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My Favorite Baseball Story

What's your favorite Baseball story? I'm a lifelong Yankee fan, but my favorite story is about a Red Sox.

In 1966 The Yankees finished tenth, in a divisionless league. The Sox finished Ninth. But these teams were going in different directions. Mantle, Ford and Howard were aging. Kubek and Richardson had retired. Boyer and Maris would be traded in the off season. Tresh never fulfilled his rookie promise, and Pepitone was Pepitone. All the Yankees had to rely upon was Mel Stottlemyre pitching every four days.

The Sox had amassed a team full of young talent. George Scott was a great fielding first baseman. Rico Petrocelli was a precursor of the power hitting Shortstops. Reggie Smith would soon be moved from second base to centerfield, where he would be a star for the Red Sox and Dodgers. Jim Lonborg was about to have the season of his career. Before the tragic beaning Tony Conigliaro looked like a future Hall of Famer. And there was no question about the fact that Carl Yastrzemski would wind up in the Hall of Fame, as would their manager, Dick Williams.

April 14, 1967, opening day, Yankee Stadium, Ford was to start his last opening day. For the Red Sox, playing his first major league game was pitcher Billy Rohr. His catcher that day was a 28 year old, who was also making his debut that day, by the name of Russ Gibson.

Rohr did the unimaginable, he pitched a no-hitter through two outs in the ninth, when Elston Howard hit a single to right. Yastrzemski had saved the no-hitter two batters earlier, by making a great play on a line drive by Tom Tresh.

Rohr would win only one more game that season (only 2 more in his career). The second win, a week later, also against the Yankees, was a shut out until Howard broke it up in the eighth.

Howard would later be traded to the Red Sox. There his leadership and defensive prowess, would help make the Impossible Dream possible. Rohr would finish his career in 1968 as an Indian.

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cathy_edgett
May. 1st, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Now I know why you love baseball so much. You bring it to life.

Thank you!!
wibblywobbly
May. 1st, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
one of the stories about Kevin Mitchell in Jeff Pearlman's book about the '86 Mets....

Seriously, it has to be Dave Roberts and "the steal".
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