A “Happy” #46 and a Worthy Foundation

In the tradition started by Jimmy Curran, I dedicate my #46 ranking to

  1.  #46 Burt Hooton who Tommy Lasorda nicknamed “Happy” because he hardly ever smiled. 
  2. 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

9 Comments

Great tribute to Taylor Hooton and the foundation. I hope young players are taking heed of the good work they’re doing.

- http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Great dedication and congrats on the ranking! Hooton sounds like an interesting guy and I hope the foundation does well!
http://kaybee.mlblogs.com

Great dedication blog Emma!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Good work with the ranking and thanks for the input you’ve given me so far on my site now and again. Maybe I’ll crack the list in the next few months. I’ve gotten pretty good feedback with the content I’m putting up. I’ll see you around.

Jane,
Thanks . I am glad that I was ranked #46 as I started doing a little research and found the link to the foundation.
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Kaybee,
Thanks. I remember Hooton going about his about his business very quiet.
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Julia,
thank you. I forgot to mention that Hooton is now the pitching coach of the Round Rock Express, the AAA affiliate of the Houston Astros.
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DodgerTrends,
I have no doubt you will soon be on the list. Thanks for stopping by!

Nice dedication Emma!

You were having a Hooten, Tooting good time there.
Congrats on the 46 ranking. Always have fun when I get to your entries.
Just remember to have fun and be yourself and you will be going skyward in the leader board soon enough.
Go Dodger Blue!

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mlblogs.com

Ouch, I can still remember that decisive Game 6 of the 1981 World Series! Let’s just say that wasn’t a “Happy” year for me! LOL! Congrats, and keep up the great work!

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

Thanks Crazy! and congratulations on your new cousin! In Honduras, your cousin’s kids are your nephews & nieces.
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Thanks Rays! I remember watching Hooton pitch. I always try to have fun! Did I mention that I will be in Chicago Wednesday! I can’t wait!
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Scott,
Love your …shall we say battle with Julia. Oh and I totally remember that game 6! Steve Howe relieved Hooton in that game. I have the 45 that Jerry Reuss, Rick Monday and Steve Yeager released of “We Are the Champions” and “New York New York.” Good times, good times. Let’s see when the Dodgers and Yankees meet again in the W.S.

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