1984 - Timeline
from This Date in Astros History

Feb 11 - Justin Richard Towles is born in Crosby, TX. After a fast start, Towles bats .187 with 11 homers in his first four seasons as an Astro (2007-2010).

Feb 14 - Houston signs infielder Enos Cabell, back from Detroit, as a free agent. A popular Astro during his six seasons (1975-1980) which he spent mostly as a third baseman, Cabell becomes the regular first baseman and bats .310 with eight homers. He is dealt to the Dodgers early in the 1985 season.

Feb 24 - Houston swaps backup catchers with Montreal. George Bjorkman heads to Quebec in exchange for Tom Wieghaus. Bjorkman batted .227 in his one season as an Astro. Wieghaus sees action in just six games and goes hitless.

Mar 25 - Astros purchase infielder Alan Bannister from Cleveland. In nine games that season with Houston, Bannister would bat .200 before a trade to the Rangers.

Apr 08 - Shortstop Dickie Thon is beaned by Mike Torrez in a 3-1 loss to the Mets. The fastball broke a bone near Thon's left eye which caused bruising and a huge shiner. He would be out the entire season and battled vision problems the rest of his career.

Apr 28 - NBC accidentally leaves the field microphone open while broadcasting a 5-3 Atlanta victory. Astro catcher Harry Spilman argues with home plate umpire Jerry Crawford. Manager Bob Lillis and Coach Denis Menke soon get into the act and profanities fly in every direction. NBC switchboards are flooded with complaints.

May 06 - Astros club 19-year-old phenom Dwight Gooden with eight runs in the third on their way to a 10-1 drubbing of the Mets. Nolan Ryan, almost twice Gooden's age, scatters six hits for the victory. Ryan contributes a bunt hit over Gooden's head in the rally while Mark Bailey drives home the first and last runs of the frame.

May 22 - Fredbird, the mascot of the St. Louis Cardinals, tackles Enos Cabell in pre-game warmups. Cabell aggravates a knee injury. Heated words are exchanged between the two clubs but Houston gets revenge in the twelfth when Mark Bailey triples off Bruce Sutter to key a 4-3 victory.

Jun 07 - Jerry Mumphrey and Craig Reynolds crack two-run homers to pace the Astros to a 14-5 thumping in San Francisco. Terry Puhl has four hits while Jose Cruz and Bill Doran each contribute three. Joe Niekro is the beneficiary.

Jun 16 - Ray Knight's three-run shot and Phil Garner's two-run blast in the seventh overcome a 5-1 Dodger lead en route to a 7-5 Houston triumph. Prior to the seventh, the Astros had hit only two homers in the Dome all season. Mike Madden gets the win in relief.

Jun 22 - Bill Doran slaps two triples and drives in four to spark a 10-3 victory over the Giants. Mark Bailey adds a home run. Mike Scott delivers two hits of his own while winning his fourth of the year.

Jul 01 - Jerry Mumphrey cracks two home runs and drives in six as the Astros maul the Phillies, 13-1. Denny Walling also homers. Jose Cruz has a four-hit night and scores four times. Craig Reynolds and Terry Puhl chime in with triples. Joe Niekro scatters six hits in an easy victory.

Jul 06 - Bill Doran singles five times in the second game of a doubleheader against Montreal, a 7-5 loss. Houston takes the opener, 8-2, as Joe Niekro wins his seventh straight in a complete-game performance.

Jul 15 - Alan Ashby singles home Jose Cruz in the 16th inning to outlast the Phillies, 3-2. Houston leaves 20 runners on base and ties a league record by drawing seven intentional walks, all after the 11th frame. A two-run blast by Mark Bailey provided the other runs.

Jul 17 - Mark Bailey overcomes two questionable ninth-inning calls to lead a 3-2 triumph over the Mets. Jobbed by a bad call at the plate that gave New York a 2-1 lead in top of the ninth, Bailey gets revenge with a two-run blast off Doug Sisk that caps an emotional night where fines are passed out to players on both squads.

Jul 24 - Enos Cabell, Phil Garner and Jose Cruz slug back-to-back-to-back homers off Mark Davis to highlight a nine-run inning that dooms the Giants, 10-3, at Candlestick Park. Cruz homers again to ice the cake. Shortstop Bert Pena gets his first two big league RBIs on two separate singles in the fateful fifth inning.

Aug 17 - Jim Pankovits bloops a two-run double in the tenth to key a 7-4 comeback win over the Pirates. A wild pitch by Pittsburgh's Don Robinson had plated the tying run in the ninth. Enos Cabell leads the assault with three hits, including a home run.

Aug 22 - Jose Cruz rips a grand slam in a seven-run second inning as Houston coasts to an 8-3 triumph over the Cubs. Phil Garner also homers. Nolan Ryan scatters five hits and strikes out 12 as he goes the distance.

Aug 28 - Ray Knight is traded to the Mets for Gerald Young and two other prospects. Houston stages a three-run rally in the eighth to nip the Pirates, 3-2. Terry Puhl's suicide squeeze scores Jose Cruz after Jerry Mumphrey tied it with a two-run single. The Astros move into second place, nine games behind San Diego.

Sep 06 - Craig Reynolds blasts a grand slam and Glenn Davis smashes his first big league homer as Houston crushes the Giants, 14-2. Bob Knepper contributes two hits and three RBIs as well as a seven-hit complete game victory.

Sep 18 - Phil Garner scorches a two-out RBI triple in the bottom of the ninth to tie the Giants, 4-4. Craig Reynolds finishes the job the next inning with a single off the fence that plates Terry Puhl for the game-winner in a 5-4 triumph. Dave Smith picks up the win.

Sep 25 - Phil Garner goes 4-for-5 to pace a 12-6 win at Dodger Stadium. Houston pounds Orel Hershiser for five runs in the second but Los Angeles gets to Joe Niekro for six runs in the bottom of the frame. No problem. The Astros tally four more times the next inning and then it rains. Niekro staggers to his 16th win while Jose Cruz and Alan Ashby go deep.