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Game of the Year 1967

Posted 01-14-2017 at 10:34 AM by TommyJohn
Updated 07-30-2017 at 11:59 PM by TommyJohn

This is the first of a feature I intend to do if I don't get too freaking lazy, as I did with my ChiCards CallBacks (which I also hope to do more of this football season.)

This is called "Game of the Year" and it highlights one game from each year covered by the group page, 1967-77. I haven't any solid criteria for choosing-just a game that was well-played, maybe the best of the year, or one that had an impact on the team, the season or was not short of dramatics. Like I said, no real criteria.

The first "Game of the Year" is for 1967. I have chosen September 10 vs. the Detroit Tigers at White Sox Park.

The White Sox, as we all know, were involved in one of the best pennant chases in the history of baseball along with the Twins, Tigers and Red Sox. Those three teams had sexy big boppers like Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison, Yaz, Al Kaline and Norm Cash. The Sox countered with Ken Berry, Don Buford, Tommie Agee and the occasional washed up slugger in Rocky Colavito and Ken Boyer.

They kept winning, though, thanks to lights out pitching from Gary Peters, Joe Horlen and Tommy John; and a deep bullpen featuring Bob Locker, Don McMahon, Hoyt Wilhelm and Wilbur Wood.

This game came on the heels of a devastating defeat the day before in a nationally televised game. Peters had entered the 9th cruising with a 3 hit shutout and a 3-0 lead. That all came undone as he and the bullpen were rocked for 7 runs. The loss knocked them two back with 21 games remaining.

Fortunately, Joe Horlen, the hard luck guy who always seemed to be on the losing end of a 1-0 or 2-1 game, picked up the slack. He pitched masterfully against the Tigers that Sunday, twirling a no-hitter in which he faced only 29 batters.

The Sox' bad offense sprung to life in the 1st inning, erupting for 5 runs off starter and loser Joe Sparma. The Sox added another run to seal the deal. Horlen retired three straight in the 9th, then tossed his glove in the air after the final out was made. The Sox then beat Detroit in game 2 of the twinbill to get right back in the race.

Sadly, we all know how this season turned out. The Sox stayed in it all the way until the final week of the season. Sitting one-half game back with five to go against the worst teams in the league, they seemed to be sitting pretty. Even members of the Red Sox like Mike Andrews admitted they thought the White Sox had the pennant all wrapped up. Instead, the Sox suffered a crushing twi-night doubleheader defeat to the Kansas City A's. They returned home and lost 1-0 to Washington to be the first team eliminated from the four team chase. However, there was one September afternoon where they looked like they were going to be champions.

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