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Remembering the 1967 Red Sox "Impossible Dream" Team

Erol Onel

The recipient of a doctor of medicine from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Erol Onel is a clinical research professional who serves as vice president of California's Heron Therapeutics. Beyond his professional responsibilities, Erol Onel is an avid fan of the Boston Red Sox.

The Red Sox have won three World Series in the past 13 years, but prior to 2004, the team endured an 86-year championship drought, which included four World Series losses. On Wednesday, August 16, 2017, Boston paid tribute to the 1967 team, which was dubbed the “Impossible Dream” team after winning the American League pennant in the final game of the season. The team reached the World Series and lost in the seventh and deciding game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Red Sox finished that year with 92 wins and 70 losses--the best record it had posted since 1950, when the team won 94 games in the 154-game season. Boston trailed 3-1 in the best-of-seven World Series, but won Game 5 by a score of 3-1 and evened the series at three games apiece with an 8-4 victory in Game 6. However, the Cardinals cruised to a 7-2 victory in Game 7 with the help of starting pitcher Bob Gibson, who pitched all nine innings, allowed only three hits, and struck out 10 batters. Gibson won three games for the Cardinals in the series and was named World Series MVP.

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