Memories Of The IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Season. The 1967 Boston Red Sox-Part Three
Peter here, and here is Jay's latest installment of
THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM SEASON. THE BOSTON RED SOX 1967.
My comments will appear with a star.
"Okay, let's get started with the 1967 season. Remember
now, I was 15 years old and really not aware of
what was to come. It wasn't like I woke up one day
before the season and said, "Okay, I'm going to find a
favorite team this year!!" *Peter here....just
checking to make sure that you know when it's me. And
I felt the same way!*
Looking back on it, I guess there were some events in
early April that in hindsight must have made me take
notice... i.e. the Yaz catch off Tom Tresh and the
Billy Rohr near no-hitter, but still they won a few
and lost a few and weren't really noticeable on the
radar early on that year. They had a group of
players on this team that could not have foretold the
story waiting to unfold. *And I'll never forget Ken
Coleman's call of that 9th inning Yaz catch in the
Billy Rohr near no-hitter. Yaz was in left, and the ball was hit to dead left, and at the stadium, there's so much room behind the leftfielder. So he just turned his back on EVERYTHING and raced for the wall, seemingly not even tracking where that sure-to-be base hit would land. But, well, let's just say he was airborne, and then Ken Coleman, and I know to this very day that he was the best baseball broadcaster, with Ned Martin or without, who I've ever heard, said these famous words......"He dives and
makes A TREMENDOUS CATCH!!!!!" Remember, those last three words will forever echo in RSN. Imagine a man screaming those immortal utterances at the top of his lungs. It was cry-inducing material, backed up by the films later in the day. THE BEST CATCH I HAVE EVER SEEN. I still get a lump in my throat to this very day. Back to Jay.*
And it was one of the best I've ever seen. But then two batters later,
Elston Howard, clutch man that he was, broke up the near no-no against those Yankees.
Truth be told, the follow-up outings by Billy Rohr
after the near no-hitter were not much to talk about,
and to be honest I'm not sure the Sox won the "Tresh"
game, but again reflecting on 1967 40 years later they
probably were the first inkling of what was to come.
*I too was experiencing my first taste of the Boston
Red Sox, and the magic to come. And 40 years later,
the magic continues.*
I don't have any other recollections of April 1967
right now, but the 2 mentioned here as I look back
40 years served as a strong reminder of the Impossible
Dream, OUR Cardiac Kids.
Peter here, and Jay, thank you for just a TEMPTING
taste of 1967. My comments between the star
symbols were, I hope, to your liking. And to all my
readers, thanks....Jay always loves to read and
respond to your comments, as do I. Thank you Jay AKA
jayspay AKA great friend with a wonderful memory for
all the best stuff.