Thursday, August 7, 2014

Joe Horlen Biography

Sorry for not adding to the blog, lately.  I do plan to add updates down the road which will include game recaps, period photographs, game worn pieces and unique memorabilia.  Blog content will crest around games of the September 1967 pennant race.

Presently, my attention is focused on compiling an authorized biography of Joe Horlen. Joe has had a remarkable life encompassing the highest highs and some tragic lows. Joe laughs frequently while reflecting on the interesting chapters of his life and occasionally, sheds a tear when doing so. A semi-serious, very funny, soft spoken man with a generous heart,  he believes his story could be beneficial to many.  I believe it to be an important one to share.

There is a lengthy list of people important to putting this book together; most essential being Joe. He has been an open source of content without reservation. Thanks go out to Joe's family for their kindness and contributions to the book.  Joe's childhood friends have shared captivating stories about Joe growing up in San Antonio; including remembrances of the wild ride to the inaugural Pony League World Series championship in 1952.

Joe's baseball peers have contributed interesting anecdotes; thanks to Mr & Mrs J. C. Martin, Wilbur Wood, Ken Berry, Phil Niekro, Frank Howard, Jay Johnstone, Sal Bando, Dave Wickersham, Don Lock, Tony Kubek, Cotton Nash, Wayne Causey, Marv Staehle, Bart Johnson, Jerry McNertney, Deacon Jones, Jim Lonborg, Bobby Richardson, Mike McCormick, Larry Brown, Mike White, Dave Lemonds, Darold Knowles, Jim O'Toole, Pete Ward, Juan Pizarro and more, even umpires. Also, thanks to Rudy Davalos, Jr., Ben Bancroft, Charles Rouse, Henry Christopher, Bobby Bonugli, Gary Bell, Mike Joyce, Roland Hemond and Bob Sakamoto.

More to follow....


Saturday, March 29, 2014

White Sox Sweep Sunday Doubleheader From Yankees In Front of 62,000

June 11, 1967 (D) @ Yankee Stadium

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.
       Hoyt Wilhelm Volatile Yet Effective in Relief June 11, 1967  : 3.2 IP 4K's 2H's 3BB 0ER      

GAME 2:  Starting pitcher Bruce Howard handcuffed 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 McNertney had 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

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Joe Horlen Game Used Flannel Jersey

I enjoy collecting Chicago White Sox game worn items, especially of the players from the 1967 season. Pictured is a game used jersey from 1970, pants, hat, stirrups and jacket. If you have a jersey, hat, helmet, bat, glove or any game used item from the '67 period, drop me an email. Thanks for looking.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sox Explode w/ 18 HIts 9 Runs - Gary Peters & Ed Stroud Shine

June 10, 1967 Saturday
White Sox at Yankees (D) attendance 15,500+

The Chicago White Sox exploded for 18 hits Saturday to bomb the New York Yankees 9 to 0.
Southpaw Gary Peters (7-3) fired a complete game 4 hit shutout, striking out 9 with 3 BB. All 4 Yankees hits were singles including Mickey Mantle's safety in the 1st inning.

Ed Stroud's 1st inning single scored Walt Williams with the Sox first run of their wild offensive afternoon. Pete Ward finished the day 3 for 3 with an rbi and run scored;  Don Buford contributed a solo blast in the 5th inning;  Walt Williams and JC Martin each had a 2 for 4 day; and Ed Stroud led the way with 3 hits, 2 rbi's, 1 run, and his 7th stolen base of 1967. Peters smashed a 2-run home run (his 2nd) off Bill Monbouquette in the 8th inning. Yankees rookie righty Thad Tillatson (3-1) suffered his 1st loss of the season.

1967 Game Action
Gary Peters Shines in CG Shutout and blasting Home Run

Lefties Duel at Yankee Stadium, Sox Lose in 10

June 9, 1967 Friday (N)
White Sox at Yankees 1st of 4 games Weekend Series

Over 19,000 witnessed New York Yankees Al Downing and Chicago White Sox Tommy John in a classic pitching confrontation during the first game of an important four games series at Yankee Stadium. John surrendered a 7th inning solo home run to Elston Howard giving the Yanks a 1-0 lead, before Palehose centerfielder Ken Berry drove in Tommy McCraw with a 9th inning game tying single off Downing. Horace Clark's one out rbi single off reliever Bob Locker scored Steve Whitaker with the game winning run in the bottom of the tenth inning, giving the Bronx Bombers a 2-1 victory.

Tommy John was near flawless save for the Howard dinger;  allowing only 5 hits through 7 innings before giving way to Bob Locker in relief. Al Downing had 8 K's and surrendered 8 hits through 8 1/3 innings. Steve Hamilton picked up the win after pitching to only one batter in the 10th. Locker took the loss. Ken Berry was 2 for 4 with the lone rbi; Tommy McCraw went 2 for 4 and a run scored; while Walt Williams had 3 hits in 5 at bats. Tommie Agee had a tough night with 3 K's in clutch situations.
 No Neck Goes 3 for 5 June 9, 1967
 Walt Williams 1967 Game Action Comiskey Park