Happy birthday to Burt Hooton. His Cubs career started off incredibly well. In late September of 1971, he pitched 2 complete games, one a 3-hit shutout and the other a 15 strikeout game. He topped both in his first start of 1972, pitching a no-hitter at the age of 22.
Birthday: February 7
Chicago Cubs (1971-1975)
Top Ten in NL Wins for 4 seasons, none with the Cubs (1975, 1978, 1980-1981)
September 15, 1971
Burt Hooton gets his first career MLB victory with a complete game against the Mets. Hooton strikes out 15 Mets batters and walks just 2, giving up 2 runs in a 3-2 Cubs victory in New York.
September 21, 1971
In just his 3rd MLB game pitched, Burt Hooton gets his first complete game shutout as he defeats the Mets at Wrigley Field 3-0.
April 16, 1972
Burt Hooten no-hitter, 7 K's 7 BB's vs Phillies at Wrigley Field
At the age of 22, Burt Hooton throws a no-hitter in only his 4th major league
start. The Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 behind Hooton who
struck out 7 Phillies, but walked 7 batters as well. Hooton ended with a
flurry as he struck out the last 2 batters in the ninth inning to complete
the no-hitter, Deron Johnson and Greg Luzinski.
May 16, 1972
At Philadelphia, Burt Hooton pitches a complete game, striking out 8 Phillies, giving up just 3 hits and one run as Cubs defeat the Phillies 8-1.
June 7, 1972
Burt Hooton scatters 13 Dodger hits, pitching a complete game, giving up just one run as Cubs defeat the Dodgers 5-1 in Los Angeles.
June 16, 1972
At Wrigley Field, Burt HOoton throws a 6-hit complete game shutout as the Cubs defeat the Dodgers 4-0 at Wrigley Field.
September 16, 1972
Burt Hooten hits a grand slam off Tom Seavar in an 18-5 Cubs win over Mets at Wrigley.
September 23, 1972
In game 1 of a doubleheader, Burt Hooton throws a 6-hit complete game shutout as the Cubs win game 1 2-0 over the Cardinals in St. Louis.
April 19, 1973
In the 2nd game of a doubleheader, Burt Hooton throws a 3-hit complete game shutout as the Cubs defeat the Mets 7-0 in New York.
August 18, 1973
At Wrigley Field, Burt HOoton pitches a complete game, giving up 7 hits and one run as the Cubs defeat the Dodgers
September 11, 1973
Burt Hooton pitches a 4-hit shutout against the Pirates at Wrigley Field. Cubs defeat Pirates 2-0.
May 20, 1974
At New York, Burt Hooton pitches a complete game, giving up just 4 hits and one run as Cubs defeat the Mets
May 2, 1975
Cubs trade Burt Hooton to Dodgers for Geoff Zahn and Eddie Solomon
Yesterday's Cubs, Today's Metrics
How did Burt Hooton compare with other Cubs pitcher's of the 1970's?
Hooton only had 2 full seasons in the Cubs starting rotation (1972, 1973). He debuted with the team in late 1971, lost his starting job in 1974 and was traded to the Dodgers in early, 1975.
In 1972, Hooton had a 4.1 WAR. This is tied for 15th for 1970's Cubs pitchers (tied with Bill Bonham's 4.1 in 1977). (Source: Fangraphs
In 1973, Hooton had a 5.3 WAR. This is 7th best for a 1970's Cubs pitcher. Only Fergie Jenkins, Rick Reuschel, Ken Holtzman & Bill Hands had a higher WAR for a Cubs pitcher in the 1970's. (Source: Fangraphs)
For the entire decade, Hooton compares very well with other Cubs pitchers. Here is the list of Cubs WAR for pitchers in the 1970's. His total WAR is 12.2. This is 5th behind Rick Reuschel, Fergie Jenkins, Bill Bonham, and Bill Hands. (Source: Fangraphs)
Player W/L ERA WAR IP
Rick Reuschel 112/101 3.44 39.5 1826
Fergie Jenkins 80/57 3.29 28.1 1198.1
Bill Bonham 49/65 4.12 18.2 1021.1
Bill Hands 41/41 3.41 13.9 696.1
Burt Hooton 32/42 3.59 12.2 620
Milt Pappas 51/41 3.33 10.5 763
Ken Holtzman 32/38 4.08 9.3 619.2
Ray Burris 50/55 4.31 9.0 911.1
Mike Krukow 26/26 4.12 6.9 619.2
Dennis Lamp 18/26 3.56 6.5 427.2