Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Horlen Around: Sunday, September 3rd, 1967


CHI 4, BOS 1 W-Horlen 11-13 L-Bell 12-8 HR-Ward(22)Martin(4)Yaz(38) Horlen 1-hitter.

CLE 3, CAL 0 W-Hargan 9-10 L-Clark 6-13

BAL 11, KC 2 W-Richert 9-10 L-Dobson 4-14 HR-Blair(12)

DET 5, MIN 3 W-Lolich 19-5 L-Kaat 11-12 S-Gladding(27) HR-Mathews(4)Oliva(24)

NY 6, WAS 3 W-Barber 3-1 L-Coleman 3-16 S-Womack(23) HR-Howard(30)McMullen(10)Mantle(32) Mantle 4 rbi.

Joel Horlen is mobbed by teammates after his 1967 no-hitter
Joel Horlen stopped the heavy-hitting Red Sox cold, allowing only 4 balls out of the infield. Only a 1-out HR by Yaz in the 7th prevented Joel from notching his second no-hitter of the season, having stopped the Yankees without a hit on April 19th at Comiskey Park for his first win of the season. Horlen also has two other one-hitters and a pair of two-hitters, though he somehow lost one of each due to lack of hitting by his teammates. Not to be overlooked is how the Chisox came into Fenway Park and took 3 of 4 from Boston, with the only loss by a single run.

The Twins had a chance to sweep the banged-up Tigers, and could have, but they squandered several golden scoring opportunities as well as making 3 errors in the Sunday defeat. The Tigers' Norm Cash lasted exactly an inning before finding a rabid possum attached to his foot. This meant he had to leave again, Freehan had to move back to 1st base, and Jim Price ("Nice area, great folks!") had to stop stuffing himself full of hot dogs and get back behind the plate, delaying his future career as color commentator and wind-up buffoon on Tigers' radio broadcasts. For the Twins, infielder Zoilo Versalles, who had done absolutely nothing all season long, went 6-for-12 in the series with three hits and two doubles on Sunday. Then he got up and flew around the ballpark while singing the song of his people, whoever his people are. 

Joe Coleman of the woebegone Senators found himself with a 3-1 lead, the bases empty, and one out to get to qualify for a very rare win. So, naturally, he walked opposing pitcher Steve "The Maglie" Barber, leading to a New York rally. Joe was removed from the contest but not soon enough. Reliever Dick "Let's Do Some" Lines came in and immediately coughed up a three-run jack to Mickey Mantle. New York swept 4 at the Stadium from the pathetic Nats and took 14 of 18 from them on the season. "Thanks for single-handedly making our season a success!" cried the Yanks as the Washington nine departed Gotham.
Dick "Let's Do Some" Lines

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