Joe Horlen

Joel Edward Horlen (born August 14, 1937) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1961 to 1972 for the Chicago White Sox and Oakland Athletics. In references, he is called Joe Horlen or Joel Horlen with roughly equal frequency.[1]

From 1964-68, Horlen led all American League pitchers with a 2.32 ERA.[2] In his career, Horlen won 116 games against 117 losses, with a 3.11 earned run average and 1,065 strikeouts in 2,002 innings pitched.

He is the only baseball player to play for teams that won a Pony League World Series (1952), a College World Series (Oklahoma State-1959), and a Major League World Series (Oakland-1972).[3]

Joel Horlen
Joe Horlen 1967.jpeg
Born: August 14, 1937 (age 82)
San Antonio, Texas
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 4, 1961, for the Chicago White Sox
Last MLB appearance
October 4, 1972, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Win–loss record116–117
Earned run average3.11
Career highlights and awards

Early and personal life

Horlen was born in San Antonio, Texas.[4] He attended Luther Burbank High School, in San Antonio.[4] Horlen is a convert to Judaism.[5][6][7]


Horlen was a star pitcher at Oklahoma State University. He was named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-America second team, as he helped lead Oklahoma State to the College World Series in 1959.

Minor league career

Horlen was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1959. That year he pitched for the Lincoln Chiefs.[8] The next season he pitched in Class A for the Charleston White Sox, and was 7-5 with a 2.93 ERA.[8] He began 1961 pitching for the AAA San Diego Padres, for whom he was 12-9 with a 2.51 ERA.[8]

Major league career

Chicago White Sox (1961–71)

He made his Major League debut against the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a September 4, 1961 doubleheader.[4] He won the game in relief while wearing a numberless uniform —- as the only available road uniform did not have a number.

Horlen pitched as a spot starter in his first two full seasons with the White Sox. In 1963, he returned to the minors to pitch four games for the AAA Indianapolis Indians, going 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA.[8]

In 1964 he earned a spot in the starting rotation, posting a 13–9 record and setting career bests in earned run average (1.88; 2nd in the American League only to Dean Chance's 1.65) and strikeouts (138).[4] He also led the majors by allowing only 6.07 hits per 9 innings, bettering Sandy Koufax's National League-leading 6.22. In the next 42 years, only 8 right-handed pitchers bettered that ratio in a season. He also led the AL in Walks + Hits per IP (WHIP) (.935).

That year his White Sox battled the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles for the pennant, but finished second, one game behind the Yankees and one game ahead of the Orioles.

In 1965 he was 2nd in the league in shutouts (4), and was 3rd in walks/9 IP (1.60). In 1966 he led the league in wild pitches (14), was 6th in hit batsmen (6), and was 2nd in ERA (2.43).[4]

Horlen's best season was in 1967; he finished 19–7 and led American League pitchers with a 2.06 ERA and 6 shutouts, was 2nd in W-L percentage (.731), 4th in wins, complete games (13), and walks/9 IP (2.02), and 7th in innings pitched (258).[4] He also led the AL in Walks + Hits per IP (WHIP) (.953). He was named to the American League All-Star team for the only time in his career, but did not pitch in the game.[4] The highlight of Horlen's season was a clutch performance on September 10 as the White Sox were involved in a four-way pennant race with the Twins, Boston Red Sox, and Detroit Tigers; he no-hit the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader at Comiskey Park. Not until the Tigers' Jack Morris no-hit the White Sox in 1984 would another no-hitter be pitched in a White Sox home game, and the next no-hitter by a White Sox in a White Sox home game wouldn't be pitched until 2007, by Mark Buehrle at U.S. Cellular Field.

Horlen recorded victories in his next three starts, the next one coming five days later against the Twins. However, on September 27, which would be known by White Sox fans as "Black Wednesday", the lowly Kansas City Athletics swept a doubleheader from the White Sox and effectively eliminated Eddie Stanky's "Hitless Wonders" (the White Sox led the Majors with a 2.45 earned run average but also posted a .225 batting average, with no regular batting above .250) from pennant contention. Horlen lost the second game, with 21-year-old Catfish Hunter shutting out the White Sox 4–0. The two games were the last played by the Athletics in Kansas City; they moved to Oakland for the start of the 1968 season. The White Sox finished fourth, three games behind the Red Sox who, after finishing next to last in 1966, won the pennant on the final day, finishing one game ahead of the Twins and Tigers.

Horlen finished runner-up to Jim Lonborg, the star of the Red Sox staff, in the American League Cy Young Award balloting, and 4th in MVP voting, won by another Red Sox, Carl Yastrzemski.[4]

In 1968 he led the AL in hit batsmen (14).[4] In 1970 he was 5th in walks/9 IP (2.14).[4]

In spring training of 1972, two weeks after voting unanimously in favor of a strike, the White Sox released Horlen, who had been the Sox’ player representative.

Oakland Athletics (1972)

He later signed with Oakland, and pitched mostly in relief as the Athletics won the World Series — the first World Series title for the franchise since the Philadelphia Athletics in 1930.

After the major leagues

In 1973 he pitched for the AA San Antonio Brewers, going 6-1 with a 2.87 ERA.[8]

In 1989, Horlen played for the St. Lucie Legends of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.[9]

In 2004, he was inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame.[2]

As of 2017, he was suffering from Alzheimers.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Google Books Ngram Viewer". Google. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c The lost memories of Joe Horlen - San Antonio Express-News
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 3, 2004. Retrieved 2013-08-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Joe Horlen Stats |
  5. ^ "Horlen, Joe". August 14, 1937. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
  6. ^ The Big Book of Jewish Sports People, by Peter Horvitz, page 53
  7. ^ The Big Book of Jewish Baseball - Peter S. Horvitz, Joachim Horvitz - Google Books
  8. ^ a b c d e Joe Horlen Minor Leagues Statistics & History |
  9. ^ "Joel Horlen". December 2, 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2011.

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Preceded by
Dean Chance
No-hitter pitcher
September 10, 1967
Succeeded by
Tom Phoebus
1961 Chicago White Sox season

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1962 Chicago White Sox season

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1963 Chicago White Sox season

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1964 Chicago White Sox season

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1966 Chicago White Sox season

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1967 Chicago White Sox season

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1967 Major League Baseball season

The 1967 Major League Baseball season was contested from April 10 to October 12, 1967. The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Boston Red Sox four games to three in the World Series, which was the first World Series appearance for the Red Sox in 21 years. Following the season, the Kansas City Athletics relocated to Oakland.

1968 Chicago White Sox season

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1969 Chicago White Sox season

The 1969 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 69th season in the major leagues, and its 70th season overall. They finished with a record 68–94, good enough for fifth place in the newly established American League West, 29 games behind the first-place Minnesota Twins.

The White Sox nearly left Chicago in 1969. White Sox owner Arthur Allyn, Jr. considered overtures from Bud Selig and other Milwaukee interests to move the club to County Stadium. Instead, he sold to his brother, John. The newly established Seattle Pilots would move there a year after their inaugural season.

1970 Chicago White Sox season

The 1970 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 70th season in the American League, and its 71st overall. They finished with a 56–106 record, their third-worst in 114 seasons of Major League Baseball, and finished in last position in the American League West, 42 wins behind the first-place Minnesota Twins.

This was their last season of 100 losses or more until 2018, when they reached the century mark on the final day of the season.

1971 Chicago White Sox season

The 1971 Chicago White Sox season was their 72nd season overall and 71st in the American League. They finished with a record 79–83, good enough for third place in the American League West, 22½ games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics.

1972 Oakland Athletics season

The 1972 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's winning the American League West with a record of 93 wins and 62 losses. In the playoffs, they defeated the Detroit Tigers in a five-game ALCS, followed by a seven-game World Series, in which they defeated the Cincinnati Reds for their first World Championship since 1930, when the club was in Philadelphia.

Alpine Cowboys

The Alpine Cowboys are a professional baseball team based in Alpine, Texas, in the Big Bend region of West Texas. The Cowboys are a franchise of the Pecos League, which is not affiliated with a Major League Baseball Organization. They play their home games at historic Kokernot Field, a 1,200 seat stone and wrought-iron replica of Chicago's Wrigley Field that dates from 1948.

Alpine and the Big Bend region have a long baseball history. From 1947 to 1958, the Alpine Cowboys, owned by West Texas rancher and philanthropist Herbert L. Kokernot, Jr., won a dozen regional semi-pro championships and were national runners-up. The team featured future major league stars, including Norm Cash, Gaylord Perry, and Joe Horlen. At the end of championship seasons, Kokernot presented each team member with a pair of handmade red cowboy boots emblazoned with the brand of his "o6" Ranch—a tradition that continues with the current Cowboys' cap insignia.

In 1959 the Boston Red Sox moved their minor league affiliate, the Lexington Red Sox of the Nebraska State League, to Alpine, and took the traditional name "Cowboys" for the team. The new Cowboys immediately won the Class D Sophomore League title and set the record for the highest winning percentage (88-35, .715) of any Red Sox minor league team. The 1959 champion team was managed by future Red Sox manager Eddie Popowski and featured three future major leaguers, rhp Don Schwall, who two years later won the American League Rookie of the Year award, 2B Chuck Schilling, who finished fourth behind Schwall in the same balloting, and lhp Guido Grilli. The 1960 team featured future California Angels all-star Jim Fregosi. In 1962 the Sophomore League folded and the team moved to Idaho, becoming the Pocatello Chiefs of the Class C Pioneer League.

Professional baseball returned to Alpine in 2009 with the Big Bend Cowboys of the Continental Baseball League. The team was founded by Frank Snyder, a Fort Worth law professor, who had previously founded the CBL's Texarkana Gunslingers and who brought several local investors from the Alpine area into the new team. It was successful on the field, losing in the league finals in 2009 to the Alexandria Aces, and winning the Ferguson Jenkins Trophy in 2010 as CBL champions. The CBL folded at the end of the 2010 season. The Cowboys were reorganized as a nonprofit corporation and along with another CBL team, the Las Cruces Vaqueros, became part of the new Pecos League for the 2011 season.

Dom Zanni

Dominick Thomas Zanni (March 1, 1932 – July 6, 2017) was a pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds iover all or parts of seven seasons spanning 1958–1966. Listed at 5' 11", 180 lb., he batted and threw right handed.

Born in The Bronx, New York, Zanni was signed by his home team New York Giants as an amateur free agent before the 1951 season. Over the following seasons, Zanni moved up the minor league baseball ranks. On June 5, 1954, Zanni pitched a no-hitter for the Sioux City Cowboys of the Western League. In 1956, Zanni was a spring training roster invitee, but was sent back to the minors before the season started. He spent the following seasons with the Louisville Colonels and the Phoenix Giants, and helped lead the Giants to the Pacific Coast League championship in 1958.This led to his Major League debut on September 28. He faced the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching four innings and allowing one run, earning the victory as the Giants won 7–2.Zanni spent the offseason in the Dominican League, then was back on the Giants' roster for the 1959 season. During the season, he pitched in 11 innings in nine games, striking out 11. After playing nine games and having an earned run average (ERA) of 6.55, he was sent back to Phoenix. Zanni spent the rest of the 1959 and 1960 seasons with the Tacoma Giants (formerly the Phoenix Giants), then spent the 1960 offseason in the Puerto Rican League, earning an ERA of 2.73 with six victories and no losses. After spending part of the 1961 season with Tacoma, where Zanni had a 2.65 ERA and an 8–4 record, he was called up to the San Francisco Giants' Major League roster on July 22, 1961. He went on to pitch eight games during the 1961 San Francisco Giants season, winning a game and posting an ERA of 3.75. After the season ended, on November 30 Zanni was traded along with player to be named later (Verle Tiefenthaler), Bob Farley, and Eddie Fisher to the Chicago White Sox for Billy Pierce and Don Larsen.The 1962 Chicago White Sox season ended up being Zanni's most productive season in his Major League career. He pitched a career-high 44 games over 86 innings, winning six games and losing five with an ERA of 3.75. This season was also the closest Zanni got to pitching a complete game. On June 22, 1962, in a game against the Kansas City Athletics, Zanni relieved Joe Horlen, who left the game due to injury before getting anyone out. In the seventh inning of the same game, he was knocked unconscious in a collision while covering first base, and went on to finish the game, pitching all nine innings in a 5–1 victory for the White Sox. He pitched in five games for the White Sox the following season. On May 5, 1963, he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for Jim Brosnan.Zanni played 31 games with the Reds in its 1963 season, finishing 16 of them and earning five saves and finishing with an ERA of 4.19. During the 1965 season, called up after the minor league season was over, he pitched in eight games and had 13 innings pitched, allowing two earned runs. The following season, he was again called up in September, and did not allow a run during the five games he pitched. His final Major League game was October 1, 1966. He played for the minor league Buffalo Bisons in 1967 before retiring.

After baseball, he spent 27 years in the insurance business before retiring to Massapequa, New York on Long Island.Zanni died in 2017 in Massapequa at the age of 85.

Joe (given name)

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Joe DeRita (1909-1993), American and actor

Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999), American baseball player

Joe Duttine (born 1974), English actor

Joe Egan (musician) (born 1946), Scottish musician

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Joe Lynch (director), American film and music video director

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Joe Montana (born 1956), American football player

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Joe Pavelski, San Jose Sharks winger

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Joe Perry (musician) (born 1950), stage name of American musician Anthony Joseph Pereira

Joe Perry (snooker player) (born 1974), English snooker player

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Joe Williams (disambiguation)

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Lincoln Links

The Lincoln Links were an American minor league baseball franchise that represented Lincoln, Nebraska, for 18 seasons over a 23-year period (1917–39) during the 20th century. They played in the Class A Western League (1917; 1924–27), the Class D Nebraska State League (1922–23; 1928–36; 1938) and the Class D Western League of 1939–41 (1939).

Lincoln was first represented in organized baseball in 1886 as the Tree Planters in the reorganized original Western League. Lincoln's 19th century teams played in various leagues between 1886 and 1895. In 1906, Lincoln joined the Class A Western League as the Ducklings (1906), Treeplanters (1907), Railsplitters (1908–13) and Tigers (1914–16). During this time, team nicknames were often unofficially assigned by sportswriters, and The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, published by Baseball America in 2007, lists other nicknames for the Lincoln franchise of the time, including Greenbackers and Antelopes.

Adopted in 1917, Links was the most widely used of the several nicknames associated with Lincoln teams during the 20th century. They played home games at Antelope Park (through 1917) and Landis Field (after 1922) and won Nebraska State League championships in 1923 (under manager O.A. Beltzer), and 1934 (under Cy Lingle and Pug Griffin). Upon the introduction of the farm system, the Links were linked with Major League Baseball's St. Louis Cardinals (1933–34), Cincinnati Reds (1936, as the Red Links), and St. Louis Browns (1938–39).

Luther Burbank High School (Texas)

Luther Burbank High School is a high school dedicated to the late Luther Burbank in San Antonio, Texas. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.

Tom Phoebus

Thomas Harold Phoebus (born April 7, 1942) is an American former Major League Baseball pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs between 1966 and 1972. He batted and threw right-handed.

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