St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox & A Race to the AL Pennant Highlighted in New 1967 Episode of “Baseball’s Seasons”
Episode features stellar performances by future Hall of Famers Carl Yastrzemski, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Roberto Clemente and Mickey Mantle
Secaucus, N.J., January 12 – A new episode of Baseball’s Seasons premieres this Wednesday, January 13 on MLB Network with a focus on the most memorable moments of the 1967 Major League Baseball season. The episode, from the documentary-style series created by Major League Baseball Productions, focuses on the St. Louis Cardinals’ return to the top of the NL, led by ace Bob Gibson, unanimous MVP Orlando Cepeda and base-stealing star Lou Brock. Gibson later had three wins in a seven-game World Series that saw the Cardinals come out on top of the Boston Red Sox.
The episode also covers the “impossible dream” season for the Boston Red Sox. Led by rookie manager Dick Williams, aided by rookie centerfielder Reggie Smith and carried by the last Triple Crown winner Carl Yastrzemski, the Red Sox compiled one of the most exciting and out-of-nowhere seasons ever seen. At the heart of the team was Yastrzemski, whose season allowed him to fully emerge from the shadows of Red Sox legend Ted Williams and become a Boston icon in his own right. The episode also highlights the race to the AL Pennant as the Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins were all within two games of first place with one week to go in the season; as well as memorable accomplishments by Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente and Mickey Mantle.
As the series examines each year in the context of the time’s culture and society, the 1967 episode is depicted against a summer of unrest in the United States as civil rights demonstrations were building and opposition to the Vietnam War spread, including heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali’s refusal to join the war effort and the growth of the hippie movement.
The episode will air on Wednesday, January 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET/9:00 p.m. PT. A preview of the 1967 episode can be viewed here.
Additional episodes of Baseball’s Seasons, including 1987, 2003 and 2004, will debut on MLB Network through February 2010. Episodes featured since MLB Network launched on January 1, 2009 include 1959, 1961, 1968, 1982, 1986, 1993, 1995 and 2001.
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