Houston Astros in History

Events in Sport

  • 1961-10-10 Expansion draft to stock Houston Astros & NY Mets
  • 1964-12-01 After just 3 seasons in MLB the Houston Colt .45s change name of the team to Astros; owners say move signals a step into the future for the franchise and the city of Houston
  • 1965-04-12 1st NL game at Houston's Astrodome (Phillies beat Astros 2-0)
  • 1967-06-18 Houston Astros pitcher Don Wilson no-hits Atlanta Braves, 2-0
  • 1968-04-15 Houston Astros beat NY Mets, 1-0, in 24 innings
  • 1969-04-30 Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jim Maloney records his second MLB no-hitter in 10-0 rout of Houston Astros
  • 1969-05-01 Houston Astros hurler Don Wilson blanks Cincinnati Reds, 4-0 for second career no-hitter
  • 1969-07-30 Astros Denis Menke and 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 San Diego Padres, 2-1, in 21 innings

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Player and Manager Leo Durocher
Baseball Player and Manager
Leo Durocher
  • 1973-10-01 Future Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/manager Leo Durocher ends his 45 year career in the sport when he resigns as Houston Astros manager
  • 1976-06-08 Houston Astros draft Floyd Bannister #1
  • 1977-10-02 Dusty Baker hits his 30th homer of the season against Astros' J.R. Richard; Dodgers become the first team in MLB history to have 4 players hit 30 or more HRs; joins Steve Garvey (33), Reggie Smith (32) and Ron Cey (30)
  • 1979-04-10 J. R. Richard of the Houston Astros pitches a complete game but sets a MLB record by throwing 6 wild pitches in 2-1 win over the LA Dodgers at the Astrodome
  • 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

AgreementContract of Interest

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
  • 1980-07-04 Nolan Ryan (Houston Astros) fans Reds' Cesar Geronimo to become 4th pitcher to 3,000 MLB strikeouts
  • 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
  • 1980-12-03 Don Sutton, the winningest pitcher in Los Angeles Dodgers history, signs a 4-year contract with Houston; Astros career shortened by a patellar fracture; returns to Dodgers in 1988 after stints with 3 other MLB clubs
  • 1981-04-09 LA Dodgers Fernando Valenzuela's 1st start, beats Astros 2-0
  • 1981-05-16 Houston shortstop Craig Reynolds hits 3 triples as Astros beat Chicago Cubs, 6-1
  • 1981-06-05 Astro's Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as all-time walk leader (1,777)
  • 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)
  • 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 Houston Astros & Chicago Cubs use MLB record 53 players, including 17 pitchers in a 2-day 18 inning marathon; Astros win 8-7
  • 1986-10-02 Astros starter Mike Scott finishes MLB regular season with 306 strikeouts with 8 in a 2-1 win in San Francisco; 3rd NL pitcher to reach 300 in a season
  • 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
  • 1987-09-02 Houston outfielder Kevin Bass becomes 1st NL player to switch hit HRs in a game twice in one season in Astros 10-1 win v Cubs
  • 1989-06-03 Houston Astros beat LA Dodgers, 5-4, in 22 innings (7:14:09)
  • 1989-08-03 Cincinnati Reds set MLB record for most hits in 1st inning of a game with 16 for 14 runs in an 18-1 rout of Houston Astros
  • 1992-07-27 Astros begins 26-game road trip to make room for Republican National Convention
  • 1993-03-05 Marlins beat Astros 12-8 in their 1st spring training game
  • 1993-09-08 Houston's Darryl Kile throws 3rd no-hitter of season in Astros' 7-1 win over NY Mets
  • 1994-07-18 Houston Astros tie NL comeback record, trailing 10-0, beat Cards 15-12
  • 1996-09-29 Houston Astro's retire Nolan Ryan's #34
  • 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
  • 2004-10-02 Jeff Kent becomes all-time home run leader for MLB 2nd basemen when he hits 2 in Astros' 9-3 win v Rockies; 302 overall HR to break Ryne Sandberg's major league record established in 1997
  • 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
  • 2005-10-25 Then longest Baseball World Series game in time (5 hours, 41 mins) and tied longest in innings (14, tied with Game 2, 1916 WS and Game 1, 2015 WS); Chicago White Sox beat Houston Astros, 7-5 game 3 at Minute Maid Park, Houston
  • 2005-10-26 Chicago beats Houston, 1-0 in Game 4 at Minute Maid Park to sweep Astros and win White Sox first Baseball World Series in 88 years; Chicago outfielder Jermaine Dye MVP
  • 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
  • 2012-06-04 MLB Draft: Puerto Rico Academy & HS shortstop Carlos Correa first pick by Houston Astros

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

2012-06-13 San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain pitches first perfect game in the franchise's history against the Houston Astros

Baseball Star José Altuve
Baseball Star
José Altuve
  • 2013-06-06 MLB Draft: Stanford pitcher Mark Appel first pick by Houston Astros
  • 2014-06-05 MLB Draft: Cathedral Catholic HS (CA) pitcher Brady Aiken first pick by Houston Astros
  • 2017-11-01 Houston Astros win their first Baseball World Series; beat LA Dodgers, 5-1 in Game 7 at Dodger Stadium; Astros outfielder George Springer III MVP
  • 2019-09-01 Houston Astros starter Justin Verlander strikes out 14 as he throws his third career no-hitter in a 2-0 decision against the Toronto Blue Jays
  • 2019-10-30 Washington Nationals beat Houston Astros, 6-2 in Game 7 at Minute Maid Park, Houston to win first Baseball World Series in franchise history; all 7 games won away from home
  • 2019-11-12 Former Houston Astros MLB pitcher Mike Fiers reveals team secretly “stole signs” via camera from visiting teams 2015-17; comms between opposing pitchers & catchers intercepted and relayed to Astros batters
  • 2020-01-13 Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow are fired by team owner Jim Crane for their roles in the sign-stealing scandal after MLB suspends both for one year
  • 2020-01-14 Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is fired amid Major League Baseball's investigation into sign-stealing by the Houston Astros; Cora was previously the Astros' bench coach before moving to Boston
  • 2020-01-16 Newly appointed manager Carlos Beltran and New York Mets mutually agree to part ways because of his role in Houston Astros sign stealing scandal; third manager forced out of a job as a result of the allegations

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1942-03-12 Jimmy Wynn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1967, 74, 75; Houston Astros, LA Dodgers), born in Hamilton, Ohio (d. 2020)
  • 1943-10-04 Jimy Williams, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros), born in Santa Maria, California
  • 1944-04-01 Rusty Staub, American baseball utility (6 x MLB All Star; Houston Colt .45s / Astros; Montreal Expos; NY Mets; Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (Mets games 1986-95), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2018)
  • 1944-11-07 Joe Niekro, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1979; NL wins leader 1979; Houston Astros; World Series 1987; NY Yankees), born in Martins Ferry, Ohio (d. 2006)
  • 1946-04-10 Bob Watson, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1973, 75; Houston Astros) and sports executive (GM NY Yankees, World Series 1996), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2020)
  • 1947-08-08 José Cruz, Puerto Rican-American baseball left fielder (St Louis Cards, Houston Astros), born in Arroyo, Puerto Rico
  • 1949-04-30 Phil Garner, American baseball player and manager (Astros), born in Jefferson City, Tennessee
  • 1952-12-27 Craig Reynolds, American baseball shortstop (MLB All Star 1978-79; Seattle Mariners; Houston Astros), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1963-03-10 John Cangelosi, outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1965-01-02 Greg Swindell, American baseball pitcher (World Series 2001; MLB All Star 1989; Houston Astros, Cleveland Indians, Arizona Diamondbacks), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • 1965-08-16 Xavier Hernandez, Port Arthur TX, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1965-12-14 Craig Biggio, American baseball infielder (Houston Astros), born in Smithtown, New York
  • 1966-02-21 Chris Donnels, American baseball infielder (Houston Astros), born in Angeles, California
  • 1966-03-22 Sean Berry, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Santa Monica, California
  • 1966-06-05 Bill Spiers, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Orangeburg, South Carolina
  • 1966-08-12 Dean Hartgraves, Bakersfield CA, pitcher (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, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Roseville, California
  • 1968-01-24 Ross Powell, American baseball pitcher (Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros), born in Grand Rapids, Michigan (d. 2017)
  • 1968-03-26 Shane Reynolds, Bastrop LA, pitcher (Houston Astros)
  • 1968-04-24 Todd Jones, MLB relief pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Marietta, Georgia
  • 1968-05-27 Jeff Bagwell, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (MLB All-Star 1994, 96, 97, 99; NL MVP 1994; Gold Glove Award 1994; Houston Astros), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1968-12-02 Darryl Kile, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 97, 2000; no-hitter 1993; Houston Astros), born in Garden Grove, California (d. 2002)
  • 1968-12-11 Derek Bell, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968-12-29 James Mouton, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Denver, Colorado
  • 1969-01-06 Alvin Morman, American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Rockingam, North Carolina
  • 1969-01-07 Chris Hatcher, American baseball outfielder (Houston Astros), born in Kinston, North Carolina
  • 1969-01-09 Domingo Jean, Dominican-American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1969-01-13 Orlando Miller, Changionola Panama, infielder (Houston Astros)
  • 1969-02-15 Brian Williams, MLB pitcher (Detroit Tigers, Astros), born in Lancaster, South Carolina
  • 1969-08-21 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican infielder (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers), born in La Romana, Dominican Republic (d. 2000)
  • 1970-05-23 Ricky Gutierrez, infielder (Houston Astros), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1971-03-05 Brian Hunter, American baseball outfielder (AL stolen base leader 1997, 99; Detroit Tigers), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1971-07-25 Billy Wagner, American MLB pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Tannersville, Virginia
  • 1972-09-09 Mike Hampton, American baseball pitcher (Houston Astros), born in Brooksville, Florida
  • 1975-06-27 Daryle Ward, American baseball player (Houston Astros), born in Lynwood, California

Person of interestJosé Altuve

1990-05-06 José Altuve, Venezuelan professional baseball second baseman (Houston Astros), born in Maracay, Venezuela

Baseball Star José Altuve
Baseball Star
José Altuve

Deaths in Sport

  • 2000-10-28 Andujar Cedeno, Dominican baseball player for the Houston Astros (b. 1969)
  • 2000-10-28 Andújar Cedeño, Dominican infielder (Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers), dies in a car accident at 31
  • 2002-06-22 Darryl Kile, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 97, 2000; no-hitter 1993; Houston Astros), dies of coronary disease at 33
  • 2006-10-27 Joe Niekro, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1979; NL wins leader 1979; Houston Astros; World Series 1987; NY Yankees), dies from a brain aneurysm at 61
  • 2018-03-29 Rusty Staub, American baseball utility (6 x MLB All Star; Houston Colt .45s / Astros; Montreal Expos; NY Mets; Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (Mets games 1986-95), dies from multiple organ failure at 73
  • 2020-03-26 Jimmy Wynn, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1967, 74, 75; Houston Colt 45s/Astros, LA Dodgers), dies at 78
  • 2020-05-14 Bob Watson, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1973, 75; Houston Astros) and sports executive (GM NY Yankees, World Series 1996), dies from kidney disease at 74