1967 International League season
The 1967 International League season was the 82nd in the league's history, and ended with the Toledo Mud Hens winning their first Governors' Cup. It was the first title for the Mud Hens since the 1927 American Association championship.
Rochester and Richmond finished the season tied, so a one-game playoff took place September 5 in Rochester, NY for the IL pennant. The Braves won 2-0, thanks to Jim Britton's eight shutout innings. (Sadly, Britton's father suffered a heart attack in the stands during the ninth inning and later died.) This result is reflected in the standings below.
Because of the playoff game, the Governors' Cup semifinal pairings were decided in advance.
This was the final season for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Playoff teams in bold.
|Richmond Braves||81||60||.574||--||Lum Harris||Atlanta Braves|
|Rochester Red Wings||80||61||.567||1||Earl Weaver||Baltimore Orioles|
|Toledo Mud Hens||73||66||.525||7||Jack Tighe||Detroit Tigers|
|Columbus Jets||69||71||.493||11½||Hardy Peterson||Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Jacksonville Suns||66||73||.475||14||Bill Virdon||New York Mets|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||64||75||.460||16||Eddie Kasko||Boston Red Sox|
|Buffalo Bisons||63||76||.453||17||Lou Fitzgerald/Don Zimmer||Cincinnati Reds|
|Syracuse Chiefs||63||77||.367||17½||Gary Blaylock||New York Yankees|
|First Round||Governors' Cup Finals|
|3||Toledo Mud Hens||3|
|3||Toledo Mud Hens||4|
|2||Rochester Red Wings||1|
Governors' Cup Finals
- Batting Average Elvio Jimenez, Columbus, .340
- Runs Scored Wayne Comer, Toledo, 86
- Hits Jimenez, 164
- Doubles Steve Demeter, Rochester, 32
- Triples Tom Shopay, Syracuse, 13
- Home Runs Jim Beauchamp, Richmond, 25
- Runs Batted In Curt Motton, Rochester, 70
- Stolen Bases Freddie Patek, Columbus, 42
- Wins Dave Leonhard, Rochester, 15
- Earned Run Average Tug McGraw, Jacksonville, 1.99
- Complete Games Ron Reed, Richmond, 17
- Shutouts Reed; Tom Fisher, Rochester, 5
- Strikeouts Jerry Koosman, Jacksonville, 183
- First Base Jim Beauchamp, Richmond
- Second Base Félix Millán, Richmond
- Shortstop Tom Matchick, Toledo
- Third Base Steve Demeter, Rochester
- Outfield Elvio Jimenez, Columbus; Curt Motton, Rochester; Tommie Aaron, Richmond
- Catcher Johnny Bench, Buffalo; Chris Cannizzaro, Toledo
- Pitcher Dave Leonhard, Rochester; Ron Reed, Richmond; Bill Short, Columbus
- Manager Jack Tighe, Toledo
Brian Bennett, On A Silver Diamond: The Story Of Rochester Community Baseball from 1956-1996. Triphammer Publishing, 1997.
1968 Baseball Guide