Born: August 14, 1937|
San Antonio, Texas
|September 4, 1961 for the Chicago White Sox|
Last MLB appearance
|October 4, 1972 for the Oakland Athletics|
|Earned run average||3.11|
Career highlights and awards
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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.
Major league career
Chicago White Sox (1961–71)
Horlen was signed by the Chicago White Sox in
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He made his Major League debut against the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a September 4,
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Horlen pitched as a spot starter in his first two full seasons with the White Sox.
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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).
Horlen’s best season was in
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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 would move to Oakland for the start of the
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In 1968 he led the AL in hit batsmen (14). In 1970 he was 5th in walks/9 IP (2.14).
In spring training of
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Oakland Athletics (1972)
After the major leagues
- List of Major League Baseball leaders in career wins
- List of Major League Baseball ERA champions
- List of Major League Baseball no-hitters
- List of select Jewish baseball players
- "Google Books Ngram Viewer". Google. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
- Archived January 3, 2004 at the Wayback Machine
- "Joel Horlen – BR Bullpen". Baseball-reference.com. December 2, 2007. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
- "Horlen, Joe : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum". Jewsinsports.org. August 14, 1937. Retrieved January 22, 2011.
- The Big Book of Jewish Sports People by Peter Horvitz page 53
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
- Baseball Cube stats
- Fangraphs stats
- BR Bullpen profile
- Horlen's "Jews in Sports" profile
- Boxscore of Horlen's 1967 no-hitter
- Oral History Interview with Joel Horlen, Oklahoma Oral History Research Program at the OSU Library
September 10, 1967
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