Joe Horlen Stats

Joe Horlen was born on Saturday, August 14, 1937, in San Antonio, Texas. Horlen was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 4, 1961, with the Chicago White Sox. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Joe Horlen baseball stats page.

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"We didn't [refrigerate baseballs]. I think that story takes away from our pitchers. It was an awfully good staff, right up there with the '72 A's (Horlen's last big league team). I'll tell you why the baseballs seemed cold. They were stored in an underground basket near the umpire. We didn't have ballgirls. The umpire would press a button when he wanted a ball, and the basket would pop up. The ball would sometimes feel cool in your hand after being underground awhile." - Joe Horlen in Baseball Digest (Al Doyle, "'67 White Sox: They Had Pitching, But No Punch", May 1987)

Joe Horlen

Joe Horlen Autograph on a 1989 Pacific Trading (#217)

Joe Horlen Autograph on a 1989 Pacific Trading (#217)

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Birth Name:
Joel Edward Horlen
Nickname:
Joe or Hard Luck Horlen
Born On:
08-14-1937  (Leo)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
San Antonio, Texas
Year of Death Data Died On:
Still Living ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Still Living
Cemetery:
n/a
High School:
Burbank High School (Burbank, TX)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
09-04-1961 (Age 24)
Last Game:
10-04-1972
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $50,000

Joe Horlen

Joe Horlen Pitching Stats

1961 24 White Sox 5 4 0 1 3 .250 6.62 0 0 0 17.2 88 25 13 15 2 13 0 11 2 0 0 -
1962 25 White Sox 20 19 1 7 6 .538 4.89 5 1 0 108.2 464 108 59 62 10 43 2 63 3 2 0 -
1963 26 White Sox 33 21 8 11 7 .611 3.27 3 0 0 124.0 533 122 45 50 10 55 8 61 3 2 0 -
1964 27 White Sox 32 28 2 13 9 .591 1.88 9 2 0 210.2 815 142 44 54 11 55 4 138 4 4 0 -
1965 28 White Sox 34 34 0 13 13 .500 2.88 7 4 0 219.0 890 203 70 88 16 39 9 125 8 3 0 -
1966 29 White Sox 37 29 3 10 13 .435 2.43 4 2 1 211.0 864 185 57 64 14 53 11 124 14 6 0 -
1967 30 White Sox 35 35 0 19 7 .731 2.06 13 6 0 258.0 995 188 59 66 13 58 4 103 5 4 0 -
1968 31 White Sox 35 35 0 12 14 .462 2.37 4 1 0 223.2 928 197 59 75 16 70 7 102 6 14 0 -
1969 32 White Sox 36 35 0 13 16 .448 3.78 7 2 0 235.2 1,001 237 99 105 20 77 10 121 9 5 0 -
1970 33 White Sox 28 26 1 6 16 .273 4.86 4 0 0 172.1 742 198 93 99 18 41 4 77 7 4 0 -
1971 34 White Sox 34 18 10 8 9 .471 4.26 3 0 2 137.1 575 150 65 72 12 30 2 82 3 5 1 -
1972 35 Athletics 32 6 6 3 4 .429 3.00 0 0 1 84.0 339 74 28 33 3 20 4 58 4 4 0 -
12 Years 361 290 31 116 117 .498 3.11 59 18 4 2,002.0 8,234 1,829 691 783 145 554 65 1,065 68 53 1 -

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Joe Horlen Hitting Stats

1961 24 White Sox 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 2 .000 .000 .000
1962 25 White Sox 20 38 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 11 4 0 0 0 .053 .100 .053
1963 26 White Sox 33 40 2 9 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 9 2 0 0 1 .225 .244 .225
1964 27 White Sox 32 69 2 11 0 0 0 0 5 2 0 11 8 0 0 0 .159 .183 .159
1965 28 White Sox 34 68 0 9 1 0 0 0 2 5 0 12 8 0 0 0 .132 .192 .147
1966 29 White Sox 64 60 6 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 12 4 1 0 1 .067 .095 .067
1967 30 White Sox 51 83 8 14 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 14 8 1 1 1 .169 .186 .181
1968 31 White Sox 41 67 2 7 0 1 0 0 3 3 0 13 5 0 0 1 .104 .143 .134
1969 32 White Sox 36 77 4 14 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 22 7 0 0 1 .182 .182 .195
1970 33 White Sox 28 52 2 6 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 14 5 0 0 2 .115 .148 .135
1971 34 White Sox 36 40 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 2 1 0 0 .100 .098 .100
1972 35 Athletics 32 17 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 .176 .176 .176
12 Years 412 618 29 83 4 1 0 0 26 18 0 127 54 3 1 10 .134 .159 .144

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Joe Horlen Fielding Stats

1961 White Sox P 5 4 53 6 1.2 6 3 3 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.06
1962 White Sox P 20 19 326 39 2.0 38 10 28 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .974 3.15
1963 White Sox P 33 21 372 34 1.0 34 4 30 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.47
1964 White Sox P 32 28 632 60 1.9 60 14 46 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.56
1965 White Sox P 34 34 657 54 1.6 51 10 41 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .944 2.10
1966 White Sox P 37 29 633 85 2.3 82 25 57 3 5 n/a n/a n/a .965 3.50
1967 White Sox P 35 35 774 82 2.3 82 29 53 0 4 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.86
1968 White Sox P 35 35 671 64 1.8 61 14 47 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .953 2.45
1969 White Sox P 36 35 707 48 1.3 45 13 32 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .938 1.72
1970 White Sox P 28 26 517 65 2.3 64 22 42 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .985 3.34
1971 White Sox P 34 18 412 39 1.1 37 10 27 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .949 2.42
1972 Athletics P 32 6 252 20 0.6 20 5 15 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.14
P Totals 361 290 6,006 596 1.7 580 159 421 16 17 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.61
12 Years 361 290 6,006 596 1.7 580 159 421 16 17 n/a n/a n/a .973 2.61

Joe Horlen

Joe Horlen Miscellaneous Stats

1961 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 0.0 0.85 5.60 6.62
1962 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 0.0 1.47 5.22 3.56
1963 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.4 13.3 1.11 4.43 3.99
1964 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 6.3 13.8 2.51 5.90 2.35
1965 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 5.7 34.0 3.21 5.14 1.60
1966 White Sox 1 0 1.000 0 27 n/a 0.0 5.0 60.0 2.34 5.29 2.26
1967 White Sox 0 1 .000 0 16 n/a 0.0 5.9 16.6 1.78 3.59 2.02
1968 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 6 n/a 0.0 5.2 22.3 1.46 4.10 2.82
1969 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.5 15.4 1.57 4.62 2.94
1970 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 3.7 52.0 1.88 4.02 2.14
1971 White Sox 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 13.3 40.0 2.73 5.37 1.97
1972 Athletics 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 4.3 0.0 2.90 6.21 2.14
12 Years 1 1 .500 0 50 n/a 0.0 4.9 23.8 1.92 4.79 2.49

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Joe Horlen Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1961 Chicago White Sox 20 Undetermined - -
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1972 Oakland Athletics 22 Undetermined - Stats
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Did you know that Joe Horlen was the first baseball player to appear on baseball teams that won a Pony League World Series (1952), a College World Series ( 1959 ), and a Major League World Series ( 1972 )? Joel recalls:

"Winning all those different World Series, they're all good. The major league World Series was more boisterous. We poured 100 bottles of Champagne on each other. Then had to get back on the airplane and go back to Oakland. The party continued on the airplane. We got in about 2 o'clock in the morning. Opened a couple of bars for us there, then celebrated some more. Had to be at the park at 8 o'clock in the morning and be ready for the parade. They served cocktails there, too."

Source: The Oklahoman. Berry Tramel. September 10, 2011. Collected wisdom: Joel Horlen, former OSU baseball player. Link .

Hard Luck Horlen was the fifteenth Chicago White Sox ERA Champion in franchise history (2.06 ERA in 1967), the American League leader in shutouts (6) that same year, and while wearing pale hose he threw seven complete game 4-hitters, eight complete game 3-hitters, four complete game 2-hitters, and one no-hitter, the twelfth by a White Sox pitcher. Baseball Almanac is honored to present this exclusive description of Horlen's no-no researched and written by author Rich Westcott ( RichWestcott.com / Rich Westcott Books ), original text from No-Hitters (McFarland, 02/15/2000, 'Joe Horlen', Page 234):

Joe Horlen No Hitter (Box Score: 09-10-1967 )

Righthander Joe Horlen had come close once before to hurling a no-hitter. In 1963, he had gone 8 1/3 innings before giving up a single to the Washington Senators' Chuck Hinton (one out later, he lost the game when Don Lock slugged a two-run homer) [ box ].

It was a different story on Monday, September 10 when Horlen and the third place White Sox went up against Joe Sparma and the fourth place Detroit Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader before 23,625 at Comiskey Park. The 30-year-old Horlen carried a 15-6 record into the battle.

Horlen's curve wasn't working, so he used almost exclusively fastballs and sinkers. The Tigers were handcuffed, and could manage just two base-runners while hitting only three balls to the outfield. Horlen struck out four and walked none, and went to three ball counts only five times, four of them with the count reaching 3-2.

Overall, Horlen faced 28 batters, one over the minimum. Chicago , which also won the second game, 4-0 [ box ], made his job easy by scoring five runs in the first inning. Sparma dropped a throw while covering first on Bill Voss's grounder allowing Tommie Agee , who had singled and stolen second, to score. After Ken Boyer's single, Pete Ward singled home one run, Wayne Causey tripled in two more and Horlen knocked in the fifth marker with a single. Chicago's only other run came in the eighth on a single by Causey , a passed ball and J.C. Martin's RBI single.

Horlen started strongly in the first by retiring Dick McAuliffe on a hopper to the mound, and striking out Norm Cash and Al Kaline . The Tigers hit three easy grounders in the second before getting their first base runner when Bill Freehan was hit by a pitch leading off the third. Freehan reached third on two successive ground outs, but died there when McAuliffe flew out to center.

Detroit's only other base-runner came leading off the fifth when Boyer , a former third baseman now playing first, fumbled Eddie Mathews ' grounder for an error. Mathews , however, was quickly erased as Jim Northrup hit a bouncer back to the mound where Horlen launched a 1-6-3 double play. Freehan then lined out to short.

Horlen got two more ground outs in the sixth and three in the seventh before the Tigers finally managed to get another ball out of the infield on Mathews ' fly to right in the eighth. Northrup followed with another fly to center and pinch-hitter Gates Brown struck out on a 3-2 pitch.

In the ninth, Horlen had to face three straight lefthanders. In what was the best defensive play of the game, Causey went deep in the hole behind second to make a backhanded stop of Jerry Lumpe's hard grounder. Causey's acrobatic throw to first just nipped the slow-footed runner, touching off a heated debate between Lumpe and Tiger manager Mayo Smith and umpire Johnny Stevens.

Bill Heath then hit a twisting roller to short. Don Buford came over from third base to field the ball and throw to first for the second out. The third out was the easiest. McAuliffe hit a routine bouncer to short. Ron Hansen made the pickup and threw to first where defensive replacement Cotton Nash ended the game with his third putout of the inning.

Joe Horlen No-Hitter
Joe Horlen No-Hitter ( Box Score ) | The Pantagraph | September 11, 1967 | Page 10
When Joe Horlen made his major league debut [ box ], he wasn't wearing a number on his uniform! "I was actually supposed to start the next day's game. Because of that the Sox felt they were going to have some time getting a jersey for me. I was sitting in the bullpen wearing my warm up jacket because I was a little embarrassed and the guys were giving it to me. Then during the middle of the game the phone rings and Al Lopez said to get me up and ready. The Sox had used a lot of pitchers in the series right before going to Minnesota and they were shorthanded. So I go in and right as I'm ready to throw my first pitch in the majors, Twins manager Sam Mele called time and went out to talk with the home plate umpire. Mele is talking and then he points to me and shrugs his shoulders like 'who the heck is that guy?' Everyone got a good laugh out of it including myself and it might have helped me since it relieved the tension ( Source )."

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