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1967 Atlanta Braves season

1967 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Atlanta Stadium (since 1966)
  • Atlanta, Georgia (since 1966)
  • 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

    1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year—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

    1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year, 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

    1. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year, 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
    2. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year, winning only 76 games, and although they improved slightly to an 82–80 mark in
    3. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year, both Richards and Harris were in jeopardy of losing their jobs. Both men would be fired during the Braves' poor
    4. REDIRECT Template:Baseball year 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

    1967 Atlanta Braves
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    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

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    References