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‘The Spark That Lit the Fire for Red Sox Nation’

Jim Lonborg, pitcher for the 1967 ‘Impossible Dream’ team—and Tufts dental alum—looks back on a charmed season

When the World Series kicked off 55 years ago, it was the St. Louis Cardinals vs. the Boston Red Sox, who had been trying to reclaim the baseball championship for 49 years at that point.

And while the Sox did not prevail, pitcher Jim Lonborg led the American League that year in wins, games started, and strikeouts, becoming the team’s first Cy Young award winner.

When he retired from baseball, Lonborg tried his hand, so to speak, at another career. He attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, graduating in 1983 and establishing a practice on Boston’s South Shore.

Lonborg recalled the ’67 series in a conversation with the Tufts University Dental Alumni Association.

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