Burt Hooton was brought up to the big leagues in Sept. 1971 by the Chicago Cubs and in his first three starts held opposing batters to a mere .111 batting ave. The next season on April 16, Hooton pitched a no-hitter vs. the Phillies in his fourth major league start. In his rookie year, Hooton was 11-14 and an ERA of 2.80. His pitching declined after that year and he was traded to the L.A. Dodgers in 1975 and won 12 games in a row, finishing 18-9. In 1978, he went 19-10, a .271 ERA, started 32 games and completed 10 with 3 shutouts.
His knuckle-curve made him a mainstay of the Dodgers for nine seasons including helping win three pennants. Hooton beat the N.Y. Yankees in the final game of the 1981 World Series. In three League Championships Hooton was 2-0 and his record for three World Series was 3-3, a ERA of 3.69 - pitched in 32 innings. Burt Hooton lifetime stats: 151-136, a low 3.38 ERA, pitched in 2651 innings. Copyright 2005 baseballhistorian.com - from archives