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Houston Astros third baseman Doug Rader had hit two home runs in 164 at-bats over his team’s first 44 games. One was a three-run bomb in a 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 13, while the other was a solo shot that aided a 4-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on May […]
Mark Belanger, winner of eight Gold Gloves in the last ten years, received more votes than any other player in SABR’s recent survey to determine the best fielders of the 1970s. The Baltimore shortstop received more than 90% of the nearly 400 votes cast for American League shortstop. Johnny Bench led all National League players. […]
A Biography of Buck Rodgers and his journey to Anaheim.
In early February 1985, Alan Wiggins became the newest big-money player for the 1984 National League champion San Diego Padres. With the help of his San Diego-based agent, Tony Attanasio, and Padres general manager Jack McKeon, Wiggins, just 26 years old, signed a guaranteed four-year, $2.5 million contract, making him one of the highest paid […]
A memorable Houston Astros-New York Mets game in 1968 lasted 24 innings, six hours … and featured just one run scored.
Don Wilson won 109 games in nine seasons with the Houston Astros, including two no-hitters, but his death at age 29 in mysterious circumstances ended what might have turned into an exemplary pitching career.
In August 1972, Leo Durocher was hired by the Houston Astros for what would be his final managerial job in a Hall of Fame career. But his abrasive style of managing alienated many of his players, including star pitcher Larry Dierker. Some Astros never respected Durocher or his past accomplishments, and felt he was a […]
Few individuals saw more Astros history than Alan Ashby. An Astro for 20 of their first 50 seasons, he spent eleven on the Astrodome carpet, coordinating one of the more challenging pitching staffs of his time. After one year as their bullpen coach Ashby moved to the broadcast booth for another eight, culminating with Houston’s […]
The purpose of a Hall of Fame is to celebrate the greats and preserve history. About half of Major League Baseball’s clubs maintain team Halls of Fame, honoring players who may have fallen short of Cooperstown, but still made a lasting impact worthy of commemoration. If the Houston Astros were to establish their own Hall […]
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