A “Happy” #46 and a Worthy Foundation
In the tradition started by Jimmy Curran, I dedicate my #46 ranking to
- #46 Burt Hooton who Tommy Lasorda nicknamed “Happy” because he hardly ever smiled.
- The Taylor Hooton Foundation that fights steroid abuse. Don Hooton, the President is a cousin of Burt Hooton.
1. Burt Hooton started with the Cubs pitching three full seasons there. In 1972 and only in his fourth start as a Cubbie, he pitched a no-hitter against Philadelphia. After a losing record with the Cubs, he was dispatched to the Dodgers for Jeoff Zahn & Eddie Solomon in 1975. That year he won 18 games for the Dodgers–at one stretch 12 in a row. In 1978, a pennant-winning year, Happy Hooton won 19. He was the NL Champshionship series MVP in 1981 and won the desisive 1981 World Series game 6 against the Yankees! He posted a 1.59 ERA in that World Series. His signature pitch was the knuckle curve.
2. Taylor Hooton Foundation was formed in memory of Taylor E. Hooton, a 17-year old high school athlete from Plano, TX. Taylor took his own life on July 15, 2003 as a result of the abuse of anabolic steroids. This Foundation was founded by the parents, family and friends of Taylor after his death when the founders became aware of the magnitude of a growing problem among high school athletes across the country–the illegal use and abuse of anabolic steroids as a performance enhancement drug in addition to other PEDs. They discovered that this is a serious problem among young athletes; and that young people and their parents are generally ignorant of the real dangers of these powerful drugs. Link to the foundation http://www.taylorhooton.com/home