Monday, February 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Burt Hooton!

Burt "Happy" Hooton turns 61 today. He was nicknamed "Happy" by Tommy Lasorda because he rarely smiled. From Tommy's autobiography:
"He became Happy Hooton on New Year's Eve. Normally, he looks about as happy as a farmer during a drought, but when I caught him playing solitaire during a New Year's celebration, he earned his nickname, and he's been Happy ever since."
Hooton had a great start to his career. On April 16, 1972, in only his fourth major league game, he pitched a no-hitter for the Chicago Cubs. His best years came as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers though.

He pitched for the Dodgers from 1975 to 1984, going 112-84 with a 3.14 ERA.  He helped get the Dodgers to the World Series in 1977, 1978 and 1981.

On Happy's birthday, I'd like to show his 2006 Fleer Greats of the Game Nickname Greats, NG-BH. The signature is on sticker, but it's still a pretty cool card.


  1. That IS a cool card. I tried to get it a few months ago on CheckOutMyCards, but no go.

  2. I've seen a few of these just today because it's his birthday. I agree, cool card.

  3. I really like these nickname autograph cards.

  4. Hey, Congrats on the big contest win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Ryan - Love these cards. I have a few more non-Dodger Nickname cards.

    Charles - Thanks. I'll post my winnings soon. I will do some video breaks.