GOTW: 9.19.1967

Tuesday September 19, 1967
Municipal Stadium
Kansas City, MO

Minnesota Twins (85-66) @ Kansas City A’s (59-90)

The American League pennant race in 1967 was about as exciting as baseball gets down the stretch, and the Twins were right in the thick of things. Before play on Tuesday September 19, the AL standings looked like this:

AL      W   L    GB      WP      RS      RA
MIN    85  66     -     .563    617     546
DET    85  66     -     .563    632     552
BOS    85  66     -     .563    667     557
CHW    85  67   0.5     .559    505     466
CAL    78  71   6.0     .523    520     540
WSA    70  79  14.0     .470    517     599
CLE    71  81  14.5     .467    531     578
BAL    68  81  16.0     .456    598     548
NYY    66  85  19.0     .437    493     578
KCA    59  90  25.0     .396    504     620

Just a half game separated the top four teams. Tuesday’s games included a battle between two of those four team with Boston in Detroit, while the White Sox were in California.

The Twins were fortunate to have a rare, four-game home-and-home series against the worst team in the league. Minnesota had won the first game on Monday 2-0 in Kansas City. After Tuesday’s game, the teams would head to the Met for two more games to complete the season series, a series that the A’s led 7-8.

   Minnesota Twins               Kansas City Athletics                
1. Z Versalles          SS    1. B Campaneris         SS
2. C Tovar              3B    2. J Donaldson          2B
3. H Killebrew          1B    3. R Jackson            RF
4. T Oliva              RF    4. R Webster            1B
5. B Allison            LF    5. M Hershberger        LF
6. R Carew              2B    6. S Bando              3B
7. T Uhlaender          CF    7. J Gosger             CF
8. J Zimmerman          C     8. D Duncan             C
9. D Boswell            P     9. J Nash               P

Though Twins’ starter Dave Boswell was 13-11 on the season with a 3.07 ERA, he was coming off one of his worst starts of the season, a September 15th game against the White Sox in which he left in the second inning after allowing four hits and two walks in that frame.

The Twins’ offense gave Boswell some help right away, scoring a run in each of the first three innings. In this first, a Tony Oliva double knocked in the run. Rod Carew’s lead off triple was the biggest hit of the second inning, while Harmon Killebrew’s double helped create the run in the third.

The A’s stayed with the Twins for the first few innings my manufacturing a couple of runs of their own. In fact, the team scored a run in the first without the benefit of a base hit. Bert Campaneris’ lead off walk eventually led to him scoring on a wild pitch. In the third, Campaneris did his thing again, turning a lead off single into another run that scored without the benefit of an RBI hit, this time scoring on a ground out.

Despite the runs, Boswell was pitching pretty well save a couple of walks and a pair of wild pitches. Through three innings, he had allowed just two hits. The Twins, on the other hand, had six hits through three innings, four of which were of the extra-base variety. Still, the Twins only led by a single run.

That changed in the fifth when another extra-base hit, this time a Bob Allison double, scored the Twins’ fourth run of the game. Four runs in the top of the seventh, three of which were unearned, all but put the game away for the Twins. Boswell didn’t allow a hit after the third, and held the A’s to just two runs on two hits over his complete game victory.

Stars of the Game
1. Dave Boswell MIN 9 IP 2 H 2 R
2. Bob Allison MIN 3-for-5, R, 2 RBI
3. Bert Campaneris KC 1-for-2, 2 BB, 2R, SB

Box

Boston scored three in the top of the ninth inning to come from behind to defeat the Tigers, 4-2. The loss dropped the Tigers from a tied for first place into fourth in the AL thanks to a 3-0 White Sox win over the Angels. The standings after Tuesday’s games:

AL      W   L    GB      WP      RS      RA
MIN    86  66     -     .566    625     548
BOS    86  66     -     .566    671     559
CHW    86  67   0.5     .562    508     466
DET    85  67   1.0     .559    634     556
CAL    78  72   7.0     .520    520     543
CLE    72  81  14.5     .471    533     578
WSA    70  80  15.0     .467    517     601
BAL    69  81  16.0     .460    601     548
NYY    66  86  20.0     .434    493     581
KCA    59  91  26.0     .393    506     628

The race continued down the wire until, of course, the Red Sox defeated the Twins on the last day of the season to take the pennant.

Born 9/19
Scott Baker (1981)
Javier Valentin (1975)
Pedro Munoz (1968)
Larry Schlafly (1878)

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3 Responses to GOTW: 9.19.1967

  1. Blake says:

    A few days late seeing this post Scot, but have you read, “Down to the Wire”? A great look at the 1967 pennant race.

  2. Scot says:

    I have not read it, sounds interesting though. I’ll put it on my list.

  3. Blake says:

    A definite must. If you want, I can send it to you….but you have to send it back. We’ll make it a trans-continental book trade. I send you one…you send me one!

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