Walt Williams was a fan favorite wherever he played -- his enthusiasm for the game, unsurpassed -- and his hustle on the field, non-stop. Walt provided an offensive spark his first year with the Chicago White Sox in 1967. Had manager Eddie Stanky chosen to play"No-Neck" more often (instead of veterans Rocky Colavito and Ken Boyer during August/September of the 1967 American League pennant race) -- the final outcome that memorable season may have been very different.
Jim O'Toole's big league career ended following his 10th season in 1967
with the Chicago White Sox. He won 4 games while compiling a splendid
2.82 ERA through July that year before being sidelined with a shoulder
injury. On May 13, 1967, Jim had tossed his 18th and final major
league shutout. It was a magnificent 10 inning complete game 2-hitter.
He struck out 11 batters, while walking just one.
A year ago, Jim kindly offered remembrances of 1967 regarding a book being compiled about teammate, Joe Horlen.
I got hurt early in the (pennant) race -- when Stanky said after I pitched a 2 hit 10 inning shutout -- He said, 'If you see a sanitary sock with a baseball tied above your locker, that means you're pitching that day!'
GAME 1: Chicago needed solid pitching from the back end of the rotation and got it with Jim O'Toole (3-1) and Bruce Howard (2-4) providing strong outings and leading the White Sox to a twin killing at Yankee Stadium, 2-1 and 3-2.
O'Toole checked New York on 4 hits through 5 innings in game 1 (an rbi by Mickey Mantle) and Hoyt Wilhelm 3.2 innings and Wilbur Wood 1/3 inning (his 2nd save) chipped in with solid relief helping Chicago clip the Yanks in Game 1. It was Wayne Causey lining a hit to right scoring JC Martin with the go ahead run in the 4th and the Sox held on for the 2-1 win.
Fritz Peterson (0-5) suffered the game 1 loss. Don Buford and Ken Berry had 3 hits a piece with Causey and Buford knocking in the lone 2 runs for Chicago. Pete Ward (3), JC Martin (1), Don Buford (14) and Ken Berry (5) each had a stolen base. The White Sox dinged out 11 base hits in the opener.
GAME 2: Starting pitcherBruce Howardhandcuffed the Bronx Bombers with shutout ball through eight innings before allowing a 2 run home run to Jake Gibbs in the ninth.Bob Locker(9SV) induced Elston Howard to ground out for the final out to give the Palehose a 3-2 victory and sweep of the twinbill in front of over 62,000 fans.
Gerald McNertneyhad the big blow of the day with a one out 3 run home run in the 4 inning off Mel Stottlemyre (5-6) scoring Ken Berry and Dick Kenworthy ahead of him. It was all the scoring the Chisox needed as pitching again ruled the day. The White Sox leave New York in 1st place with a 31 - 20 record.
Gerald McNertney's 3 Run Home Run Powers White Sox to Sweep of Yankees June 11, 1967