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 History Players Teams Obituaries Site search Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsJunior WootenEarl Hazwell WootenBorn: January16, 1924 in Pelzer, S.C.Died: Aug. 12, 2006 in Williamston, S.C.Debut: 1947 | Pos: OFH: 5’11” | W: 160 | B: R | T: LYrGABRHHRRBISBBA29428234681243.241>> Visit theJunior Wooten biography on Baseball Almanac for complete statistics.Earl Wooten stood just 5-11, but he excelled in baseball, football and basketballin high school. His performances were enough to earn him scholarship offers.For Wooten’s family, however, money was tight and even a scholarship forcollege wasn’t enough. Wooten died at his home in Williamston, S.C., on Aug. 12, 2006.  He was 82 years old.See Also:> Wooten had many nicknamesHe turned down the scholarships and went to work in Pelzer’s textilemill. The mill was a member of the Carolina Textile League and Wooten quicklyearned a spot on the team.His play caughtthe attention of a major league scout and he was signed to a contract withthe Washington Senators. He was assigned to the Chattanooga Lookouts ofthe AA Southern League. After the baseball season, Wooten returned to Pelzerto play in the textile basketball league. In 1947, he appeared in six gamesfor the Senators.In 1948, he wascalled up to the Senators. He hit .256 that season on a team with no realstars. Following the season, he returned to Pelzer and played textile basketball.It would prove costly in his major league career.Washington wanted Wooten to refrain from playing basketball in the winter.The team wanted Wooten to gain weight. That off-season, Wooten receiveda letter from Washington informing him that his contract had been soldto the Boston Braves.In 1949, he foundhimself back in minor league baseball with the Boston Braves’ AAA affiliate,the Atlanta Crackers. Wooten played for the Crackers from 1949 to 1955.In 1955, he led the American Association with a .346 average and playedin the AAA All-Star game.When he didn’treceive a call-up to the Braves following his performance in 1955, Wootendecided to retire from professional baseball.SOURCES:”Moments of Glory” by John Chandler Griffin; www.baseball-reference.com