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Former All-Star, Astros manager Grady Hatton Jr. dies at 90

Apr 11, 2013, 11:24 PM EDT

Grady Hatton - 1956 Topps

Grady Hatton Jr., who played in the majors from 1946-60 and later managed the Houston Astros, passed away Thursday from cancer-related causes, his daughter-in-law told the Beaumont Enterprise.

He was 90 years old.

Hatton, primarily a third baseman, had his best seasons right away after arriving in the majors with the Reds as a 23-year-old in 1946, hitting .271/.369/.422 with 14 homers and 69 RBI in 436 at-bats as a rookie and .281/.377/.448 with 16 homers and 77 RBI as a sophomore in 1947.

Those turned out to be the highest marks of his career, though he remained a solid regular through 1950. Ironically, his one All-Star Game came in 1952, his worst year as a starter. He ended up hitting .212/.319/.312 in 433 at-bats that year.

Hatton was essentially done at age 33, but he came back four years later in 1960 and hit .342 in 38 at-bats for the Cubs. He finished his career with a .254/.354/.374 line, 91 homers and 533 RBI in 4,206 at-bats.

After his playing career, Hatton spent time as a coach and manager. He managed the Astros for three seasons in 1966-68, going 164-221. Despite his poor record, he remained with the club  afterwards, first as a scout and then back on the field as a first-base coach.

  1. stex52 - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    Remember him well. Those were the hapless days for the franchise. Isn’t it amazing how little things change? His poor record was more a reflection of the talent available. Of course I was a teenager at the time and I thought of him as a million years old. 90 years is a pretty good run.

    Requiescat in pace, Grady.

  2. quilt32 - Apr 12, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    Grady Hatton was my favorite player in the 1940s – I loved him from the time he came up in 1946 to the Cincinnati Reds. RIP.

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