offense in the game, Bob Gibson gave up just a pair of runs on only three hits to win his third game of the series.
The Cardinals got things going in the third inning. Dal Maxvill led off with a triple and it looked like he might be stranded there because Bob Gibson lined out to third and then Lou Brock popped up to second base but Curt Flood finally got the job done and singled home Maxvill. Roger Maris kept things going with a single and Flood moved to third before Jim Lonborg threw a wild pitch that scored Flood to make it 2-0.
The Cardinals struck again in the fifth inning. Maxvill grounded out before Bob Gibson helped out his own cause with a solo blast. Lou Brock followed that with a single and he stole second and third base. He stole third base on Curt Flood’s walk. Then Roger Maris flew out but it was far enough to bring home Brock to make it 4-0.
The Red Sox finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. George Scott tripled and he ended up scoring on the play because of an error by Julian Javier. It was 4-1 and that was the closest it’d be the rest of the game.
The Cardinals broke the game open in the sixth. Tim McCarver led off with a double and then Mike Shannon reached first on an error. Then Julian Javier came up huge with a three run blast that gave the Cards a 7-1 lead.
The Red Sox added a run in the eighth inning but by then, the game and the series was essentially decided. Bob Gibson picked up his third win of the series and just like in 1964, he walked away with the World Series MVP honors. He finished this game with ten strikeouts and he finished with 26 strikeouts in the three complete games with an ERA of just 1.00. And it was just as impressive that he pitched the Cardinals to three of their four wins.
October 11, 1967 at Fenway Park
Red Sox 8, Cardinals 4
Best of Seven Game Series Tied 3-3
Three different pitchers were knocked around by the Red Sox as the Cardinals would now have to play a winner take all game seven. Dick Hughes was knocked around for four runs and while the Cardinals came back to tie it at 4-4, Jack Lamabe and Joe Hoerner gave up a pair of runs a piece as the Red Sox busted the game open with a four run seventh inning.
Lou Brock was the hitting star in the loss and he played a role in all four Cardinals runs. He went two for five with a homerun, three RBIs and two runs. Curt Flood singled and drove in a run while Roger Maris reached base twice with two singles and a walk.
All four of the runs that Hughes gave up came on four different solo homers. Lamabe took the loss as he gave up the runs that broke the 4-4 tie.
October 9, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Red Sox 3, Cardinals 1
Cardinals Lead Best of Seven Game Series 3-2
The Cardinals failed to lock up the World Series as once again Jim Lonborg held the Cardinals’ hitters in check. It wasn’t as bad as the one hit shutout he threw in game two, but the Cardinals managed just a run on three hits. Roger Maris had two of the three hits and he drove in the lone run with a solo homer in the ninth inning.
Steve Carlton threw a nice game but it wasn’t enough. He gave up just one unearned run on three hits and two walks with five strikeouts in six innings. Ron Willis was tagged for two runs without getting a single batter out but Carlton took the loss because he gave up the earlier run.
Game six would shift the stage back to Fenway Park. The Red Sox still had a tough task with the need to win two straight but they’d at least get to do it at home.
October 8, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 6, Red Sox 0
Cardinals Lead Best of Seven Game Series 3-1
The Cardinals took a commanding three games to one lead over the Red Sox behind one of Bob Gibson’s best starts of the season. He yielded just five hits (four singles and a double) and he walked one with six strikeouts as he complete shut down the Red Sox lineup.
The Cardinals did all of their damage early. They tagged Jose Santiago for four runs in the very first inning. Lou Brock led off with a single and Curt Flood followed him with a single of his own. Roger Maris then doubled home both baserunners to make it 2-0. Im McCarver singled Maris home for a third run and then Del Maxvill singled home McCarver to make it 4-0.
The Cardinals scored two more in the third and that was all either team would score the rest of the game. Julian Javier and Lou Brock both finished with two hits a piece and McCarver and Maris both drove in two runs in the game.
October 7, 1967 at Busch Stadium
Cardinals 5, Red Sox 2
Cardinals Lead Best of Seven Game Series 2-1
The Cardinals once again took the lead in the 1967 World Series as the scene shifted to St. Louis. Nelson Briles held the Red Sox hitters in check while and a two run homer by Mike Shannon turned out to be the difference.
The Cardinals didn’t waste any time against Red Sox Gary Bell. Curt Flood singled home Lou Brock in the first to give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead and then Mike Shannon hit the two run homer in the third inning. The Red Sox finally put a run on the board in the top of the sixth but the Cardinals answered in the bottom half of the frame with a Roger Maris RBI single that scored Brock. Each team scored another run but at this point the game was over.
Briles went the distance and he gave up two runs on seven hits with four strikeouts. Brock scored the two runs while Roger Maris went two for four with a run and an RBI.
October 5, 1967 at Fenway Park Best of Seven Game Series Tied 1-1
Red Sox 5, Cardinals 0
Best of Seven Game Series Tied 1-1
Jim Lonborg was hands down the best pitcher in the American League as is indicated by his near unanimous choice as the Cy Young winner. His hot pitching also seemed to extend into the World Series because he pitched the Red Sox to a 1-1 tie in their series with the Cardinals. Julian Javier broke up Lonborg’s no hitter in the eighth inning with a single. The only other baserunner the Cardinals could manage was a walk by Curt Flood in the seventh inning.
Carl Yastrzemski tagged both Dick Hughes and Joe Hoerner for homeruns. Hughes took the loss despite a decent outing. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Willis was touched up for two runs in the seventh and then Hoerner was tagged for one.
The scene would now shift to St. Louis. Game three would be in two days.
October 4, 1967 at Fenway Park
Cardinals 2, Red Sox 1
Cardinals Lead Best of Seven Series 1-0
Bob Gibson outpitched Jose Santiago as the 1967 World Series kicked off. He held the Red Sox to just a single run on six hits and a walk with an impressive ten strikeouts in the complete game win.
The Cardinals got on the board first in the top of third and afte Lou Brock singled, he then moved to third on Curt Flood’s double. Then Brock scored on Roger Maris’ ground out to make it 1-0.
The only blemish against Gibson came in the bottom of the third. The losing pitcher, Santiago, tried to help out his own cause with a solo homer to make it 1-1. The game winner then came in the seventh inning. Lou Brock picked up his fourth hit of the day with a single and he moved to second on his second stolen base of the game. He moved to third on Curt Flood’s ground out before he scored on another ground out by Roger Maris.
Brock finished the game four for four with a walk and he scored both runs. Roger Maris had a single but he drove in both runs on ground outs.
October 1, 1967 at Atlanta Stadium
Cardinals 5, Braves 2 (101-60)
The Cardinals headed into their World Series showdown with the Boston Red Sox with a three game winning streak after a solid start by Nelson Briles. He gave up two runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in eight innings. Jack Lamabe pitched a shutout ninth and he earned his fifth save of the season.
Curt Flood went three for three with a double, two RBIs and a run. Roger Maris tripled and he drove in three runs.
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