1967 - Timeline
from This Date in Astros History
Jan 04 - Houston trades outfielder Lee Maye and a minor leaguer to the Cleveland Indians for outfielder Jim Landis, catcher Doc Edwards and a minor leaguer. Landis hits .252 with one homer in part-time duty before being shipped to Detroit in mid-season.
Feb 10 - Astros sell pitcher Ron Taylor to the New York Mets. A washout over two seasons in Houston, Taylor emerges as the saves leader for the Mets when they win it all in 1969.
Feb 24 - Astros send pitcher Jim Ray to the Mets on a 30-day conditional deal. The Mets send him back a month later. It's a lucky break as Ray goes 42-25 with 23 saves over the next six years in Houston, used as both a reliever and a spot starter.
Mar 24 - Astros deal utilityman Sandy Alomar to the New York Mets for utilityman Derrell Griffith. Alomar's two sons, Roberto and Sandy, Jr., would one day become All-Stars like their pop.
Apr 11 - Eddie Mathews beats his old Atlanta teammates in a 6-1 Opening Day victory. The Braves had traded their aging star to Houston that winter and he responds with two hits including a triple off Dick Kelley to key a six-run sixth inning. Mike Cuellar picks up the win.
Apr 27 - Joe Morgan keys a five-run outburst with a bases-loaded triple off Hal Woodeshick that drops the Cardinals, 6-4. The win ends a ten-game losing streak, their longest since 1963.
May 02 - Houston erupts for eight runs in the eighth to wallop the Phillies, 10-3. Rusty Staub has four RBIs. Bob Aspromonte slams a three-run shot and Jim Wynn has two hits in the decisive frame. Winning pitcher Mike Cuellar drills a run-scoring double to help his own cause.
May 18 - Jim Wynn 's first-inning homer off the left-field foul pole ignites a near riot during a 6-2 Astros win. Giants Manager Herman Franks and umpire Shag Crawford nearly come to blows as Franks insists the hit was foul. A voice in the dugout calls Crawford a "meathead" and Ollie Brown gets tossed for it, inciting another feud. Pitcher Gaylord Perry, who gave up the homer, later admits it was he who used the m-word.
May 26 - With the wind blowing out at Wrigley, Rusty Staub, Joe Morgan, Jim Wynn and Ron Davis homer in a 17-4 bombing of Chicago. Conditions favor the hitters so well that John Bateman, after being plunked by a pitch, begs the umpire to let him stay and hit.
Jun 07 - Bob Aspromonte smacks five hits in a 17-1 thrashing at St. Louis, the biggest winning margin in club history. Houston pounds 23 hits, four by catcher Ron Brand. Julio Gotay adds three hits. Bo Belinsky and Claude Raymond combine to shut down the Redbirds, with reliever Raymond chipping in with a run-scoring double.
Jun 11 - Jim Wynn belts a mammoth home run at Cincinnati's Crosley Field off Sammy Ellis that lands on a freeway ramp beyond left field . The Reds explode for five runs in the ninth to salvage a doubleheader split, 8-4, after Houston won the opener, 7-4. Bob Aspromonte homers in both games.
Jun 15 - Jim Wynn drills three solo homers at the Dome to trip the Giants, 6-2. He is the only player to belt three homers at an Astrodome game until 1994. Bob Bolin and Bill Henry are his victims. Mike Cuellar strikes out ten to win his eighth of the year.
Jun 16 - Minutes before the trade deadline expires, Houston ships closer Claude Raymond to Atlanta for pitcher Wade Blasingame. Less than 24 hours later, Raymond saves a 9-8 decision over the Astros. Jim Wynn homers again, his seventh long ball in the past week.
Jun 18 - Don Wilson, just 22, fans Hank Aaron to complete his first no-hitter, a 2-0 gem over the Atlanta Braves . Aaron is Wilson's 15th strikeout victim that Father's Day afternoon. Jim Wynn's double off Phil Niekro keys a two-run rally for the game's only scoring. Though it is the third no-hitter in franchise history, it's the first shutout no-hitter and the first hurled in the Astrodome.
Jun 19 - Julio Gotay, filling in at second base while Joe Morgan is on military leave, goes 5-for-5 but the Cardinals outlast Houston, 5-4, in eleven innings. His last hit plates Bob Aspromonte to send the game to overtime. Roger Maris hits the game-winner off Barry Latman. Curt Flood ends it with a rare outfield unassisted double play, snaring a sinking liner by Bob Lillis then trotting to second base to double off Jim Landis.
Jun 20 - Julio Gotay doubles off Larry Jaster in the fifth inning for his eighth consecutive hit. The Cardinals rally late against Bo Belinsky to beat the Astros, 6-2. Gotay had been hit-by-pitched and singled before setting the club record.
Jul 11 - Jim Wynn becomes the first Houston player to get a hit in the All-Star Game . He singles in the ninth against Al Downing but does not score. Rusty Staub singles off Catfish Hunter in the 11th but also doesn't score. Mike Cuellar, the third Astro All-Star, pitches two shutout innings . Finally, Tony Perez of Cincinnati homers in the 15th to give the Nationals a 2-1 win.
Jul 14 - Eddie Mathews rips a three-run homer off Juan Marichal, the 500th of his major league career . It helps the Astros topple the Giants, 8-6. Mathews had a similar chance two innings before when a mouse dashed from the Candlestick grandstands and scurried until Willie Mays shooed it under the outfield fence. Mathews fanned but Norm Miller followed with a three-run shot. Dave Giusti picks up the win and gets the game-winning hit.
Jul 16 - Houston sweeps a twinbill against the Dodgers for the first time. Ron Davis bashes two run-scoring doubles while Don Wilson tosses seven shutout innings in the 4-1 opener. Eddie Mathews and Jim Wynn belt homers to lead the 8-2 nightcap win at Dodger Stadium.
Jul 23 - Jim Wynn clubs two homers in the 8-5 opener of a doubleheader split in Pittsburgh, including a mammoth three-run bomb that lands on a Little League diamond in back of Forbes Field. Houston has the league leader in each triple crown category (Wynn 25 HRs, 75 RBIs; Rusty Staub .358 BA) but sit, as a team, in last place. The Pirates get revenge in the nightcap, 15-2.
Jul 24 - Mike Cuellar tosses a two-hitter and notches a dozen strikeouts during a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia in eleven innings. Cuellar also scores the game-winner on a single by Jim Wynn. A sacrifice fly by Eddie Mathews plates the other Houston run.
Jul 29 - Bob Aspromonte drives in four as the Astros storm back to overcome the Pirates, 6-5, completing a four-game sweep. Julio Gotay, pinch-running for Aspro after his two-run double in the eighth, scores on a single by Bob Lillis for the game-winner. Larry Sherry shuts the door for winning pitcher Dave Eilers.
Jul 31 - Bo Belinsky tosses eight innings of one-hit ball before running out of gas in a 3-2 triumph over the Mets. Larry Sherry notches the save. Ron Davis homers while Doug Rader gets an infield single in his first big league at bat . Bob Lillis singles home Bob Aspromonte with the deciding run.
Aug 17 - Dave Giusti twirls an eight-hit shutout over the Dodgers, 4-0. A bases-loaded double by Ron Davis is the key blow. Houston deals first baseman Eddie Mathews to Detroit, eventually receiving reliever Fred Gladding and cash (not Norm) in return.
Aug 23 - Jim Wynn cracks his 30th home run of the season during a 9-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Clay Carroll is the victim. Wynn is the first Houston player to reach that plateau and no other Astro would join him until Glenn Davis in 1986.
Sep 09 - Jim Wynn smashes two home runs, his 34th and 35th of the year, to drop the Dodgers, 5-3. Wynn becomes the first in franchise history to reach 100 RBIs. Mike Cuellar wins his 14th of the year.
Sep 11 - Jim Wynn cracks his 37th homer of the season in an 11-10 squeaker over the Cubs. The home run mark would stand for 27 years. Houston uses nine pitchers in the victory, including catcher Ron Brand in the eighth when it looked like the Astros had control.
Sep 14 - Walt Bond, who led the Colt .45s in home runs and RBIs three years earlier, dies of leukemia at Methodist Hospital. He was 29 years old.
Sep 27 - Mike Cuellar defeats Philadelphia's Jim Bunning in a 1-0 duel that lasts eleven innings. Chuck Harrison plates Rusty Staub with the game-winner. Cuellar fans a dozen and allows just six hits while becoming the first 16-game winner in franchise history.
Nov 08 - Eric Anthony is born in San Diego, CA. Expected to be a power threat for many years, strikeouts and a low batting average keep him from fulfilling his potential. He bats .224 over five seasons in Houston (1989-1993), and hits 19 homers with 80 RBIs in his best year as an Astro.
Nov 15 - Pedro Borbon is born in Mao, DR. The lefthander is a midseason acquisition during the 2002 season. He posts a 3-2 record with one save, mostly as a situational reliever.
Nov 22 - Astros receive pitcher Fred Gladding to complete the trade with Detroit for Eddie Mathews. The reliever compiles a 22-23 record with 76 saves over the next six years in Houston.