MHS Panel: ‘Impossible Dreamers’: The Pennant-Winning 1967 Boston Red Sox

In June I was honored to participate in a panel discussion to kick off the “’Impossible Dreamers’: The Pennant-Winning 1967 Boston Red Sox” exhibition at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston ( The MHS was nice enough to post video of the talk:

— Recorded 24 June 2017 at Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA —

Moderated by Red Sox historian Gordon Edes, panelists include authors Herb Crehan (The Impossible Dream 1967 Red Sox: Birth of Red Sox Nation), Bill Nowlin (The 1967 Impossible Dream Red Sox: Pandemonium on the Field), and Tom Whalen (The Spirit of ’67: Cardiac Kids, El Birdos, and the World Series That Captivated America). The panel discussion was in conjunction with the wonderful exhibition of Red Sox pictures taken by Boston Globe photographer Frank O’Brien in 1967. O’Brien, who also participated in the panel discussion had almost unlimited access to the 1967 red Sox team.

In the spring of 1967, the Boston Red Sox were coming off a season in which they had lost 90 games, and seemingly were locked in a state of mediocrity. Owner Tom Yawkey was discussing the need for a new ballpark and even hinted he might move and/or sell the club. Boston was in the midst of one of its worst economic downturns and fan interest had tapered off, with attendance barely half of what it had been in the 1940s. That all changed when a 100 to 1 longshot ballclub led by a rookie manager, Dick Williams, and a superstar left fielder, Carl Yastrzemski, won the American League pennant on the final day of the season after one of the closest races in history. “The Impossible Dream Red Sox” built the foundation of what we now know as Red Sox Nation and transformed the franchise forever.

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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

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  1. Mike johnston July 17, 2017 at 6:49 am | | Reply

    The games were played in the daytime if I remember correctly. I had a transistor radio and ear plug up my sleeve and listened to the game in 9th grade. Lonborg was the best going on two days rest against Bob Gibson on three days rest in game seven. Gibson was just incredible as his career shows. My heart was broken with the loss of Game seven. A fan was born however. Go Sox.

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