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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Joel Horlen, former OSU baseball player

Catching up with the traceable Joel Horlen.

Horlen, now 74, is believed to be the only person to play on teams that won the Pony League World Series, the College World Series and the major league World Series.

We had a good pitching staff. Led the league in four or five different categories. I still didn’t get pitcher of the year award.

I faced a bunch of good hitters. Tony Oliva won the batting title every year. That’s about the only guy I can remember that I really didn’t like facing. I know I gave up enough hits to everybody else. He was by far the best. I tried to hit him one time, right in the neck. He just stepped to the side and hit a double down the left-field line.

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.

 

Repoz Posted: September 10, 2011 at 10:56 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: college, history, reds, white sox

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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: September 10, 2011 at 11:28 PM (#3921229)
At his age, when your name and career are noted in a headline, 95 pct chance is that you're dead.
   2. GGC Posted: September 10, 2011 at 11:44 PM (#3921241)
Partial version of post 4.
   3. Bruce Markusen Posted: September 10, 2011 at 11:45 PM (#3921242)
Sometimes he was referred to as Joel, and sometimes as Joe; I could never figure out which he preferred. He was part of that great A's bullpen in 1972. Good to hear that he's still kicking.
   4. GGC Posted: September 10, 2011 at 11:52 PM (#3921244)
I know about Horlen mainly because Steve Kreviskey did a couple of presentations at SABR meetings touting him for the 1967 Cy Young Award 35 years after the fact.
   5. gef the talking mongoose, amorphous lefty blob Posted: September 11, 2011 at 12:05 AM (#3921250)
He & Joe Hoerner were both pitching when I started following baseball. That was very confusing.
   6. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 11, 2011 at 12:54 AM (#3921277)
my favorite Joel Horlen picture

At his age, when your name and career are noted in a headline, 95 pct chance is that you're dead.


my first reaction was that it was another obit, yeah...
   7. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: September 11, 2011 at 01:19 AM (#3921314)
you beat me to it, Bruce--sometimes Joel, sometimes Joe--never understood that
   8. asinwreck Posted: September 11, 2011 at 01:35 AM (#3921333)
Jesus, yeah, for a second I thought he had joined Jesse Jefferson in the Great Comiskey Bullpen in the Sky.
   9. Bruce Markusen Posted: September 11, 2011 at 02:10 AM (#3921384)
It's a little odd that his career ended with that '72 season. He pitched well out of the Oakland pen, but then Finley released him, probably in a cost-cutting move. No one was willing to give him a major league deal. He pitched out of the Indian farm system in '73, but never made it back to the bigs.
   10. Lest we forget Posted: September 11, 2011 at 08:07 AM (#3921676)
"After retiring in 1972, Horlen became a pitching coach who once told a minor league prospect, "For each guy you strike out, you pay me five bucks.""

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