1967 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1967 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 86th season in St. Louis, Missouri, its 76th season in the National League, and its first full season at Busch Memorial Stadium. Gussie Busch hired former outfielder Stan Musial as general manager before the season. Featuring four future Hall of Famers in Lou Brock, Bob Gibson, Steve Carlton and Orlando Cepeda, "El Birdos" went 101–60 during the season and won the NL pennant by 10½ games over the San Francisco Giants. They went on to win the 1967 World Series in seven games over the Boston Red Sox.

1967 St. Louis Cardinals
1967 World Series Champions
National League champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record101–60 (.627)
League place1st
Other information
Owner(s)August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s)Stan Musial
Manager(s)Red Schoendienst
Local televisionKSD-TV
Local radioKMOX
(Harry Caray, Jack Buck, Jerry Gross)
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Offseason

Regular season

First baseman Orlando Cepeda won the MVP Award this year, batting .325, with 25 home runs and 111 RBIs. He was the first unanimous selection (all 20 first-place votes for 280 points) for the award in the history of the National League.[3] Catcher Tim McCarver was second in the MVP voting for 136 points.[4] Pitcher Bob Gibson and outfielder Curt Flood won Gold Gloves this year.

Flood, whose record streak of 568 consecutive chances in the field without an error ended June 4 when he dropped a fly ball, returned to regular play in late July. His 227-game string had begun September 3, 1965. Once back in the lineup, he batted .373 the rest of the season, finishing fourth in the league at .335.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 10160 0.627 49–32 52–28
San Francisco Giants 9171 0.562 10½ 51–31 40–40
Chicago Cubs 8774 0.540 14 49–34 38–40
Cincinnati Reds 8775 0.537 14½ 49–32 38–43
Philadelphia Phillies 8280 0.506 19½ 45–35 37–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 8181 0.500 20½ 49–32 32–49
Atlanta Braves 7785 0.475 24½ 48–33 29–52
Los Angeles Dodgers 7389 0.451 28½ 42–39 31–50
Houston Astros 6993 0.426 32½ 46–35 23–58
New York Mets 61101 0.377 40½ 36–42 25–59

Record vs. opponents


Sources:
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD NYM PHI PIT SF STL
Atlanta 11–75–1311–78–108–1010–88–1010–86–12
Chicago 7–1112–68–109–913–511–711–7–110–86–11
Cincinnati 13–56–1215–38–1012–610–810–88–105–13
Houston 7–1110–83–1510–811–77–119–96–126–12
Los Angeles 10–89–910–88–1012–66–127–115–136–12
New York 10–85–136–127–116–124–1411–75–137–11
Philadelphia 8-107–118–1011–712–614–48–108–106–12
Pittsburgh 10–87–11–18–109–911–77–1110–88–1011–7
San Francisco 8–108–1010–812–613–513–510–810–87–11
St. Louis 12–611–613–512–612–611–712–67–1111–7

Notable transactions

  • April 1, 1967: Art Mahaffey, Jerry Buchek and Tony Martínez were traded by the Cardinals to the New York Mets for Eddie Bressoud, Danny Napoleon, and cash.[5]
  • June 6, 1967: Ted Simmons was drafted by the Cardinals in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 1967 Major League Baseball Draft.[6]

Roster

1967 St. Louis Cardinals roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

  • 22 Ted Savage
Manager

Coaches

May 17, 2017. Players reunite 50 years after their Championship Season.(Pictured from left to right) Dick Hughes, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Tim McCarver, Julian Javier, Mike Shannon, Lou Brock, Red Schoendienst, Ray Washburn, Larry Jaster, Ted Savage, Ed Spiezio, Bob Gibson, Bobby Tolan.

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CTim McCarver138471139.2951469
1BOrlando Cepeda151563183.32525111
2BJulián Javier140520146.2811464
3BMike Shannon130482118.2451277
SSDal Maxvill152476108.227141
LFLou Brock159689206.2992176
CFCurt Flood134514172.335550
RFRoger Maris125410107.261955

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Bobby Tolan11026567.253632
Phil Gagliano7321748.221221
Alex Johnson8117539.223112
Ed Spezio5510522.210310
Dave Ricketts529927.273114
Eddie Bressoud52679.13411
Johnny Romano24587.12102
Ted Savage981.12500
Steve Huntz361.16700
Jimy Williams120.00000

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dick Hughes37222.11662.67161
Steve Carlton30193.01492.98168
Ray Washburn27186.11073.5398
Bob Gibson24175.11372.98147
Larry Jaster34152.1973.0187

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Nelson Briles49155.11452.4394
Al Jackson38107.0943.9543
Jim Cosman1031.1103.1611
Mike Torrez35.2013.185

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Joe Hoerner5744152.5950
Ron Willis6565102.6742
Hal Woodeshick362125.1820
Jack Lamabe233442.8330

1967 World Series

St. Louis defeated the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, bursting "The Impossible Dream" bubble of the latter team, which had won their first pennant in 21 years on the last day of the season. Bob Gibson won Games 1, 4 and 7 in the Series and was named Series MVP for a second time. Nelson Briles won Game 3. Gibson came back from a broken leg during the season to accomplish his incredible World Series performance. KMOX radio awarded Lou Brock a car for his superb play (12–29 .414 with a record-tying 7 stolen bases) in the Series.

NL St. Louis Cardinals (4) vs. AL Boston Red Sox (3)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1Cardinals – 2, Red Sox – 1October 4Fenway Park34,7962:22
2Cardinals – 0, Red Sox – 5October 5Fenway Park35,1882:24
3Red Sox – 2, Cardinals – 5October 7Busch Memorial Stadium54,5752:15
4Red Sox – 0, Cardinals – 6October 8Busch Memorial Stadium54,5752:05
5Red Sox – 3, Cardinals – 1October 9Busch Memorial Stadium54,5752:20
6Cardinals – 4, Red Sox – 8October 11Fenway Park35,1882:48
7Cardinals – 7, Red Sox – 2October 12Fenway Park35,1882:23

Despite winning a World Series in his first season as general manager, Musial stepped down, citing that he did not think the occupation was right for him, making it his only season as GM. He worked in other capacities in the Cardinals front office until 1980. Busch rehired Bing Devine after Musial's resignation.

Awards and honors

Farm system

References

  1. Charley Smith page at Baseball Reference
  2. Walt Williams page at Baseball Reference
  3. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 153, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  4. 1967 MVP Award voting
  5. Art Mahaffey page at Baseball Reference
  6. Ted Simmons page at Baseball Reference
  7. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007
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