Dennis O'Toole

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Dennis Joseph O'Toole

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Dennis O'Toole got a cup of coffee five years in a row with the Chicago White Sox from 1969 to 1973. In all, he appeared in 15 games with 30 1/3 innings of work but did not have a single decision. He was 20 years old in 1969.

Oddly enough, he lasted with the White Sox longer than most of the members of the pitching staff in his first season. Tommy John and Joe Horlen, both starters, left after the 1971 season. Others like Goose Gossage and Terry Forster came up during the time O'Toole was getting his cups of coffee with the White Sox, but they managed to stick around. Wilbur Wood, however, was on the team with O'Toole the five years.

He was the brother of Jim O'Toole, who was 12 years older and whose major league career was over before Dennis hit the bigs for the first time. Because Jim pitched for the Cincinnati Reds, Dennis was able to be a bat boy for the Reds in the early 1960s.

Dennis pitched for the Duluth-Superior Dukes in 1968, with an ERA of 2.56. His minor league career stretched from 1967 to 1975 on twelve teams. Five of the seasons were in Triple A.

After baseball, Dennis became Assistant Director of Motor Carriers for the Kentucky State Government Department of Transportation.

One source: Northern League Players who Played in the Majors.

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