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.
"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 Autograph on a 1989 Pacific Trading (#217)
Joe Horlen Pitching Stats
Joe Horlen Hitting Stats
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|
Joe Horlen Miscellaneous Stats
|Baserunning Statistics||Other Positions||Common Hitting Ratios||Common Pitching Ratios|
|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|
Joe Horlen Miscellaneous Items of Interest
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|1961 Chicago White Sox||20||Undetermined||-||-|
|1962 Chicago White Sox||20||Undetermined||-||-|
|1963 Chicago White Sox||20||Undetermined||-||-|
|1964 Chicago White Sox||20||Undetermined||-||-|
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|1966 Chicago White Sox||20||Undetermined||-||-|
|1967 Chicago White Sox||20||Undetermined||Stats||-|
|1968 Chicago White Sox||20||Undetermined||-||-|
|1969 Chicago White Sox||20||Undetermined||-||-|
|1970 Chicago White Sox||20||Undetermined||-||-|
|1971 Chicago White Sox||20||Undetermined||-||-|
|1972 Oakland Athletics||22||Undetermined||-||Stats|
|Joe Horlen Stats by Baseball Almanac|
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 ( 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 )."