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

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!'