1967 Chicago White Sox
Managed by Eddie Stanky
History, Comments, Contributions
Much like the "Hitless Wonders" of 1906, the 1967 Chicago White Sox were carried on the arms of an excellent pitching staff. Joel Horlen anchored the rotation, winning 19 games and leading the American League with a 2.06 earned run average. Veteran Gary Peters won 16 games and struck out 215, while young hurler Tommy John notched 10 wins along with a 2.47 ERA. The stellar pitching made up for a sub-par offense. No player hit 20 home runs, and no regular had a batting average higher than .241. Outfielder/first baseman Pete Ward led the hitters with 18 homers and 62 runs batted in.
Under the leadership of fiery manager Eddie Stanky, the White Sox remained in the heat of the pennant race until losing both games of a doubleheader to the last-place Kansas City Athletics in the final week of the season. They finished in fourth place in a tightly contested American League, just three games out of first place.
They had held first place from June 11th to August 12th, their lead reaching as many as 5 1/2 games. By early September, three other teams, the Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers had caught them, with all four teams being in a virtual tie on September 6th. On September 27th, all four teams were still in the race and within 1 1/2 games of each other, with the White Sox in second place, a game behind the Twins. On the morning of Friday, September 29th, the spread was still a game and a half, but the Sox were in trouble because of their double loss to the A's two days earlier: they had to win all three of their remaining games and for other teams to knock one another out. However, they were shut out, 1-0, by the lowly Washington Senators that Friday and were mathematically eliminated as Boston finally ended up on top. Their lack of hitting had caught up to them as they scored only 5 runs in their final 5 games.
Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Tommie Agee, Ken Berry, Joel Horlen and Gary Peters
- Topps All-Star Rookie Team: Walt Williams (OF)
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|Chicago White Sox||89||73||.549||3|
|New York Yankees||72||90||.444||20|
|Kansas City Athletics||62||99||.385||23|
1967 Opening Day Lineup
Walt Williams, lf
Don Buford, 3b
Tommie Agee, cf
Pete Ward, 1b
Ken Berry, rf
Ron Hansen, ss
Jerry Adair, 2b
- Bryan Soderholm-Difatte: "The '67 White Sox: "Hitless" Destiny's Grandchild?", in Stuart Shea, ed.: North Side, South Side, All Around Town, The National Pastime, SABR, 2015. ISBN 978-1-93359987-8