Grady Hatton, Former Astros Manager, Dies
Former Major League Baseball player and manager Grady Hatton died of natural causes in his home state of Texas on Thursday. He was 90 years old.
The Beaumont, Texas native, who was born in 1922, played 12 years in Major League Baseball, including nine years with the Cincinnati Reds, three with the Boston Red Sox, and one year apiece with the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago White Sox.
Over those 12 season, Hatton hit a .254, with 91 home runs, and 533 RBI’s.
His best year was his second season, with the Reds, back in 1947, when he hit a .281, with 16 homers, and 77 RBI’s.
Following his playing days, Hatton managed the Houston Astros, through all of the 1966 and 1967 season, and a part of 1968.
Under the helm of Hatton, the Astros went 72-90 in 1966, 69-93 in 1967, and 23-38 in 1968, giving him a career record of 164-221.
While serving as skipperr of the Astros, Hatton managed such young stars as Joe Morgan, Jim Wynn, Rusty Staub, Mike Cuellar, Larry Dierker, Bob Watson, and Don Wilson.
Hatton also managed Eddie Mathews, when the Hall of Famer spent a portion of the 1967 season in Houston.
Even after he was relieved of his managerial duties, Hatton remianed with the Astros’ organization, serving as a scout, from 1968-1972, and then as a coach, from 1973-1974.
Hatton, who attended the University of Texas, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, ended his baseball career serving as a scout for the San Francisco Giants in the 1980′s.