Thursday, January 28, 2016

R. I. P. Walt "No Neck" Williams

Walt Williams
1943 - 2016

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.

New York Times (Link Below)

At Sarasota's Payne Park
Photo Credit The New York Times

At Comiskey Park 1967

Saturday, January 9, 2016

R.I.P. Jim O'Toole

Jim O'Toole

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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!'

Friday, November 27, 2015

The Fascinating LIfe of Joe Horlen

Over 2 years in the making the book is scheduled to be released this summer

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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