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They 're out of their classes
Joe Jares
June 28, 1971
Two young men, so fresh out of college that they still half-expected their dads to send them pocket money, made their professional baseball debuts last week as starting pitchers. Not in Peoria or Visalia, mind you, but in Chicago and Washington in the middle of the 1971 major league pennant race against people like Joe Torre and Carl Yastrzemski. As might be expected they did not break in with no-hitters.
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June 28, 1971

They 're Out Of Their Classes

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Which was just about perfect forecasting. The Cubs prepared him by cautioning him to concentrate merely on throwing strikes and not to get cute or try to challenge the batters. Durocher figured Hooton would be nervous and wild enough even if he didn't try to hit the corners. He began nicely by striking out Lou Brock and making Matty Alou ground out to first. Then he started missing the corners and dropping the curve off the table and into the dirt. Hooton survived the inning, though, and the Cubs got him a lead in their half, but Hooton blew it.

Joe Torre homered off him and Card Pitcher Steve Carlton hit two singles, the second one driving in two runs. It was a grounder that scooted straight toward Second Baseman Glenn Beckert, then hit some hidden springboard in the Wrigley infield and bounded right over his head. Hooton was yanked with the score tied 3-3 after one out in the fourth inning. He had two strikeouts but he had given up three runs and three hits and five walks.

Broberg's turn came Sunday against the Boston Red Sox in D.C.'s RFK Stadium. Pitching in 98� of uncontrolled heat, he struck out seven, walked four, committed a balk and gave up just three ground-ball singles. The Red Sox were not digging in against him, especially after one of his blur balls hit the bill of George Scott's cap and sent it spinning 15 feet toward the stands. (The rookie did not pick up Scott's cap, but he did apologize.) He had made 96 pitches and was apparently tiring when Williams replaced him after one out in the seventh.

"He looked great," said Williams.

Obviously neither Hooton nor Broberg should feel discouraged. Back in 1955 the Brooklyn Dodgers signed a big, strong basketball/baseball player out of the University of Cincinnati. For some time he was fortunate if his pitches so much as hit the backstop, but then Sandy Koufax settled down. Turned out all right, too.

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