Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 2/24/13
The 2013 Red Sox have many similarities to one memorable team from the past. In 1966 The Boston Red Sox were a team that collapsed finishing 26 games out of first place. At the end of the year they fired their manager. The new manager for 1967 was a man that had just finished two years managing in Toronto, (In 1965-1966 the Toronto Maple Leafs were the AAA affiliate of the Red Sox) and now he would be the new skipper of the Red Sox returning to the team he was with three years ago. The 1966 team was considered a lazy ”county club.” Manager Dick Williams came to Spring Training, and made a bold statement. “We will win more ballgames than we lose.” The fans of the Red Sox were skeptical of the 1967 team. Opening Day at Fenway saw 8,324 fans show up in Fenway Park to see Jim Longborg win his first of what would turn out to be 22 victories in a Cy Young season. The following week at Opening Day in Yankee Stadium a young rookie pitcher named Billy Rohr pitched a no hitter until two outs ...
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