1985 - Timeline
from This Date in Astros History

Jan 10 - Sammy Gervacio is born in Sabana de la Mar, DR. In his debut season (2009), Gervacio posted a 1-1 record and an impressive 2.14 ERA in 29 games from the bullpen but injuries limit him to just six games in 2010.

Jan 28 - Dequam LaWesley Wright is born in Birmingham, AL. The lefthanded reliever crafts an 8-9 record in his four big league seasons (2008-2011) in Houston.

Feb 21 - Pitchers and catchers report to the first official workouts at the Astros' new spring training facility in Kissimmee, FL. It is considered by all an upgrade over the team's old facilities in Cocoa, FL that had been in use for the previous 21 years.

Mar 02 - David S. "Bud" Norris is born in Greenbrae, CA. The righthander compiles a 21-24 record with a 4.33 ERA over his first three seasons with the Astros (2009-2011).

Mar 11 - Righthander Mike Scott, coming off a 5-11 season, tests his new split-fingered fastball for the first time in live action. The two-inning stint against the Toronto Blue Jays is uneventful and Scott likes it that way. He hopes to earn the fourth spot in Houston's pitching rotation.

Mar 27 - Shortstop Dickie Thon impresses as he comes back from the beaning that ended his 1984 season in the opening week. He swats a double off the wall in a 3-1 victory over the Dodgers and turns a thrilling double play behind Bob Knepper. Thon explains his injured eye socket seems healthy once again.

Apr 09 - On the Dome's 20th Anniversary, Nolan Ryan leads a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles, surviving a first-inning kiss from Morganna who also smooches Dickie Thon before the police arrest her.

Apr 14 - In a battle between the major-league's top two strikeout artists of all time, Nolan Ryan defeats Steve Carlton and the Phillies, 5-3. Ryan increases his career strikeout lead over Carlton to ten (3,887 to 3,877). Jose Cruz supports with three hits.

Apr 16 - Astros touch Steve Howe, Tom Niedenfuer and Ken Howell for six runs in the ninth to shock the Dodgers, 7-3. Kevin Bass' double starts the rally which makes a winner of Dave Smith. The key play occurs when Howell misfires on Bill Doran's suicide squeeze bunt, allowing two Astros to score.

Apr 20 - Joe Niekro and Frank DiPino combine on a two-hitter for an 8-1 victory over Atlanta. Jose Cruz drives in four while Brave-killer Craig Reynolds has two hits, including a homer.

May 11 - Astros rebound from a 5-0 deficit to take a 10-7 victory in Cincinnati. A five-run sixth does the trick as Phil Garner drills a bases-loaded triple off Mario Soto then scores on a suicide squeeze bunt by Mark Bailey.

May 14 - Rookies Ron Mathis and Mark Ross team up to blank Montreal, 10-0. Craig Reynolds is the offensive star with four hits, including a two-run double. Jerry Mumphrey and Bill Doran each contribute three hits. Mathis would have only three major league wins in his career. Ross would have two.

May 19 - Jim Pankovits raps four hits, including a double and a home run, to pace a 7-3 victory over St. Louis. Enos Cabell and Alan Ashby also go deep.

May 29 - Jim Pankovits ' grand slam off John Candelaria breaks a 3-3 tie as Houston belts the Pirates, 8-3. The blast keys a seven-run seventh inning after Phil Garner and Mark Bailey delivered RBI singles. Nolan Ryan picks up the victory.

Jun 09 - Joe Niekro becomes the winningest pitcher in club history with a two-hit shutout of the Giants, 5-0. Mark Bailey helps his batterymate with a three-run blast. Niekro had failed in the previous six starts to notch his 138th win as an Astro, leading to offers from Niekro to pay the hitters for helping him set the mark.

Jul 05 - Kevin Bass launches two solo homers to pace a 4-2 triumph over Montreal. Jose Cruz drives in the other two runs to set a new franchise mark for RBIs (783), since broken by Jeff Bagwell.

Jul 11 - Nolan Ryan fans Danny Heep in the sixth inning to become the first player to reach 4,000 career strikeouts. Kevin Bass homers in the frame to give the Astros a 3-1 lead but miscues later let the Mets tie it. Bill Doran's fifth hit of the game, in the 12th, scores Dickie Thon for a 4-3 Houston victory.

Jul 28 - Craig Reynolds bangs out four hits as Houston bombs the Mets, 12-4. Mark Bailey and Jose Cruz contribute three hits each in the 19-hit effort. The New Yorkers are gracious hosts, giving the Astros four errors to work with. They ought to be since the Astros giftwrapped 16 unearned runs in a doubleheader fiasco the day before.

Aug 14 - Pinch-hitter Dickie Thon blasts a three-run shot off Mark Davis to key a 7-5 victory over San Francisco. He drives in an insurance run to give him four RBIs. Jeff Heathcock wins as Nolan Ryan leaves after three innings.

Aug 20 - Houston bloodies the Redbirds, 17-2, at the Dome before fans watch a screening of "Jaws" on the new Diamondvision scoreboard. Mark Bailey belts a grand slam while Dickie Thon homers and drives in four to lead the 19-hit attack. Bailey, Glenn Davis and Terry Puhl each deliver three of those hits.

Sep 15 - Glenn Davis blasts a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth off Craig Lefferts for a 2-1 victory over San Diego. Jose Cruz notches the 2,000th hit of his career. Meanwhile, Joe Niekro is dealt to the New York Yankees for pitcher Jim Deshaies and two other prospects.

Oct 07 - Bob Lillis is fired as manager of the Astros. The former infielder is 276-261 in just over three seasons at the helm.

Oct 17 - Edwin Maysonet is born in Arecibo, PR. The utility infielder bats .276 in parts of two seasons with Houston (2008-2009).

Nov 05 - Hal Lanier is named as the Astros' new manager. It's the first big league managerial assignment for the 43-year-old former infielder and coach who indicates he plans a style similar to his boss in St. Louis, Whitey Herzog, based on pitching and speed.

Nov 18 - It's no boo-boo. The Astros sign 59-year-old Yogi Berra to serve as a bench coach for new skipper Hal Lanier. The quotable Berra is persuaded to come to Texas at the request of owner John McMullen. The two are neighbors in New Jersey.

Dec 16 - Outfielder Jerry Mumphrey is dealt to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Billy Hatcher and a minor leaguer. Mumphrey compiles a .291 average over three seasons in Houston. Hatcher bats .266 over four seasons but provides better power and speed.

Dec 17 - Reliever Fernando Abad is born in La Romana, DR. The lefthander sported a 2.84 ERA in his rookie 2010 campaign but struggled in his second and was returned to AAA.