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MikeW
06-18-2008, 12:00 AM
Just heard of the passing of another Sox player from my youth,pitcher John Buzhardt. John pitched for the Sox from 1962-67. Underated and virtually forgotten when talking about those great Sox pitching staffs of the 60's. He was 71 and had been in ill health for quite a while.

Lip Man 1
06-18-2008, 09:56 AM
Those of us who remember what many consider the "Golden Age" (51-67) of White Sox baseball may have missed this, but Johnny Buzhardt a pitcher on those terrific Sox clubs of the 1960's died last night at the age of 71 at his home in South Carolina.

Unfortunately I never did get the chance to interview him but I've spoken with a number of his teammates (ironically I'm doing an interview in a few hours with one of them) and they have told me that he was a good pitcher and a noted Yankee killer.

Here's the link to Bob Vanderberg's story on Johnny:

http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-080617-johnny-buzhardt- (http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/cs-080617-johnny-buzhardt-chicago-white-sox-cubs,1,3187926.story)

J.C. Martin in his interview with WSI spoke about Johnny and what it was like to catch him if you are interested.

I always wondered what might have happened in 1963 had Johnny not missed half the season with an arm injury, especially after he was off to a 9-4 start with a 2.43 ERA.

RIP #30

Lip

wilburaga
06-18-2008, 10:30 AM
After that 5-0 shutout of the Yankees by Buzhardt in August 1964 Phil Linz made his debut on the harmonica.

7-0 vs. the Yankees. RIP, Johnny.

W

Dick Allen
06-18-2008, 10:58 AM
He was a pretty good pitcher with the Phillies, Sox were fortunate to get him. RIP.

Procol Harum
06-18-2008, 11:04 AM
RIP Johnny Buzhardt--because those mid-60s Sox pitching staffs were so good you were underappreciated. We'd sure be happy to have your likes now.

Lip Man 1
06-18-2008, 12:25 PM
Procol:

A big amen to that!

Lip

Paulwny
06-18-2008, 01:49 PM
After that 5-0 shutout of the Yankees by Buzhardt in August 1964 Phil Linz made his debut on the harmonica.

7-0 vs. the Yankees. RIP, Johnny.

W

I remember that game and the melee that followed on the yankee bus when Linz started playing his harmonica.
RIP Johnny

Lip Man 1
06-18-2008, 02:16 PM
That game was played on August 20, 1964 and in that game Al Lopez called on Buzhardt to execute a suicide squeeze in the second inning with Ron Hansen (never a speedster) on 3rd base.

Yes Buzhardt pulled it off and Hansen scored.

Lip

Medford Bobby
06-18-2008, 11:21 PM
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