Today in Houston Astros History

Events in Sport

  • 1961-10-10 Expansion draft to stock Houston Astros & NY Mets
  • 1964-12-01 Houston Colt .45s change name to Astros
  • 1965-04-12 1st NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)
  • 1968-04-15 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • 1969-04-30 Cincinnati Red Jim Maloney 3rd no-hitter beats Houston Astros, 10-0
  • 1969-07-30 Astros Denis Menke & Jim Wynn hit grandslams in 9th inn vs Mets
  • 1971-09-05 Astros pitcher J R Richard debut, strikes out 15 Giants in a 5-3 win
  • 1971-09-24 Houston Astros beat SD Padres, 2-1, in 21 innings

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1972-08-26 Leo Durocher replaces Harry Walker as manager of Astros

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1975-08-19 Astros hire Bill Virdon to replace Preston Gomez as manager
  • 1976-06-08 Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1
  • 1979-05-10 John McMullen becomes CEO of Houston Astros
  • 1979-05-16 NL approves Astros sales from Ford Motors to John J McMullen for $19M
  • 1979-08-21 Mets win a protested game against Astros, 5-0
  • 1979-09-15 Red Sox Bob Watson is 1st to hit for cycle in AL & NL (Astros)
  • 1979-09-29 Astros' J R Richard strikes out NL season righty record of 313

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1979-11-19 Astros sign Nolan Ryan, to record 4 year, $4.5 million contract

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1980-10-12 MLB National League Championship: Philadelphia Phillies beat Houston Astros, 3 games to 2
  • 1980-10-27 Astros owner John McMullen replaces GM Tal Smith with Al Rosen
  • 1981-04-09 LA Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela's 1st start, beats Astros 2-0
  • 1981-09-25 Nolan Ryan's 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0
  • 1982-04-18 Atlanta Braves win record 11th straight opening game (beat Astros)
  • 1982-05-13 Chicago Cubs win their 8,000th (beat Astros)
  • 1982-12-22 William Mastrosimone's "Extremities" premieres in NYC
  • 1985-07-11 Astros' Nolan Ryan, 1st to strike out 4000 (Mets' Danny Heep)
  • 1985-09-15 Yanks trade Jim Deshaies to Astros for 40-year-old Joe Niekro
  • 1986-09-03 Astros & Cubs use a record 53 players in an 18 inning game
  • 1986-10-15 Longest post season game, Mets beat Astros 7-6 in 16 & win NL pennant
  • 1986-10-15 MLB National League Championship: New York Mets beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 2
  • 1989-06-03 Houston Astros beat LA Dodgers, 5-4, in 22 innings (7:14:09)
  • 1992-07-27 Astros begins 26-game road trip to make room for Rep National Convention
  • 1993-03-05 Marlins beat Astros 12-8 in their 1st spring training game
  • 1994-06-24 Jeff Bagwell of Astros is 28th to hit 2 HRs in an inning
  • 1994-07-18 Houston Astros tie NL comeback record, trailing 10-0, beat Cards 15-12
  • 1997-07-12 Pirates Francisco Cordova & Ricardo Rincon no-hit Astros 3-0 in 10 inn

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

1998-05-06 Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to tie the major league record held by Roger Clemens. He threw a one-hitter and did not walk a batter in his 5th career start.

MLB Pitching Legend Roger Clemens
MLB Pitching Legend
Roger Clemens
  • 2004-10-21 MLB National League Championship: St. Louis Cardinals beat Houston Astros, 4 games to 3
  • 2005-10-19 MLB National League Championship: Houston Astros beat St. Louis Cardinals, 4 games to 2
  • 2005-10-26 Chicago White Sox defeat Houston Astros 4-0 in baseball's World Series championship, MVP: Jermaine Dye, Chicago
  • 2007-06-28 Craig Biggio of the Houston Astros becomes the 27th member of the 3000 hit club, going 5 for 5 against the Colorado Rockies.
  • 2012-06-13 San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in the franchise's history against the Houston Astros

Birthdays in Sport

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1947-01-31 Nolan Ryan, Refugio Texas, MLB pitcher (Mets, Angels, Astros) (7 no-hitters, 5,714 Ks)

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1947-08-08 Jose Cruz, leftfielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros)
  • 1962-07-25 Doug Drabek, Victoria TX, pitcher (Houston Astros, NY Yankees)
  • 1963-03-10 John Cangelosi, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1965-01-02 Greg Swindell, pitcher (Houston Astros, Cleve Indians), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1965-08-16 Xavier Hernandez, Port Arthur TX, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1965-12-14 Craig Biggio, Smithtown NY, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1966-02-21 Chris Donnels, US baseball infielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1966-03-22 Sean Berry, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966-06-05 Bill Spiers, Orangeburg SC, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1966-08-12 Dean Hartgraves, Bakersfield CA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1967-01-12 Mike Simms, Whittier CA, outfielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1967-06-04 Rick Wilkins, American baseball catcher (Houston Astros), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1967-07-11 Donne Wall, Potosi MO, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1967-10-14 Dave Hajek, Roseville CA, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1968-01-24 Ross Powell, US baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros)
  • 1968-03-04 Brian Hunter, Torrance CA, infielder (Seat Mariners, Houston Astros)
  • 1968-03-26 Shane Reynolds, Bastrop LA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1968-04-24 Todd Jones, Marietta GA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1968-05-27 Jeff Bagwell, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968-11-12 Randy Knorr, San Gabriel CA, catcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1968-11-25 John Johnstone, Liverpool NY, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1968-12-02 Darryl Kile, Garden Grove CA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1968-12-11 Derek Bell, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968-12-29 James Mouton, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969-01-06 Alvin Morman, Rockingham NC, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1969-01-07 Chris Hatcher, US baseball outfielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1969-01-09 Domingo Jean, Dominican/US baseball pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1969-01-13 Orlando Miller, Changionola Panama, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1969-02-15 Brian Williams, Lancaster SC, pitcher (Detroit Tigers, Astros)
  • 1970-05-23 Ricky Gutierrez, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1971-03-05 Brian Hunter, Portland OR, outfielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1971-07-25 Billy Wagner, Marion VA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1972-09-09 Mike Hampton, Brooksville FL, pitcher (Houston Astros)

Deaths in Sport

  • 2000-10-28 Andujar Cedeno, Dominican baseball player for the Houston Astros (b. 1969)