1967 Leaders & Numbers

Carl Yastrzemski gave the AL its second triple crown hitter in as many years; there’s been none since in either league. Roberto Clemente won his fourth and final batting title while, for the third of six straight years, he accrued baseball’s version of the triple-double: Double figures in doubles, triples and homers. Orlando Cepeda became the first unanimous choice for the NL MVP. With Cepeda gone, Willie Mays in career decline and Willie McCovey yet to peak, Jim Ray Hart finally got a healthy share of the Giants’ spotlight. Month-long freak hand injuries kept Al Kaline (jamming his bat into a rack in anger) and Richie Allen (pushing a car) from building up prodigious outputs. Jim Bunning lost five 1-0 decisions—hence, great ERA, modest record. Likewise for Gaylord Perry, who received far less run support than teammate (and NL Cy Young winner) Mike McCormick. Pitchers pined to emulate Joe Horlen’s success, but not his habit of chewing on tissues (tobacco made him sick). Memo to the Phillies, who traded away the future in Ferguson Jenkins to win “now” in 1966: In 1967, the future was now. Exiled from Anaheim, Dean Chance’s career got a second wind in Minnesota. Dick Hughes’ standout substitution for Bob Gibson wasn’t bad for a guy who would win four total games over two other major league seasons. Minnie Rojas also enjoyed a taste of success in the second of his three big league years, before a tragic 1968 car accident paralyzed him and killed two of his daughters. Rookie Tom Seaver was one of the few who clicked on a Mets team that tried 27 pitchers during the year.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1967
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Hank Aaron Atlanta 155 .307 600 113 184 37 3 39 109 44 19 0 17 6 11
2. Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh 147 .357 585 103 209 26 10 23 110 24 17 3 9 1 15
3. Richie Allen Philadelphia 122 .307 463 89 142 31 10 23 77 57 18 1 20 5 9
4. Orlando Cepeda St. Louis 151 .325 563 91 183 37 0 25 111 39 23 12 11 2 16
5. Ron Santo Chicago 161 .300 586 107 176 23 4 31 98 87 9 3 1 5 17
6. Jim Wynn Houston 158 .249 594 102 148 29 3 37 107 67 7 2 16 4 8
7. Jim Ray Hart San Francisco 158 .289 578 98 167 26 7 29 99 66 11 4 1 1 14
8. Lou Brock St. Louis 159 .299 689 113 206 32 12 21 76 18 6 6 52 18 6
9. Willie McCovey San Francisco 135 .276 456 73 126 17 4 31 98 54 17 6 3 3 8
10. Billy Williams Chicago 162 .278 634 92 176 21 12 28 84 60 8 2 6 3 13
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1967
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Carl Yastrzemski Boston 161 .326 579 112 189 31 4 44 121 80 11 4 10 5 8
2. Harmon Killebrew Minnesota 163 .269 547 105 147 24 1 44 111 116 15 3 1 0 16
3. Frank Robinson Baltimore 129 .311 479 83 149 23 7 30 94 57 14 7 2 3 10
4. Al Kaline Detroit 131 .308 458 94 141 28 2 25 78 73 10 1 8 2 16
5. Tony Oliva Minnesota 146 .289 557 76 161 34 6 17 83 32 12 8 11 3 9
6. George Scott Boston 159 .303 565 74 171 21 7 19 82 53 10 4 10 8 13
7. Don Mincher California 147 .273 487 81 133 23 3 25 76 60 9 4 0 3 11
8. Bob Allison Minnesota 153 .258 496 73 128 21 6 24 75 72 2 2 6 4 5
9. Bill Freehan Detroit 155 .282 517 66 146 23 1 20 74 58 15 20 1 2 9
10. Frank Howard Washington 149 .256 519 71 133 20 6 36 89 53 7 5 0 1 14
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1967
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Gaylord Perry San Francisco 2.61 15 17 .469 1 39 37 293 329 85 67 17 13 4 1 10 9 28
2. Jim Bunning Philadelphia 2.29 17 15 .531 0 40 40 302.1 358 77 53 20 4 13 1 23 11 16
3. Phil Niekro ATlanta 1.87 11 9 .550 9 46 20 207 215 43 52 3 19 7 1 21 9 21
4. Ferguson Jenkins Chicago 2.80 20 13 .606 0 38 38 289.1 366 90 75 8 2 4 0 8 15 17
5. Claude Osteen Los Angeles 3.22 17 17 .500 0 39 39 288.1 401 103 42 10 4 2 0 3 15 32
6. Bill Singer Los Angeles 2.64 12 8 .600 0 32 29 204.1 227 60 50 11 10 8 3 9 13 10
7. Mike McCormick San Francisco 2.85 22 10 .688 0 40 35 262.1 334 83 63 18 9 5 0 10 8 20
8. Bob Gibson St. Louis 2.98 13 7 .650 0 24 24 175.1 213 58 37 3 3 3 1 3 7 13
9. Chris Short Philadelphia 2.39 9 11 .450 1 29 26 199.1 232 53 67 7 6 4 0 8 10 15
10. Dick Hughes St. Louis 2.67 16 6 .727 3 37 27 222.1 276 66 42 6 7 5 2 6 10 9
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1967
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Joe Horlen Chicago 2.06 19 7 .731 0 35 35 258 269 59 54 4 5 4 0 12 9 21
2. Gary Peters Chicago 2.28 16 11 .593 0 38 36 260 272 66 83 8 7 11 1 4 6 15
3. Dean Chance Minnesota 2.73 20 14 .588 1 41 39 283.2 334 86 61 7 9 7 2 22 5 23
4. Steve Hargan Cleveland 2.62 14 13 .519 0 30 29 223 241 65 65 7 9 3 0 11 9 25
5. Jim Lonborg Boston 3.16 22 9 .710 0 39 39 273.1 348 96 78 5 12 19 1 9 9 16
6. Tommy John Chicago 2.47 10 13 .435 0 31 29 178.1 205 49 40 7 5 5 0 4 5 17
7. Earl Wilson Detroit 3.27 22 11 .667 0 39 38 264 361 96 85 7 8 3 0 12 3 20
8. Al Downing New York 2.63 14 10 .583 0 31 28 201.2 224 59 60 1 5 6 0 7 8 15
9. Minnie Rojas California 2.52 12 9 .571 27 72 0 121.2 146 34 21 17 5 3 1 9 1 5
10. Jim Merritt Minnesota 2.53 13 7 .650 0 37 28 227.2 298 64 24 6 10 7 0 3 6 9

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1967 Awards


NL MVP
Orlando Cepeda, St. Louis

AL MVP
Carl Yastrzemski, Boston


NL Cy Young Award
Mike McCormick, San Francisco

AL Cy Young Award
Jim Lonborg, Boston


NL Rookie of the Year
Tom Seaver, New York

AL Rookie of the Year
Rod Carew, Minnesota


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Bob Gibson, St. Louis
C Randy Hundley, Chicago
1B Wes Parker, Los Angeles
2B Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh
3B Ron Santo, Chicago
SS Gene Alley, Pittsburgh
OF Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh
OF Curt Flood, St. Louis
OF Willie Mays, San Francisco


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Jim Kaat, Minnesota
C Bill Freehan, Detroit
1B George Scott, Boston
2B Bobby Knoop, California
3B Brooks Robinson, Baltimore
SS Jim Fregosi, California
OF Paul Blair, Baltimore
OF Al Kaline, Detroit
OF Carl Yastrzemski, Boston