'67 Dream team to attend opener; Williams, many players returning.


Byline: Bill Ballou


KANSAS CITY - Tim Wakefield is the only current Red Sox player who was alive when Rico Petrocelli caught Rich Rollins' looper to shortstop on Oct. 1, 1967.

That out was the final one in Boston's "Impossible Dream" season, a year that transformed the sagging fortunes of the Sox and created a mushroom cloud of hysteria that has yet to dissipate after some 40 years.

That Impossible Dream team will be honored at Boston's home opener at Fenway Park next Tuesday, the team announced yesterday. It will be the first event in what is planned as a season-long celebration. The Sox play the Mariners at 2:05 p.m.

Among those scheduled to return are manager Dick Williams, the American League manager of the year in his first season at the helm, and left fielder Carl Yastrzemski, who won baseball's last Triple Crown on the way to being chosen the American League's Most Valuable Player.

Johnny Pesky, who celebrates his 55th year with the organization in 2007, will make the transition from ceremonies to ballgame by making the traditional "Play Ball" announcement.

Other members of the '67 Sox scheduled to attend either Tuesday's game, or some of the post-game events, include Petrocelli, second baseman Mike Andrews, catchers Mike Ryan and Russ Gibson, center fielder Reggie...

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