Editor's note: NESN.com is teaming up with WhatIfSports.com to crown the greatest Red Sox team of all time with the "Red Sox Showdown for the Ages." Click here for more information on the 16-team simulation tournament.
Starting on Monday, we'll start to preview the tournament, looking at four teams each day. This preview is for the the 1967 team, the No. 11 seed in the Red Sox Showdown for the Ages.
1967 Boston Red Sox
Finish: 1st in AL, lost World Series to St. Louis Cardinals
Manager: Dick Williams
Best Player: Carl Yastrzemski (.326 average, 44 home runs, 121 RBIs, 1.040 OPS)
Best Pitcher: Jim Lonborg (22-9, 3.16 ERA, 273 1/3 IP)
Breakdown: Known as the "Impossible Dream," the '75 Red Sox improved by 20 wins off their previous season and were two years removed from a 100-loss season. Led by "Yaz" and his AL MVP, the Sox fell to Bob Gibson and the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. The Sox clinched the Pennant on the last day of the season, outlasting the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins.