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1967 Atlanta Braves season

1967 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 75–88 (.475)
League place 8th
Other information
Owner(s) William Bartholomay
Manager(s) Billy Hitchcock
Local television WSB-TV
(Larry Munson, Ernie Johnson, Milo Hamilton, Dizzy Dean)
Local radio WSB
(Larry Munson, Ernie Johnson, Milo Hamilton)
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The 1967 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves' second season in Atlanta. The team went 77-85, as they suffered their first losing season since 1952, the franchise's final season in Boston. The seventh-place Braves finished 24½ games behind the National League and World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 101 60 -- .627
San Francisco Giants 91 71 10.5 .562
Chicago Cubs 87 74 14 .540
Cincinnati Reds 87 75 14.5 .537
Philadelphia Phillies 82 80 19.5 .506
Pittsburgh Pirates 81 81 20.5 .500
Atlanta Braves 77 85 24.5 .475
Los Angeles Dodgers 73 89 28.5 .451
Houston Astros 69 93 32.5 .426
New York Mets 61 101 40.5 .377

Managerial turnover

The Braves' worst season since 1952—their last year in their original home of Boston—cost manager Billy Hitchcock his job on September 28, 1967; the team stood at 77–82 (.484) and 2112 games in arrears of the eventual 1967 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals at the time. Bullpen coach Ken Silvestri took over the club for the final three games of the season (all losses) on an interim basis.

Hitchcock's firing enabled general manager Paul Richards, on the job in Atlanta for only 13 months, to name his own man as skipper for 1968, and he chose a veteran associate, Luman Harris, 52, as Hitchcock's permanent successor.[7] Harris had played with Richards with the minor league Atlanta Crackers in the 1930s, and coached for Richards with three MLB clubs; he had also managed under GM Richards with the 1965 Houston Astros. Harris had been the 1967 skipper of the Triple-A Richmond Braves, and had led them to the best record in the International League.

In his first season in Atlanta, Harris' Braves showed a four-game improvement and reached the .500 mark; then, in 1969, they won 93 games and the National League West Division title before falling in three straight games to the New York Mets in the 1969 National League Championship Series. But the Braves stumbled badly in 1970, winning only 76 games, and although they improved slightly to an 82–80 mark in 1971, both Richards and Harris were in jeopardy of losing their jobs. Both men would be fired during the Braves' poor 1972 season, Richards on June 1 and Harris on August 6.[8] Farm system director Eddie Robinson succeeded Richards, while coach (and Baseball Hall of Famer and longtime Braves' slugger and third baseman) Eddie Mathews took over for Harris.

Notable transactions

Roster

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
3B Boyer, CleteClete Boyer 154 572 140 .245 26 96

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Britton, JimJim Britton 2 13.1 0 2 6.08 4

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G IP W L ERA SO
Blasingame, WadeWade Blasingame 10 25.1 1 0 4.62 20

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Hernández, RamónRamón Hernández 46 0 2 5 4.18 28
Rakow, EdEd Rakow 17 3 2 0 5.26 25

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Richmond Braves International League Lum Harris
AA Austin Braves Texas League Hub Kittle
A Kinston Eagles Carolina League Andy Pafko
A West Palm Beach Braves Florida State League Eddie Haas
A Lexington Braves Western Carolinas League Buddy Hicks
Short-Season A Jamestown Braves New York-Penn League Harry Dorish
Rookie GCL Braves Gulf Coast League Tom Saffell

Notes

  1. ^ Ramón Hernández page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Clete Boyer page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Mike Page page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ John Herrnstein page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Sandy Alomar, Jr. page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Eddie Mathews | The Baseball Page
  7. ^ Lum Harris.Corbett, Warren, Society for American Professional Baseball Researh=ch Biography Project
  8. ^ Retrosheet
  9. ^ Bob Uecker page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Claude Raymond page at Baseball Reference

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN . 
  • 1967 Atlanta Braves season at Baseball Reference
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