Tuesday, August 7, 2012
On this day in 1936, White Sox catcher Jerry McNertney was born.
Jerry was signed by the Chicago Withe Sox as an amateur free agent before the 1958 season. Starting with the Holdrege White Sox Class D team in 1958, Jerry slowly worked his way up the Pale Hose minor league system until he made his debut in the 1964 season. Originally, McNertney was an outfielder and first baseman before being converted into a catcher during the 1961 season. All but fourteen games, one with the White Sox, were played at catcher during his MLB career.
After a return to the minors in 1965, Jerry was in the majors full time until the 1973 season. McNertney was never a full time catcher with the ChiSox. Jerry split duties each season he spent with the Sox. McNertney's time with Chicago came to an end during the expansion draft after the 1968 season. He was selected as the seventh pick in the draft by the Seattle Pilots. While in Seattle, he finally became a full time catcher. That luxury would last through his stay in Milwaukee in 1970. Jerry would go back to part time status in his final years with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates.