Friday, March 9, 2012

March 9

1972 Topps #685 - Joe Horlen

Joe Horlen was the White Sox player representative on this day in 1972, when the team voted 31-0, in favor to strike while the union and owners were in negotiations. The issues were mainly conflicts with the health and pension benefits of the players.

Two weeks after presenting the team's vote, Horlen was released, after spending parts of eleven seasons with the South Siders. This may have been in the best interests of Joe, as he obtained his only World Series ring in 1972, while a member of the Oakland Athletics. 1972 would be Horlen's last year in the majors. Proving that he could still play almost two decades later, in 1989, Horlen played for the St. Lucie Legends of the Senior Professional Baseball Association.

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