3B-2B 1946-56, 60 Reds , White Sox, Red Sox, Cardinals, Orioles, Cubs
Manager in 1966-68 Astros
Hatton jumped straight to the Reds from military service in 1946, hitting .271 with
14 HR and 69 RBI. He followed in 1947 with 16 HR, 77 RBI, 91 runs, and a .281 average,
but tailed off thereafter. He managed the Oklahoma City 89ers to two pennants in
three years and then managed the Astros from 1966 to 1968. He finished eighth, ninth,
and last, despite the presence of Rusty Staub, Jim Wynn, Bob Watson, Nate Colbert,
Mike Cuellar, Larry Dierker, Don Wilson, Doug Rader, and Joe Morgan (whom he tried
to turn into an outfielder).
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» July 12, 1946:
Johnny Sain just misses a perfect no-hitter when Grady Hatton's pop fly drops among three Braves behind 3B. No one else gets on as the Braves win 1-0 in Cincinnati.|
» May 30, 1948: The Reds beat the Cubs and Johnny Schmitz, 6–1, as Grady Hatton's grand slam in the 8th accounts for the first score for Cincy. The Reds take game 2, 8–3.
» February 5, 1954: In a swap of vets, the Orioles trade OF Johnny Groth and SS Johnny Lipon to the White Sox for OF Sam Mele and SS Neil Berry. Lipon will go to the Reds on April 18th for Grady Hatton and then retire after one National League at bat.
» April 18, 1954: The White Sox acquire IF Grady Hatton from the Redlegs.
» May 23, 1954:
The White Sox send SS Grady Hatton and $100,000 to the Red Sox for 3B George Kell.
» December 12, 1965: Roy Hofheinz fires manager Lum Harris (65-97). Grady Hatton takes over the Astros.
» June 18, 1968: Grady Hatton (23-38) is fired as manager of the Astros. He will be replaced by Harry Walker.