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In the first week of the 1967 season, the Phillies played the New York Mets seven times and won six games. It was the sixth year of the Mets existence and they were still lovingly bad. The Phillies loved them because they were so easy to beat, and their fans loved them because they were so bad. The Mets were at it again in 1967 with 101 losses, and the Phillies were at it again – feasting off the Mets (14-4), and Houston (11-7) who had become the Houston Astros beginning in 1965. So there it was again: Phillies vs Houston/Mets, 25-11; against the rest of the league, 57-69. It was like a parallel universe, and just as hard to adjust. Gene Mauch never learned how to get around it, and the players didn’t either, but nobody was complaining, especially Phillies’ pitchers.
On April 11, opening day in Chicago, Cubs manager Leo Durocher had a surprise for the Phillies. If that guy toeing the rubber, preparing to pitch to leadoff man Johnny Briggs, looked familiar, he should have, it was Fergie Jenkins, and he handed Jim Bunning and the Phils a 4-2 defeat on a complete game six hitter with five strikeouts. Philly fans howled in anguish.
On the year for the Phillies, it was the pitching, Dick Allen, and not much else. ERAs all around the league were falling, and Philadelphia was no exception: Jim Bunning came in at 2.29 but lost 15 games with his 17 wins and six shutouts; Larry Jackson was 13-15, 3.10, four shutouts; Chris Short was 9-11, 2.39, two shutouts. Allen hit .307, but his power numbers were down with only 23 homeruns and 77 RBIs. The entire league scored 400 fewer runs than the year before. Was somebody messing with the ball again?
The All-Star game was played in Anaheim, California, and featured dominating pitching. The game went 15 innings won by the National League 2-1 on a homerun by Tony Perez off Catfish Hunter. The other National League run came on a second inning homerun by the Phillies’ Dick Allen. National League pitchers’ fanned 17 batters, led by Fergie Jenkins with six in three innings. Chris Short pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th with two strikeouts.
December 15 – Jim Bunning traded to Pittsburgh for Money (Don Money),Woodie Fryman, and two steel girders.By max blue