Hatton's 1949 Bowman Gum baseball card
|Third Baseman/Second Baseman/Manager|
October 7, 1922|
|Died: April 11, 2013
|Batted: Left||Threw: Right|
|April 18, 1946 for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 1960 for the Chicago Cubs|
|Runs batted in||533|
|Career highlights and awards|
Grady Edgebert Hatton Jr. (October 7, 1922 – April 11, 2013) was an American baseball player, coach, manager and executive. Although the bulk of his playing career was as the third baseman and second baseman of the Cincinnati Reds, Hatton is most identified with his native Texas: he was born in Beaumont, attended the University of Texas at Austin, managed minor league teams in Houston and San Antonio and was an important contributor to the early years of Major League Baseball's Houston Astros.
Hatton batted left-handed and threw right-handed, standing 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) and weighing 170 lb (77 kg). He came to the majors in 1946 without any minor league seasoning, making his debut against the Chicago Cubs. He went 2 for 3, drove in a run, and scored a run. Hatton batted .254 with 91 home runs in a 12-year big league career with Cincinnati, the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs, for whom he served as a player-coach in 1960 at the end of his playing career.
From 1957-61, he managed in the Baltimore Orioles system and for the Chicago Cubs' AA San Antonio before joining the AAA Houston Buffs and becoming manager in their final season of 1961. Prior to the ending of the season, he became Director of Player Personnel, where he remained as the Houston Colt .45s (as the Astros were first known) played their maiden 1962 season. Hatton then moved back into uniform as manager of Houston's AAA Oklahoma City 89ers farm in the Pacific Coast League from 1963-65.
Named to succeed Luman Harris as the Astros' manager for 1966 — and also carrying the unusual (for a field manager) title of club vice president — it was expected that he would be able to harness the young talent he had developed at AAA. But the Astros compiled a record of only 164-221 in 2½ years, and Hatton was replaced as skipper by Harry Walker midway through the 1968 campaign.
Post-managerial and coaching career
Hatton died from natural causes on April 11, 2013. He was 90.
- "Hatton Returns to Oklahoma City". San Antonio Light. November 11, 1964. p. 40.
- Grady Hatton, the former third baseman who managed the Houston Astros in 1960s, has died
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference