Jim O'Toole

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Jim O'Toole
James Jerome OToole full shot, circa 1963.jpg
Born: (1937-01-10) January 10, 1937 (age 78)
Chicago, Illinois
Batted: Switch Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 26, 1958 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
July 22, 1967 for the Chicago White Sox
Career statistics
Win–loss record 98–84
Earned run average 3.57
Strikeouts 1,039
Career highlights and awards

James Jerome O'Toole (born January 10, 1937) is a former left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball during the early 1960s.

College and minor league[edit]

After graduating from Chicago's Leo High School, O'Toole attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He made his Major League Debut with the Reds after only one minor league season, with the 1958 Nashville Vols, where he led the AA Southern Association in wins (20), innings pitched, strikeouts and bases on balls.

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

From 1961–64, he won 19, 16, 17 and 17 games for the Cincinnati Reds, from 1961 to 1963 respectively 3rd, tied for 8th, and tied for 10th in the National League. He played a crucial role in Cincinnati's 1961 National League championship, when he won 19 of 28 decisions, with an earned run average of 3.10, second in the National League behind Warren Spahn. He was named Player of the Month for September with a 5–0 record, 2.53 ERA, and 37 strike outs. He finished 10th in MVP voting. Though pitching effectively in the 1961 World Series, with an earned run average of 3.00, O'Toole lost his two decisions to Whitey Ford in games 1 and 4, as the New York Yankees bested the Reds in five games. In 1963, he was the starting pitcher of the National League in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game (his only appearance at the Summer Classic), pitching 2 innings and allowing 1 earned run, not involved in the decision. In 1964, he continued as an elite pitcher, with a career-best earned run average of 2.66, 6th in the National League, and a win-lost percentage of .708, third in the National League behind Sandy Koufax and Juan Marichal, two members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

In all of parts of ten seasons (1958–67), O'Toole won 98 and lost 84, with an ERA of 3.57.

Chicago White Sox[edit]

O'Toole played in Cincinnati until his final season, 1967, spent with his hometown team, the Chicago White Sox, but was ineffective due to arm troubles. O'Toole tried to return with a 1969 expansion team, the Seattle Pilots, but was cut in spring training before the season began.


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Preceded by
Warren Spahn
Major League Player of the Month
September, 1961
Succeeded by
Bob Purkey