Friday, October 30, 2015

MISSING IN ACTION- 1973 JOE HORLEN

Let’s go and give long time starting pitcher Joe Horlen both a “missing” and career capping 1973 Topps card shall we? 
Here you go:
Horlen capped off a very nice 12-year career when he retired after the 1972 season, posting 32 appearances with the Oaklnad A’s after playing all eleven of his previous Major League seasons with the Chicago White Sox, for whom he had some really good seasons.
In 1972 he posted a 3-4 record with a 3.00 earned run average, with six starts and a save scattered among his 84 innings of work.
While with the White Sox Horlen had some all-star seasons, particularly his 1967 season when he went 19-7 with a league-leading 2.07 ERA and six shutouts.
Those numbers would good enough for a second place finish in the Cy Young race, as well as a fourth place finish in MVP voting.
Of his 12 years on a big league mound, Horlen posted five sub-3.00 ERA campaigns, all consecutive (between 1964 and 1968), with a low of 1.88 in 1964.
By the time he retired he finished with a 116-117 record with a nice 3.11 earned run average and 18 shutouts over 361 games, 290 of which were starts, and 2002 innings.


4 comments:

  1. Looks like he closed out his career with a year in the minors in 1973. Nice that he could pick up a ring in his last taste of major league action.

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  2. This card looks like it fits right in with the others. Gio's high numbers...

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  3. Sure does fit right in. A lot of the 73 A's cards were taken at their home park.

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