Shortly after the Red Sox beat the Tigers Saturday night in game six of the ALCS my thoughts turned to the Sox and St. Louis Cardinals.
Not to this year’s teams.
The 1967 Sox and Cards teams.
While it has been 46 years, if I close my eyes, I can still picture the “Impossible Dream” season.
I’m sure that season, that World Series, sold this then 10-year-old kid on baseball for life.
I remember how the regular season came down to the last day. There were no divisions or wild cards back then. You win the American League pennant and you go the fall classic.
And the Sox did!
The first series game was an afternoon game and I remember someone rolled in a TV into a classroom at some point at school. I saw the Red Sox play a World Series game for the first time in my life.
I went back to look at the box score from that October 4th, 1967 game. (Isn’t it ironic that this 2013 Sox/Cards World Series will start on a Wednesday.)
The Sox lineup that day…
1. Jerry Adair 2B
2. Dalton Jones 3B
3. Yaz LF
4. Ken Harrelson RF
5. George Scott 1B
6. Rico Petrocelli SS
7. Reggie Smith CF
8. Russ Gibson C
9. Jose Santiago P
The Cards lineup that day…
1. Lou Brock LF
2. Curt Flood CF
3. Roger Maris RF
4. Orlando Cepeda 1B
5. Tim McCarver C
6. Mike Shannon 3B
7. Julien Javier 2B
8. Dal Maxvill SS
9. Bob Gibson P
The Red Sox lost that day 2-1. Pitcher Jose Santiago hit a home run off Gibson. That was the only run they would score. Bob Gibson struck out 10 of my hometown heroes that day in a complete game win.
And then Gibson did it again in game four – a complete game win.
And then he did it again in game seven – a complete game win.
I don’t remember how I felt after the Sox lost their first World Series in my lifetime.
I wish I did.
Because I sure do remember how I felt in 2004 when the Sox swept the Cardinals ending the 86-year curse.
The Red Sox vs the Cardinals.
Here we go again.
ITEMS FROM THE DUFFEL BAG:
— 56 consecutive wins for Bangor Christian soccer…but who’s counting.
— It’s time for UM quarterback Marcus Wasilewski to be added to that Walter Payton Award watch list.
— A tip of the cap to Aroostook County high school golfers for winning state titles. Let’s face it, the shortest golf season starts where the interstate stops.
— Do you realize we are less than a month away from basketball and other winter high school sports first practice days?
— I would have liked to be the fly on the wall in Bill Belichick’s office the other day when Gronk’s agent Drew Rosenhaus announced Gronk was medically cleared to play.
— The World Series starts Wednesday night with live coverage on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket.