1st Boston clinches the AL pennant with a 5–3 win over Minnesota, Jim Lonborg besting Dean Chance. Carl Yastrzemski goes 4-for-4 and has 10 hits in his final 13 at bats to grab the Triple Crown (.326, 44, 121). Detroit, which could tie for the lead with a sweep, beats California in the opener 6–4. They then drop the 2nd game 8–5 despite sending 8 Tiger pitchers to the mound. The 4 teams combined for 6–12 record over the final week, while Boston won the pennant with .568 winning percentage, the lowest in league history.
In a 4–3 loss to the Yankees and Mel Stottlemyre, Dave Duncan hits the last homer for the Kansas City Athletics. The team is relocating to Oakland.
Pittsburgh RF Roberto Clemente ends his season with a flourish, winning his 4th batting title with a .357 average by going 2-for-5 with a triple and his 23rd HR, as the Pirates wallop the Astros 10–3.
Joe Adcock (75-87) is fired as manager of the Indians.
2nd Ground is broken for a new stadium in Philadelphia.
4th Cardinals LF Lou Brock has 4 hits, 2 stolen bases, and scores twice, as St. Louis edges Boston 2–1 to open the World Series at Fenway Park. Bob Gibson has 10 strikeouts and outduels Jose Santiago, whose HR is Boston’s only score. Santiago is the only pitcher to lose a WS game in which he hits a homerun.
5th Jim Lonborg pitches the 4th one-hitter in WS history and Yaz (Carl Yastrzemski) hits 2 HRs in Boston’s 5–0 win to even the Series.
7th In game 3 in St. Louis, Nelson Briles swings the WS toward the Cards with a 7-hit 5–2 win. Lou Brock has 2 more hits, and Mike Shannon homers off loser Gary Bell.
Lum Harris is named manager of the Braves.
8th Bob Gibson is overpowering again in a 5-hit 6–0 win in Game 4. Roger Maris and Tim McCarver each have 2 RBI for St. Louis.
The Braves trade P Denny LeMaster and SS Denis Menke to the Astros for SS Sonny Jackson and 1B Chuck Harrison.
9th Roger Maris homers for the Cardinals in the 9th, but Jim Lonborg’s 3–1 win sends the WS back to Boston. Lonborg allows three hits in the win, the only pitcher in the 20thcentury to have consecutive post-season games allowing three hits or less (as noted by Pete Ridges).
10thThe Reds swap Deron Johnson to the Braves, getting P Jay Ritchie, and outfielders Mack Jones and Jim Beauchamp.
11th A WS record 3 HRs in one inning—consecutively, by Yaz, Reggie Smith, and Rico Petrocelli—power Boston to an 8–4 win that evens the Series at 3 each.
12th The Cardinals earn their second World Championship of the decade with a 7–2 victory. Bob Gibson notches his 3rd WS win with a 3-hitter, 10 strikeouts, and a 5th-inning HR. Lou Brock has 2 hits and steals 3 bases for a record 7 thefts in a 7-game WS. Jim Lonborg gives up 10 hits in the loss.
13th Larry Shepard is named manager of the Pirates.
18th The AL approves the Athletics’ shift to Oakland, California. Kansas City is promised a new team by 1971. When Senator Stuart Symington and Kansas City Mayor Davis threaten action against the move, AL President Joe Cronin reopens talks, and the expansion deadline is moved to 1969.
19th Senator Stuart Symington blasts A’s owner Charlie Finley on the floor of the United States Senate, calling him “one of the most disreputable characters ever to enter the American sports scene.”
20th Charlie Finley names Bob Kennedy the first manager of the Oakland A’s.
22nd Joe DiMaggio is hired as executive vice president of the A’s by Charlie Finley.
30th Arthur Allyn announces that his White Sox will play 9 games in Milwaukee in 1968. Chicago will become the first AL team to play regular season games outside its own city since 1905.
31st San Francisco’s Mike McCormick is the NL Cy Young Award winner, as pitchers are honored in each league for the first time.