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I Like Spike (Owens)! He ran the infield and played in the bigs for a while. Under Gus, it was all about pitching and defense. I love the Brian Cisarik reference. He was a couple of years behind me in high school, and was always one of the nicest and most competitive guys. Youngest of 3 brothers...all good baseball players and all were great guys as well. Oldest brother played for the Horns as well. I was so happy for Brian when he jacked a Homer in the CWS. What a thrill.
I had a math class with Brumley. He would share some stories about baseball. The funniest one he told was when he got in Gus's doghouse once...not funny to either Brumley or Gus, but funny b/c you could see and feel the intensity of the story. Games against Ark were pretty intense. Their fans and our fans helped with home field. They were a good program and they had such a hatred for TEXAS. Thankfully we had DKR and Gus for such a long time.
I faced Hooton nine times in high school. My best at bat against him was two swinging strikes and then a weak pop up in foul territory to the 1st baseman. One time, I stayed at the park after our game to watch him pitch in the second game. The first nine hitters he faced went down on 27 straight strikes. In the entire game, four balls were hit into fair territory. That knuckle curve was enough to make you pee in your pants in the batter's box.
"I've heard some of our fans say, 'We were always an SEC school. We just didn't know it," athletic director Bill Byrne said.
Thanks for the post...To me, he was always one of those "glue" players you could always count on...
How can you leave out Jim Gideon?
Yeah, I think I'll go with Bobby Layne as my fifth.
Thank you...a no brainer in my mind. The guy was a machine.
Keishnick and swindell the best ever for their performance at UT
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Wasn't even the best on his teams here.
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BTW - as an Astros fan, Hooton pissed me off most of my childhood until I found out that he was a Longhorn.
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Gideon, Jerry Don Gleaton, Dave Chalk and Majewski all deserve mention.
Clemens should not be in the discussion if only UT years are considered.
If we are talking about collegiate performance, then Burt Hooton is 1 and 1A IMO.
He was the most dominant pitcher I have ever seen in college. Hooton was 35-3 with a 1.14 career ERA. He was 12-0 as a freshman with a 0.88 ERA. He was known for his pitch "the thang," a knuckle curve ball (he said he grew up thinking that a knuckle ball was actually pitched from the knuckles), but he had a quick moving fastball as well.
As a junior, Hooton was 11-2 with both losses coming at 1-0. The last game he pitched was just incredible. It was the first game of the NCAA regionals -- held at the San Antonio minor league ballpark. Back then the NCAA gave out odd numbers of invitations to the NCAA tournament and they only invited two teams to the Central Regional -- Texas and Pan American.
Pan American actually had the deeper pitching staff that year (they won 40 games) and whoever won the first game was expected to win the best of 3 series.
Hooton went for Texas and a lefty, Lupe Salinas, pitched for Pan American. Salinas gave up just five singles -- Hooton gave up four singles and struck out 16 Broncos.
The only run of the game was unearned. With two out in the 2nd, Pan American had a runner on second with a single and a passed ball. A grounder between first and second seemed to be the last out, but first baseman John Langerhans threw wide of first, Hooton couldn't handle it and the only run of the game crossed the plate.
Helluva way to finish a collegiate career.
Hooton was totally dominating, but he did have one huge advantage over Swindell. Swindell had to face aluminum bats.
I keep looking down the threads and thought I was in bizarro world. Thanks for finally mentioning JG. Top ten for sure. My all time guy would be Brooks Kieshnick (screw the spelling, you know who I mean). Guy was a great hitter AND pitcher. That puts him number one in my book. Clutch too.
Hooten had to deal with the short right field fence and Billy Goat hill at ol Clark though.
There was that.
Rick burley was really good at taking advantage of the short RF fence. God, I love UT baseball.
How can there not be a mention of David Denny?
He has to be on the list
Onward Through The Fog
He crossed my mind too as I was reading the list.
Omar Quintanilla needs to be mentioned
I never saw him pitch while he was at UT. Wasn't he not all that then?
Disciplina praesidium civitatis
As I recall, Clemens pitched his best while at UT during the CWS his last year.
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