Catcher Randy Hundley, 3B Ron Santo and SS Don Kessinger congratulate Burt Hooton on his no-hitter. Note the lack of seats/bleachers behind left-field.
Chicago Cub pitcher Burt Hooton – in just his fourth major league appearance – throws a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field on April 16th, 1972- winning 4-0.
Hooton was somewhat of a rarity in Major League Baseball – he spent no time in the minor leagues – once he was drafted he went right to the “Big Show”. His signature pitch was the “Knuckle Curve” – which sounds like an oxymoron – but the pitch’s moniker comes from the grip and not the spin. (Knuckle balls have no spin – none - very weird if you’ve ever been in the batter’s box when one comes at you. Curve balls on the other hand are all about spin.)
But I digress. I can’t find a video clip of this game - Hooton’s reaction on the final out – a rare show emotion on his part – was the first example I ever saw of the “fist-pump”, now made famous by the likes of Wayne Greztky and Tiger Woods. Hooton went on to pitch for the Los Angeles Dodgers where in 1981 he was selected to the All-Star Team, won an NLCS MVP and a World Series Ring. He also acquired the nickname “Happy”, given to him by Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda, because Hooton rarely smiled.
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