For an entire generation of New England baseball fans, 1967 will always be remembered as the season when a plucky Red Sox team defied the odds and reinvigorated Fenway Park. On the final day of the regular season, the team clinched the American League pennant in climactic fashion at the ballpark.

The Red Sox

Record: 92-70, 1st in American League
Manager: Richard H. Williams
Attendance: 1,727,832
Postseason: Played in World Series

New manager Dick Williams left no doubt about who would be running the 1967 Red Sox. Taking away Carl Yastrzemski's team captain status, Williams declared, "There will be no captains on this team." He then added the famous words, "We will win more than we lose."

The fans at Fenway Park didn't hold the same faith. On Opening Day in 1967, just 8,324 fans watched Jim Lonborg beat Chicago, 4-3.

During spring training, Tony Conigliaro's left shoulder blade was broken by a batting-practice pitch and just four days later, George Scott suffered a concussion when he crashed into the concrete outfield wall at the team's Winter Haven ballpark.

An early season victory by Billy Rohr, who held New York hitless through 8? innings in his big league debut at Yankee Stadium, was an early sign that this could be a special season.

Passion heated up in June when White Sox manager Eddie Stanky dubbed Yastrzemski an "All-Star from the neck down." A tense game at Fenway Park between Boston and Chicago ensued, with Tony Conigliaro hitting a two-run, walk-off home run in the 11th inning. All of a sudden an impossible dream seemed possible.

The future of Fenway Park was in doubt, however. On June 20, owner Tom Yawkey stated that Fenway Park was deteriorating and that Milwaukee had appealed to him to move the Red Sox there.

Even with these off-field concerns, the Red Sox won 10 consecutive games between July 14 and 23. During this stretch, Conigliaro became the youngest player in history to reach the 100-homer mark. When the Red Sox arrived home just one-half game out of first, some 10,000 fans mobbed the team at the airport.

These positive vibes were suddenly interrupted on August 18, when Tony Conigliaro was struck in the eye by a Jack Hamilton fastball, and when he dropped to the ground, many thought he may have been killed. Conigliaro was out for the rest of the season but his teammates rallied and swept the Angels that weekend.

The 1967 season was called the year of the "Great Race" with four teams in the hunt for the Al pennant, even down to the last weekend. Carl Yastremski was spectacular in those final games, collecting 10 hits in his last 13 at-bats and going 7-8 in the last two games. Chicago was eliminated first but Boston still needed to beat Minnesota and hope for a Detroit loss on the final day of the season. Jim Lonborg threw a gem, downing the Twins as thousands of delirious fans flooded the field, before the Red Sox learned of the Tigers' loss to the Angels.

Though the Red Sox lost to St. Louis in the World Series, the 1967 season was a critical one in Red Sox history. One can say that Red Sox Nation was born in 1967, as fans began to follow the team with renewed fervency. The Red Sox had suffered through eight straight losing seasons before Dick Williams made his bold statement. For turning around a team that had finished second-to-last the season before, Williams was voted Manager of the Year and Dick O'Connell was named Executive of the Year for constructing the magical 1967 roster.

Red Sox players were showered with awards as well. Jim Lonborg won the Cy Young Award with a 22-9 record but perhaps no player is more synonymous with the 1967 "Impossible Dream" team than Carl Yastrzemski, who won AL MVP honors and the Triple Crown, with a .326 batting average, 44 home runs and 121 RBIs.

Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park

The 1967 William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament doubleheader featured quite the statistical oddity: identical extra-inning results in both games.

1967 Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park
August 9William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament: Records 4, Americans 2 (12 innings)
August 9William Randolph Hearst Sandlot Tournament: Records 4, Americans 2 (12 innings)

More Than a Ballpark™

The magic of the 1967 Red Sox didn't carry over onto the gridiron at Fenway Park, as the Patriots won just two of their six games at home, and just three their entire season. Earlier in the year, a pair of soccer games was also played at Fenway Park, including a May 5 benefit for the Jimmy Fund.

1967 Non-Baseball Events At Fenway Park
January 25Junior Goodwill Dinner*
May 5Atlanta Chiefs 3, Toronto Falcons 1 (National Professional Soccer League Benefit Game)
July 7Baltimore Bays 4, Chicago Spurs 1 (Soccer)
August 27American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps National Championships
September 5Mayor's Charity Field Day**
October 15Boston Patriots 41, Miami Dolphins 10 (Football)
October 22Oakland Raiders 48, Boston Patriots 14 (Football)
November 5Boston Patriots 18, Houston Oilers 7 (Football)
November 12Kansas City Chiefs 33, Boston Patriots 10 (Football)
November 19New York Jets 29, Boston Patriots 24 (Football)
December 9Buffalo Bills 44, Boston Patriots 16 (Football)

*For several years, Fenway Park hosted a Junior Goodwill Dinner that brought hundreds of local high school students to the ballpark. The tradition was started by Red Sox legend Joe Cronin and the event typically took place in late January.

**For many years, the City of Boston regularly held a summertime Mayor's Charity Field Day. Many of these field days took place at Fenway Park, with a variety of sports, games, activities and other amusements for the crowds. In certain years, the Mayor's Charity Field Day even included an abbreviated baseball game at Fenway Park that was usually played between local teams.

The 1961 MLB All-Star Game at Fenway Park (Credit: Boston Red Sox)