In Memory of Joe Hoerner

Joe Hoerner - Baseball Pitcher, 60
The New York Times
October 7, 1996

(c) Houston Astros
ST. LOUIS, Oct. 6 (AP) - Joe Hoerner, who was a relief pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals' championship teams of the 1960's, died Friday in a farming accident at a friend's farm in Herrmann, Mo. He was 60.

Mr. Hoerner was planting a field and had apparently climbed off a tractor to move an object, said his daughter, Jolene Vollmer. He was killed when the tractor ran him over.

Mr. Hoerner was born and raised on a 250-acre farm near Dubuque, Iowa.

He was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1957 but almost left baseball a year later when he had a heart attack while pitching for Davenport. Doctors found no permanent damage to his heart but advised him to change his delivery to sidearm, believing that his overhand motion hampered his circulation.

He was 5-1 with 13 saves and a 1.54 earned run average in 1966. In 1967, when the Cardinals won the World Series over the Boston Red Sox, he was 4-4 with 15 saves. The next season, when the Cardinals lost in the World Series to the Detroit Tigers, he was the best left-handed reliever in the league with a 1.47 e.r.a. and an 8-2 record with 17 saves.

Mr. Hoerner is survived by his father, Walter; his wife, Darlene; a son, Ronald; two daughters, Sharon McDaniel, and Ms. Vollmer, and three grandchildren.