He was included in the original lyrics to Van Lingle Mungo, rhyming with Johnny Kucks. He also had one of the most bipolar seasons in baseball history the season before coming to the White Sox.
In 1952, he was 5-19 with an ERA of almost 4, which wasn't very good in a season when the 10th best ERA among starters was 2.90 and there were only eight teams in the league. Taking away just three of his wins, this three shutouts, he would have had an ERA of 4.6. One of his shutouts was a one-hitter. Two of his shutouts were no-hitters.