The Boston Red Sox hadn't been to the playoffs since losing the 1946 World Series in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals, but the Sox returned to the postseason 21 years later by winning the American League with a 92-70 record, a game ahead of Minnesota and Detroit. Carl Yastrzemski won his only AL MVP Award that season by capturing the AL Triple Crown, leading the league with 44 homers, 121 RBIs and a .326 average. The Sox would lose in seven games to St. Louis again in the Fall Classic, although Yaz hit .400 with three homers in the series.
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