IN MEMORIAM: 1967 IMPOSSIBLE DREAM RED SOX

We will be celebrating the wonderful memories of the Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox throughout 2017. It is hard to believe that 50 years have gone by and yet the memories of that special season are still so strong. 

A total of 39 players were included on the roster of the 1967 Red Sox. And these players ranged from Carl Yastrzemski who appeared in a team-leading 161 games, to 19 year-old Ken Brett who appeared in one game. And when you win the AL pennant by one game every player’s contribution is important.

And while we celebrate with the 25 members of the 1967 team that are still with us it is important to remember the 14 players who have passed away during these fifty years. Too many players from the 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox have died at too young of an age. It is sad to realize that the average age of these 14 players when they died was only 62.

But regardless of their age these players are all remembered fondly and they are all missed.

 

PLAYER

DATE OF DEATH

AGE AT DEATH

Elston Howard

1980

50

Jerry Adair

1987

50

Don McMahon

1987

57

Joe Foy

1989

46

Tony Conigliaro

1990

45

John Wyatt

1998

62

Bob Tillman

2000

63

Ken Brett

2003

55

Russ Gibson

2008

69

Jerry Stephenson

2010

66

Dennis Bennett

2012

72

George Scott

2013

69

Dan Osinski

2013

79

Norm Siebern

2015

82

RIP

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This feature has been excerpted from the recently released The Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox: Birth of Red Sox Nation To purchase a copy signed and inscribed as you direct by author Herb Crehan go to “Books.

 

Article written by

Herb Crehan is in his 22nd season as a Contributing Writer and he has written more than 125 feature articles for RED SOX MAGAZINE. He has authored three books on the Red Sox, including The Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox: Birth of Red Sox Nation, which was released in November 2016, and contributed to five others. He speaks frequently in the Boston area on Red Sox history. He is the publisher of this website, which is dedicated to the preservation of Boston baseball history. Comments and suggestions for future articles may be submitted at his website www.bostonbaseballhistory.com

3 Responses

  1. Sharon Harvey February 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm | | Reply

    Herb I was only 9 years old and still remember watching the winning game with my older brother . I plan on buying the book you wrote about it. No wonder I love your posts!!!

  2. Gerard Moynihan April 25, 2017 at 9:45 am | | Reply

    I have been a Red Sox fan since I began rooting for the team as an 8 year old in 1949 and have been a season ticket holder since 1979. Even with the three WS champions since 2004 I would still take the 67 season as my favorite. The Sox were given a 100 to one shot to win that year and few would take that bet. But the season was just a joy all summer long as all of New England rediscovered the team. The Year of Yaz was truly an “Impossible Dream” from start to finish.

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