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James Jerome O'Toole

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Jim O'Toole is the brother of Dennis O'Toole.

O'Toole's stellar 19-win season in 1961 was a major factor in the Cincinnati Reds' surprise winning of the National League pennant that season. He was matched against Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees in both of his starts in the 1961 World Series, and he lost both games. He continued to pitch effectively for several years after that, but his career ended prematurely at age 30 due to a shoulder injury.

He was the starting pitcher for the National League in the 1963 All-Star Game.

He raised 11 children (6 girls and 5 boys) with wife Betty Jane in Cincinnati, OH and had 33 grandchildren as of 2007. Jim Bouton mentions his large family in Ball Four (both pitchers were trying to make the Seattle Pilots' pitching staff in spring training in 1969. Bouton made it, but O'Toole did not, and was pitching in an industrial league by the end of the year, leading Bouton to reflect that it could easily have been him ending up in that position.

He was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame 1972.

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