Hooton Reflects On A Life In Baseball

Burt Hooton

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Burt Hooton has seen many ups and down in his 40-plus years in the game of baseball, and now the 64-year old former MLB all-star is passing along his knowledge to players a third his age at Parkview Field.
In his second season as the TinCaps’ pitching coach, Hooton preaches patience to his group of young hurlers – ironic to a degree because of the early success he had in his Major League career.
On April 16, 1972 Hooton threw a no-hitter for the Cubs in only his fourth big league start. The gem put the 22-year old on MLB’s radar – a place he stayed for 15 seasons en route to 151 career wins.
Hooton also had a big summer in 1981, earning his only trip to the All-Star Game as a member of the Dodgers. That fall Hooton would go 4-1 in the playoffs, helping the Dodgers top the Yankees for the World Series title.

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