Burt Hooton
American professional baseball player, pitcher, coach
Burt Hooton
Burt Carlton Hooton, nicknamed "Happy", is an American former right-handed starting pitcher and current coach in Major League Baseball. He won 151 games over a 15-year career, mostly with the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers. Hooton's career began auspiciously with a no-hitter in his fourth major league game for the Cubs, but he gained perhaps his widest recognition for his several playoff performances with the Dodgers.
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Cubs Post 5th Consecutive Win
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
CHICAGO -- May was miserable for Wade Miley. The left-hander lost his fourth straight decision Friday and was roughed up for seven runs and three home runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks lost 7-2 to the Chicago Cubs. Miley (3-5), an All-Star as a rookie last season, has given up 22 earned runs over his past four starts. In six May starts, he's gone 1-5 and posted a 7.34 ERA. Despite struggling early, Miley managed to last seven innings, allowing no runs in his final four frames and retiring 13 of the final 14 batters he faced. "Pretty frustrated," Miley said of his May performance. "But you got to take those four innings, I feel like that's more me. I got to move on from there. Throw the other stuff behind me. Quit thinking, get the mental stuff out of my head and just go pitch, you know, compete." Miley's tough start was the second in a row for Arizona, which has lost four straight on the road. On Thursday, Brandon McCarthy lasted 2 2-3 innings and allowed nin ...
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Wood Hits Grand Slam In Cubs' 8-3 Win Over Sox
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CHICAGO -- Travis Wood and the rest of the Chicago Cubs pitchers are starting to turn the ninth spot in the batting order into a productive part of the lineup. Wood hit a fourth-inning grand slam off Jake Peavy and allowed two runs in six innings to lead the way in an 8-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Wrigley Field on Thursday. "Our whole staff has been hitting," Wood said, after his grand slam gave Cubs pitchers 19 RBIs for May, a National League record for one month according to the team. "We take pride in our hitting, being able to help ourselves out, just being able to handle the bat. "That way we're not just a dead out." Wood wasn't the only Cubs player hitting home runs against the White Sox on a day with the wind blowing out 24 mph. Nate Schierholtz and Luis Valbuena each hit their sixth home runs of the year in an 11-hit effort by the Cubs offense, keying a fourth straight win overall and third consecutive convincing victory over their ...
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Week 5 High School Football Picks: Where's Amy Adams when I need her?
The Morning Call - Blogs - over 4 years
I don't go to the movies much anymore. Too expensive, especially since I have to have snacks. Too time-consuming, and at least half the time I fall asleep. Plus, I have HBO and Showtime and figure I can wait to see them in my own living room albeit six or nine months later. But because we had a theater gift card, the other night my wife and I saw "Trouble With The Curve," the baseball-oriented movie with Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake and John Goodman. The plot was weak and easily figured out. The characters were the kind we've seen a thousand times before and the baseball scenes were not real realistic, except for the obnoxious, money-driven phenom Eastwood, Adams and Timberlake went to North Carolina to scout. Yet, this was a movie that my wife and I both enjoyed. I don't know why she enjoyed it (maybe Timberlake), but I can tell you I enjoyed it because of Amy Adams. She comes across as a dream girl for the sports fan -- able to fire back baseball trivi ...
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Gary Gaetti to Lead Sugar Land Franchise in the Atlantic League - New York Baseball Digest
Google News - over 5 years
He was promoted to hitting coach for the Astros on July 14, 2004 when the team dismissed manager Jimy Williams, hitting coach Harry Spilman, and pitching coach Burt Hooton. The Astros would make it to the World Series that year
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Astros Sunday Roundup: Unpicking Rotation Questions - SB Nation
Google News - over 5 years
At least Happ is making the league minimum, and can be sent back down to Oklahoma City whenever Doug Brocail wants to pawn a problem off on Burt Hooton. Myers however will make $10m next year, a large amount if he pitches like a fifth starter again,
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The Best Fan Moments in Sports - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Phillies Fans Chase Burt Hooton off the Mound It was the 1977 NLCS between the Phillies and Dodgers, again in the second inning, and Hooton had a 2-0 lead. But after not getting a strike called that would have ended the inning, Hooton lost his cool and
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J.A. Happ To Take Lyles' Rotation Spot - SB Nation Houston (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
He pitched 18 very solid minor league innings, but unless he and Burt Hooton have solved the underlying issues, we will be watching an early season re-run. He may have left to right tilt on his pitches, but no real late sink on his fastball
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10000 days of paying Omar Vizquel to play baseball - Hardball Times
Google News - over 5 years
1971 In two different games, both Bill Mazeroski and Billy Williams join the 2000 hit club. It took Maz 2117 games to did it, but Williams did it in only 1751 contests. 1971 Minor leaguer Burt Hooton fans 19 players in a game. 1971 Johnny Bench blasts
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SHELTON: Boulder should make pitch to host regional - Daily Camera
Google News - over 5 years
Long gone are the days when Bauldie Moschetti would stack his semi-pro Boulder Collegians team with the likes of Joe Carter, Burt Hooton, Larry Gura, Tony Gwynn and former Fairview standout Jay Howell. Fielding a team for the first time in 1964,
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Ervin Santana owns Indians for Angels' first no-no since 1984 - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
Ferguson Jenkins (July 27, no-hitter) and Burt Hooton (April 16, 1-hitter) did it for the Cubs against the Phillies. Ervin Santana had a Game Score of 94 in his no-hitter on Wednesday. That's tied for the highest Game Score this season
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Astros won't lose 100 and more second half predictions - Houston Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Still think Burt Hooton would help, but a 20-loss season isn't in JA's future. Bullpen. The blight of the first half becomes the highlight of the second half. If GM Ed Wade can find a veteran on the waiver wire or another player steps up,
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Visit to Dr. Hooton in OKC might be a nice diversion for JA Happ - Houston Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Maybe it's time for JA Happ to get some Burt Hooton time. He apparently does have an option left, so it's not a far fetched idea. After Happ's 11th loss of the season Thursday night, he told reporters: “To be honest with you, I don't even want a break
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2011 College World Series: Top 25 Players in NCAA Baseball History - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Burt Hooton enjoyed a long, 15-year career with the Cubs and Dodgers and since retiring, he has enjoyed a great deal of success as a pitching coach. Before that, Hooton was a star for the University of Texas. At Texas, Hooton compiled a 35-3 record and
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Taking the over-the-top approach: Wright improves after abandoning sidearm ... - Houston Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
“He didn't feel comfortable down there, so he gradually moved it back up,” Oklahoma City pitching coach Burt Hooton said. “Dropping down or arm angle wasn't his problem; his problem was throwing strikes. He's doing a better job of that lately
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Gone farmin': Astros AAA pitching coach Hooton on Lyles, Abad - Houston Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
OKLAHOMA CITY — Astros Class AAA pitching coach Burt Hooton, a former big league All-Star and veteran of the organization, was kind enough to take the time to talk about a few of his pitchers yesterday. It would have been the low point of his day had
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After Abad's promising AAA stint, lefty looks to bounce back in return to majors - Houston Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
(Karen Warren/Chronicle) When Fernando Abad first got to Class AAA Oklahoma City, RedHawks pitching coach Burt Hooton asked him a simple question. “He said 'what are you doing here,' ” Abad recalled when he arrived back in the big leagues Thursday
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Brandon Lyon returns to DL, may undergo surgery - Houston Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
... City on May 17 to work on his command after compiling a 7.43 ERA in 22 outings with the Astros. Since returning to Class AAA, he has a 3.55 ERA and has walked one and struck out 16, gaining him the endorsement of RedHawks pitching coach Burt Hooton
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Sun Devil 101: ASU-Texas baseball rivalry started strong in 1969 - AZ Central.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Texas' Burt Hooton, both future major leaguers. With Gura weakened by the flu, Hooton dominated with a three-hitter in a 4-0 CWS opening win. But ASU bounced back with three more appearance, capping a 19-2 season, and the Sun Devils won five in a row
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Burt Hooton
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 63
    In 2013, he was hired as the pitching coach for the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the Class-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 55
    In 2005 he returned to Round Rock as pitching coach until 2010, when the team moved to Oklahoma City, where he worked in the same position through the end of the 2012 season.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 47
    He returned to the University of Texas again, as the pitching coach from 1997–1999.
    More Details Hide Details In 2000 started the season as the pitching coach at Double-A Round Rock, a Houston Astros affiliate, before being named pitching coach of the major league club midway through the season where he stayed until mid-season 2004 when manager Jimy Williams was fired. Nonetheless, one of the pitchers he coached, fellow Longhorn Roger Clemens, won the Cy Young Award that season.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1990
    Age 40
    He moved up to the pitching coach of the Double-A San Antonio Missions from 1990–1994 and then in 1995–96 with the Triple-A Albuquerque Dukes.
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  • 1988
    Age 38
    Hooton returned to the University of Texas to earn his degree in journalism and then began a career as a pitching coach. He first worked in the Dodgers organization in 1988 with the Class A Salem (Oregon) Dodgers.
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  • 1985
    Age 35
    Hooton played his last season in 1985 for the Texas Rangers after signing with them as a free agent, going 5-8.
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  • 1984
    Age 34
    Hooton remained with the Dodgers for three more years, but with a combined record of just 16-21; he spent most of 1984 in the bullpen.
    More Details Hide Details Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda nicknamed him "Happy" because Hooton rarely smiled.
  • 1981
    Age 31
    Hooton's career began auspiciously with a no-hitter in his fourth major league game for the Cubs, but he gained perhaps his widest recognition for his several playoff performances with the Dodgers. His only All-Star appearance was in 1981, when he also was named the NLCS Most Valuable Player on the way to helping the Dodgers to a World Series championship with four postseason wins in five appearances. He is currently the pitching coach of the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the Class-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Hooton attended Richard King High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, leading the Mustangs to a 4A State Championship in the school's second year of operation in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details Hooton graduated from King in 1968.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 28
    The 1978 playoffs were rematches; in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Phillies, Hooton left after allowing three runs in the fifth inning, although the Dodgers still led 7-4 and went on to win the game.
    More Details Hide Details In the Series rematch with the Yankees he won Game 2, leaving in the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead as Los Angeles held on for a 4-3 win to take a 2-0 Series edge. But Game 5 was another crushing defeat as Hooton was yanked after allowing four runs in the third inning for a 4-2 Yankee lead, with New York romping to a 12-2 blowout and their third straight win. The Yankees won again two days later for their second consecutive title. After solid but unspectacular years in 1979 and 1980, Hooton enjoyed an 11-6 campaign in the strike-shortened 1981 season, posting a career-best 2.28 ERA and being named to his only All-Star team. He began the playoffs with a win against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the Division Series, allowing only three hits, including an Art Howe solo homer, through seven innings. After the Dodgers won the series in five games, they went on to face the Montreal Expos in the NLCS; Hooton won Game 1, allowing only six hits before leaving in the eighth inning with a 2-0 lead. Returning in Game 4 with the Dodgers behind two games to one, he allowed only five hits and one unearned run before leaving in the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead; the Dodgers went on to a 7-1 win, and won Game 5 to advance to the World Series, again meeting the Yankees.
  • 1977
    Age 27
    Hooton started Game 3 of the 1977 NLCS against the Phillies, but was pulled after issuing three consecutive bases-loaded walks in the second inning; the Dodgers came back to win 6-5.
    More Details Hide Details In the World Series against the New York Yankees, he pitched a 6-1 victory in Game 2, allowing only five singles and retiring 14 of the last 15 hitters to tie the Series at one game each. But in Game 6, he left in the fourth inning with the Dodgers behind 4-3 after giving up a 2-run home run to Reggie Jackson - Jackson's first of three in the game, all on the first pitch. The Yankees won 8-4, taking the Series in six games.
  • 1976
    Age 26
    After a disappointing 1976 season, he used his strong knuckle curve to become a valuable member of the pennant-winning teams of the next two years, leading the staff with 153 strikeouts in 1977 and with 19 wins and a 2.71 ERA in 1978.
    More Details Hide Details He finished second to Gaylord Perry in the 1978 Cy Young Award voting.
  • 1975
    Age 25
    But he was unable to win consistently as the team's fortunes declined in the early 1970s, and he was traded to Los Angeles in May 1975 after compiling a 34-44 record with a steadily increasing earned run average.
    More Details Hide Details The Dodgers were headed in the opposite direction from the Cubs, and Hooton was 18-7 with a 2.82 ERA over the remainder of the year, winning his last 12 decisions for a team record.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    He began 1972 in outstanding fashion, pitching a 4-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field on April 16, the second day of the strike-delayed season.
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  • 1971
    Age 21
    After college, Hooton was selected by the Cubs with the second pick of the 1971 amateur draft.
    More Details Hide Details He made his major league debut with the team on June 17 of that year, but appeared in only three games before the end of the season, striking out 15 batters in one of them. He was the third player to go straight to the Major Leagues after being drafted without spending a day in the minors.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 19
    Pitching for the Boulder Collegians in the summer of 1969, Burt started and won the 64th Midnight Sun Game, which was hosted by the Alaska Goldpanners of Fairbanks.
    More Details Hide Details He was inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1981. In 1998 he was admitted to the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame and in 2008 to the College Baseball Hall of Fame. In 2009, his number (#20) was retired by the Longhorns. Bold means active
    He played in the NCAA Tournament all three years, making it to the College World Series in 1969 and 1970.
    More Details Hide Details In 1969, the Longhorns came in 4th and Hooten made the All-Tournament team, and in 1970, the Longhorns came in 3rd. The Longhorns won conference championships all three years he was on the team.
    Hooton attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he had a College Hall of Fame career, was a three-time All-American from 1969–71 and set several school and conference records.
    More Details Hide Details He also made the Southwest All-Conference team three times and was the team MVP in 1971. He posted a 35-3 record including two no-hitters within weeks of each other in 1971, one of which was a perfect game for 8 innings of a scheduled 7 inning game.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1950
    Age 0
    Born on February 7, 1950.
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