Skip to content

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.

Latest Posts
  1. Giants on re-signing Sandoval: ‘We’ll do the best we can’

    Oct 30, 2014, 10:20 AM EDT

    cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznpwqznwrhnzixzjqwmty2zjnmmda2odg3mwu0yjrmngqy AP

    Asked about his free agency, Panda only says: “I’m just going to celebrate.”

  2. Bochy’s championship resume ranks among game’s best

    Oct 30, 2014, 9:50 AM EDT

    Bruce Bochy Bruce Bochy

    Bochy has navigated the path to World Series crowns in 2010, 2012 and now 2014. In the process, the Giants have dispatched 10 consecutive postseason foes.

  3. Only thing Royals can do: Tip cap to Bumgarner

    Oct 30, 2014, 9:20 AM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner Madison Bumgarner

    There was no bitterness as Royals hitters talked about the mastery of Madison Bumgarner in this World Series.

  4. Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds celebrate the conclusion of the World Series

    Oct 30, 2014, 7:25 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Getty Images

    History’s Greatest Monsters were happy for different reasons last night.

  5. Inside the Giants’ clubhouse …

    Oct 30, 2014, 12:15 AM EDT

    1bochy getty Getty Images

    The champagne and beer is flowing in the visitors clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium following the Giants’ Game 7 win …

  6. Alex Gordon would have been a dead duck had he tried to score

    Oct 30, 2014, 12:11 AM EDT

    Gordon 1

    A breakdown of Alex Gordon’s two-out hit in the bottom of the ninth.

  7. Video: Pablo Sandoval catches final out in foul territory, Giants win 2014 World Series

    Oct 29, 2014, 11:57 PM EDT

    giants world series getty Getty Images

    Here’s the final out of Wednesday night’s Game 7 that secured the Giants’ eighth World Series title …

  8. Madison Bumgarner named World Series MVP … obviously

    Oct 29, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT

    1bumgarner getty Getty Images

    Madison Bumgarner threw five scoreless innings to close out Game 7 on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium and allowed just one run in 21 total frames during the 2014 World Series

  9. Game 7 live blog: The Giants are World Series Champions!

    Oct 29, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

    Madison Bumgarner Getty Images

    Madison Bumgarner gets the win. And becomes a legend.

  10. Pablo Sandoval sets new postseason hits record

    Oct 29, 2014, 10:55 PM EDT

    pablo sandoval getty giants Getty Images

    Giants ace Madison Bumgarner broke Curt Schilling’s postseason innings record in the bottom of the fifth inning. And now Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News shares this nugget …

  11. Madison Bumgarner breaks postseason innings record

    Oct 29, 2014, 10:19 PM EDT

    madison bumgarner getty Getty Images

    Giants ace Madison Bumgarner entered Game 7 of the World Series in the bottom of the fifth inning. He allowed a single to the first batter but got out of that threat and set a new MLB record in the process …

  12. Photo: Joe Panik’s impressive dive and flip

    Oct 29, 2014, 10:01 PM EDT

    joe panik getty AP

    Here’s a cool photo from the Associated Press of the well-executed flip from Giants second baseman Joe Panik that started a huge doubleplay in the bottom of the third inning of World Series Game 7 …

  13. Salvador Perez drilled by pitch, but stays in Game 7

    Oct 29, 2014, 9:06 PM EDT

    salvador perez royals getty Getty Images

    Royals catcher Salvador Perez was plunked in the left leg — just above his knee — in the bottom of the second inning by Giants starter Tim Hudson and took a long time to make it back to his feet and then down to first base. But he’s back out there behind the plate for the top of the third inning.

  14. More fun signs at Kauffman Stadium

    Oct 29, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

    Camera

    This one is about pregnant women.

  15. Colin Kaepernick: “I’m saying the Giants are coming out”

    Oct 29, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

    kaepernick giants

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick talked Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday afternoon …

  16. There’s nothing better than a Game 7? Well, maybe there is.

    Oct 29, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

    Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 6.16.31 PM Getty Images

    No matter how much excitement unfolds or how much history is made tonight, tomorrow there will be no baseball.

  17. Braves expected to make qualifying offer to Ervin Santana

    Oct 29, 2014, 7:08 PM EDT

    ervin santana getty Getty Images

    Santana turned down a qualifying offer (worth one year, $14.1 million) last offseason from the Royals and then couldn’t find a multi-year contract to his liking on the open market, so he may consider accepting the thing this time around.

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. M. Morse (2163)
  2. H. Pence (2102)
  3. Y. Cespedes (2059)
  4. M. Moustakas (1936)
  5. E. Hosmer (1883)