1968 Boston Red Sox season

The 1968 Boston Red Sox season was the 68th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished fourth in the American League (AL) with a record of 86 wins and 76 losses, 17 games behind the AL and World Series champion Detroit Tigers.

1968 Boston Red Sox
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Location
Other information
Owner(s)Tom Yawkey
General manager(s)Dick O'Connell
Manager(s)Dick Williams
Local televisionWHDH-TV, Ch, 5
Local radioWHDH-AM 850
(Ken Coleman, Ned Martin, Mel Parnell)
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Offseason

Regular season

Carl Yastrzemski set an American League record by having the lowest batting average to win a batting title. Yaz hit .301 to claim the batting title.[2]

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Detroit Tigers 103 59 .636
Baltimore Orioles 91 71 .562 12
Cleveland Indians 86 75 .534 16½
Boston Red Sox 86 76 .531 17
New York Yankees 83 79 .512 20
Oakland Athletics 82 80 .506 21
Minnesota Twins 79 83 .488 24
California Angels 67 95 .414 36
Chicago White Sox 67 95 .414 36
Washington Senators 65 96 .404 37½

Record vs. opponents

1968 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET MIN NYY OAK WSH
Baltimore 9–9 10–8 11–7 7–11 8–10 10–8 13–5 9–9 14–4
Boston 9–9 9–9 14–4 10–8 6–12 9–9 10–8 8–10 11–7
California 8–10 9–9 8–10 7–11 5–13 7–11 6–12 5–13 12–6
Chicago 7–11 4–14 10–8 5–13 5–13 10–8 6–12 10–8 10–8
Cleveland 11–7 8–10 11–7 13–5 6–12 14–4 10–8–1 6–12 7–10
Detroit 10–8 12–6 13–5 13–5 12–6 10–8 10–8–1 13–5–1 10–8
Minnesota 8–10 9–9 11–7 8–10 4–14 8–10 12–6 8–10 11–7
New York 5–13 8–10 12–6 12–6 8–10–1 8–10–1 6–12 10–8 14–4
Oakland 9–9 10–8 13–5 8–10 12–6 5–13–1 10–8 8–10 7–11
Washington 4–14 7–11 6–12 8–10 10–7 8–10 7–11 4–14 11–7

Opening Day lineup

  2 Mike Andrews 2B
  3 Dalton Jones 3B
  8 Carl Yastrzemski     LF
  7 Reggie Smith CF
  5 George Scott 1B
14 Joe Lahoud RF
  6 Rico Petrocelli SS
18 Elston Howard C
36 Dick Ellsworth P

Notable transactions

Roster

1968 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
2B Mike Andrews 147 536 145 .271 7 45
LF Carl Yastrzemski 157 539 162 .301 23 74

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
Gary Bell 35 199.1 11 11 3.12 102

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

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
Bucky Brandon 8 0 0 0 6.39 10
John Wyatt 8 1 2 0 4.22 11

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Colonels International League Eddie Kasko
AA Pittsfield Red Sox Eastern League Billy Gardner
A Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Bill Slack
A Waterloo Hawks Midwest League Rac Slider
A Greenville Red Sox Western Carolinas League Matt Sczesny
A-Short Season Jamestown Falcons New York–Penn League Jackie Moore

Notes

  1. ^ Elston Howard page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 191, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  3. ^ Norm Siebern page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Galen Cisco page at Baseball Reference

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