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Grady Hatton

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Grady Hatton
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Hatton's 1949 Bowman Gum baseball card
Third Baseman/Second Baseman/Manager
Born: (1922-10-07)October 7, 1922
Beaumont, Texas
Died: April 11, 2013(2013-04-11) (aged 90)
Warren, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 16, 1946 for the Cincinnati Reds
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1960 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Batting average .254
Hits 1,068
Home runs 91
Runs batted in 533
Games managed 386
Win–loss record 164–221
Teams

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Career highlights and awards

Grady Edgebert Hatton Jr. (October 7, 1922

  1. REDIRECT Template:Spaced ndash April 11, 2013) was an American baseball player, coach, manager and executive. Although the bulk of his playing career was as the third baseman and second baseman of the Cincinnati Reds, Hatton is most identified with his native Texas: he was born in Beaumont, attended the University of Texas at Austin, managed minor league teams in Houston and San Antonio, and was an important contributor to the early years of Major League Baseball's Houston Astros.

Playing career

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He appeared in 116 games in 1946, the first of his six consecutive seasons as Cincinnati's regular third baseman. In

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However, his tenure in Cincinnati was coming to an abrupt end; in

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Managerial career

From 1958–1960, Hatton was the player-manager of the Double-A San Antonio Missions (and briefly served as a playing coach for the 1960 Cubs). He started the

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Named to succeed Luman Harris as the (renamed) Astros' manager for 1966—and also carrying the unusual (for a field manager) additional title of club vice president—it was expected that he would be able to harness the young talent he had developed at Triple-A. But his Astros compiled a record of only 164–221 in 2½ years, and Hatton was replaced as skipper by Harry Walker midway through the 1968 campaign on June 17.

Post-managerial and coaching career

He remained with the Astros as a scout from 1968–1972, and as a Major League coach in 1973–1974. He was still active in baseball in the late 1980s as a scout for the San Francisco Giants.

Hatton died from natural causes on April 11, 2013. He was 90.[4]

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