It was a pennant race that found four teams virtually tied for the lead with a week to play. Three were still in the race on the season's final day. Two were alive going into their final at bat. And yet there was much more than the Red Sox, White Sox, Twins, and Tigers staging what was arguably the most exciting pennant race in baseball history during the final days of the 1967 season. There was the day the Tigers were no-hit--and won...the day that Minnesota's Tony Oliva hit a home run-only to have the blast negated when he passed an oblivious teammate on the basepath...the allegations that White Sox pitchers were so difficult to hit in Chicago because they froze the baseballs...the night Tiger pitcher Mickey Lolich was excused from the ballclub so he could grab his rifle and protect a Detroit utility plant from a riot...the tragic night in Boston when young slugger Tony Conigliaro couldn't get out of the way of an inside fastball...and the incredible Septembers put together by Carl Yastrzemski, Al Kaline, Tony Oliva, and Joe Horlen. It's all here--the memorable plays, the unforgettable players, the decisive contests, and the deliciously rare exhilaration of an intense, no-holds-barred pennant race. From the first sweet days of spring training through that breathless final weekend, Down to the Wire delivers the entire behind-the-scenes story: the personality conflicts, the team politics, and the outrageous anecdotes--including what really happened on the infamous TWA Flight 85. After years of exhaustive research and interviews, Jeff Miller has given us an entertaining and definitive account of that glorious summer of baseball. Come relive a wonderful season--a pennant race that truly went down to the wire.
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Published April 1, 1992
by Taylor Pub.
Sports & Outdoors.