Our list of minor league hopefuls showcased their skills after inking a contract with a major league franchise.
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Chicago White Sox Minor League Players 1963-1964
Stats and Scouting Reports
Fred Talbot Pitcher RH … Born on June 28 1941 – In 1963 Fred Talbot pitched for Lynchburgh SL 2A and compiled a sterling 18-6 record with 142 strikeouts in 194 innings. Scouting report read – Good fastball, good curve and fine control. Fred Talbot joined White Sox in ’64 after season started and posted a 4-5 w/l with a 3.70 ERA in 12 starts, 3 complete games, plus 5 relief appearances. Prior to the next season he was sent to Kansas City Athletics in a 3-team (with Cleveland), 8-player trade involving All-Stars Tommy John, Rocky Colavito, Tommy Agee, Jim Landis and Mike Hershberger, Johnny Romano and Cam Carreon.
Gerald Jerry McNertney Catcher RH … Born Aug 7 1936 – The 6 ft 180 lbs Jerry McNertney replaced a retiring longtime major league catcher Sherm Lollar (1946-1963). Jerry broke into the majors with Chicago in 1964 and hit .215 in 73 games. McNertney played four seasons with White Sox and prior to ’68 he was selected in the AL expansion draft by the Seattle Pilots, there he batted .241 in 128 games. After one season the Pilots moved to Milwaukee and took the nickname Brewers. The Brewers traded Jerry to St. L Cardinals after one season.
Fritz Ackley Pitcher Bats Left, T RH … Born on April 10 1937 – Pitching with Indianapolis Triple-A in 1963 at age 26 he fashioned a splendid 18-5 record with a 2.76 ERA. Fritz Ackley had limited major league time. Had a 1-0 record in 5 games total for ’63 and ’64 with White Sox.
Ken Berry Centerfielder RH … 6 ft 175 lbs Born in Kansas City Missouri – In 1963 Ken Berry hit .234 for Indianapolis Triple A and in late Sept played 12 games with Chicago. The speedy Ken Berry patrolled centerfield from 1962 thru 1970, at the old and huge, double-decked Comiskey Park on Chicago’s South Side, and he did it better than 90 % of major league centerfielders. In 157 games in 1965 Berry batted .218 with 17 doubles, 4 triples and 12 home runs. In 1966 Ken hit .271 with 20 D, 2 T and 8 HR.
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