Don Hood

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Don Hood
Born: (1949-10-16) October 16, 1949 (age 69)
Florence, South Carolina
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
July 16, 1973, for the Baltimore Orioles
Last MLB appearance
October 2, 1983, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
Win–loss record34–35
Earned run average3.79

Donald Harris Hood (born October 16, 1949 in Florence, South Carolina) is a retired professional baseball pitcher who played in the Major Leagues from 1973-1983. He played for the Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City Royals.


Hood pitched as both a starter and a reliever during his major league career. He was selected in the first round, 17th overall, in the 1969 Major League Baseball Draft by the Baltimore Orioles. He made his major league debut on July 16, 1973, pitching in relief of starter Jesse Jefferson in a 7–5 Baltimore victory over the Oakland Athletics at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum.[1] Prior to the 1975 season he was traded along with Boog Powell to the Cleveland Indians for minor-leaguer Al McGrew and Dave Duncan. He would spend the next four-and-a-half seasons in Cleveland, appearing in a career high 41 games in 1977.

During the 1979 season Hood was traded to the New York Yankees for catcher/designated hitter Cliff Johnson.[2] He appeared in 27 games with New York that season, finishing with a 3.07 ERA.

Following the 1979 season, Hood was granted free agency and he subsequently signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on March 13, 1980. He appeared in just 33 games with the Cardinals, as the club released him on October 25, 1980.

Hood then signed with the Kansas City Royals before the 1981 season and appeared in 57 games over the next two seasons. His final major league appearance came on October 2, 1983 at Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, in an 8–4 Royals' loss.


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