1990 - Timeline
from This Date in Astros History

Jan 26 - Astros ink pitcher Terry Clark who had played two seasons with the Angels. The righthander appears in just one game for Houston that season and reemerges six years later to pitch in five games for the Astros in 1996. His career in Houston is forgettable: 0-2 with an ERA over 11.00.

Feb 01 - Houston avoids arbitration with reliever Larry Andersen when they agree on a two-year deal. The real benefit comes later in the season when Andersen is traded to Boston for a young minor-league third baseman.

Feb 07 - The Astros Silver Anniversary Team (1965-1989) is announced at a Houston banquet. Joe Morgan is honored as the first genuine Astro to make it to the Hall of Fame. Mike Scott also receives the 1989 Astros Most Valuable Player award. Not surprisingly, both are on the 25th Anniversary squad.

Feb 17 - Shortstop Andujar Cedeno is signed to a minor-league deal and placed on the Astros' 40-man roster, causing various national sportswires to misidentify him both as Cesar Cedeno and Joaquin Andujar. The 20-year-old fellow Dominican is not related to either former Astro.

Mar 13 - Houston trades two minor league players to the Yankees for shortstop Orlando Miller. The infielder would come up to the majors in 1994 and would find himself as part of the nine-player deal with the Tigers after the 1996 season.

Mar 18 - A spring labor lockout is finally settled. The Astros report to spring camp in a rush to be ready in time for the April 9th season opener. The first exhibition game isn't until March 26th.

Mar 28 - Astros Special Assistant Donald Davidson dies in Houston at age 64. Only four-feet-tall after contracting a childhood illness, Davidson spent 50 years in baseball, working his way up from batboy to baseball executive. Davidson came to Houston in 1976 and served a number of front-office roles. His body was donated to science.

Apr 09 - On the Dome's 25th Anniversary, Houston fails to hold an early lead and drops an 8-4 decision to Cincinnati. Glenn Davis is hit-by-pitch three times, tying a major-league record.

May 17 - Eric Anthony becomes the first Astro to reach the Dome's upper reserved seats in right field with a mammoth blast off Mike Bielecki in a 5-4, eleven-inning victory against Chicago. Cincinnati's Bernie Carbo was the only previous player to do it. Ken Oberkfell's sacrifice fly scores Ken Caminiti with the game-winner.

May 26 - Glenn Davis mauls the Cubs at Wrigley Field during a doubleheader sweep. Davis swats two homers and a single for five RBIs in the 8-1 opener. In the nightcap, he adds another homer and two doubles with four RBIs to lead a 12-3 victory. Davis had been homerless for nearly three weeks before the twinbill.

Jun 01 - Glenn Davis belts three home runs and drives in five but that's only good enough to tie San Francisco after nine innings. Greg Litton taps home the game-winner in the eleventh for a 6-5 Giant decision.

Jun 08 - Glenn Wilson's three-run pinch-hit homer in the tenth inning off Randy Myers stuns the Reds, 3-1, at the Astrodome. Mike Scott and Tom Browning trade nine shutout innings before the Reds break the tie with a single by Todd Benzinger, only their third hit of the night off Scott, who fans fifteen. Myers comes in to close only to see Wilson launch the game-winner.

Jul 25 - Danny Darwin goes the distance on five hits in a 5-1 victory in Atlanta. Eric Yelding goes 4-for-4, swipes two bases and drives home two as the offensive star. But it's Franklin Stubbs who enters the record books, becoming only the 15th major leaguer to play an entire game at first base without making a putout.

Aug 06 - Joe Morgan becomes the first player inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame who has had a significant part of his career with the Houston Astros (1963-1971). His MVPs and World Series triumphs came while with Cincinnati and he chooses to be inducted as a Red. No player yet has worn an Astros cap upon induction.

Aug 13 - Franklin Stubbs belts two homers and drives in four to pace a 7-2 triumph in Chicago. Mark Portugal goes the distance and drives in two runs himself.

Aug 18 - Franklin Stubbs is the offense as Houston trips the Cardinals in 11 innings, 3-2. Stubbs doubles home Eric Yelding in the first inning, smashes a solo shot off Lee Smith in the ninth, then singles off Frank DiPino in the 11th. He steals second then scores on a base hit by Mark Davidson. Stubbs' four hits account for half of the Astros' output.

Aug 31 - With nobody on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Astros come alive for three runs to stun the Pirates, 3-2. They must be living right. On the same day, they acquire a minor-league third baseman, Jeff Bagwell, from Boston for reliever Larry Andersen.

Sep 04 - Down 7-0, the Astros respond for a 10-8 triumph at Dodger Stadium. A three-run pinch-hit bomb by Eric Anthony starts the comeback. An error by Hubie Brooks allows the game-winner. Luis Gonzalez strikes out in his big league debut.

Sep 21 - Mike Simms' first big league homer in the tenth inning scalps the Braves, 4-3. Jim Deshaies benefits when Ken Caminiti takes a grounder from Francisco Cabrera and sends it around the horn to Dave Rohde and Simms for a triple play to squelch a threat.

Sep 26 - Franklin Stubbs drives in six as the Astros blast the Dodgers, 10-1. Jim Deshaies hurls a four-hitter. Stubbs clubs his 22nd homer, a three-run shot, to break open a game that saw six Astros score after reaching base on walks.

Sep 28 - A two-run triple in the bottom of the tenth by Casey Candaele stuns the Braves, 2-1, after Atlanta had just scored to take the lead. Danny Darwin hurls seven shutout innings to reduce his ERA to 2.21, earning him the league title.

Dec 17 - Reliever Dave Smith signs a free agent deal with the Chicago Cubs. Sadly, he would pass away 18 years later to the day of a heart attack. The bullpen closer in Houston since 1985, Smith would end an eleven-year run with the Astros, holding a 53-47 record and a 2.53 ERA to go with 199 saves. The veteran would not serve the Cubs well, posting an 0-6 record with 17 saves over two injury-plagued seasons.

Dec 19 - Danny Darwin leaves the Astros, signing a free agent deal with the Boston Red Sox. It is one month after he was named the club's MVP for the 1990 campaign. Darwin would return via trade for the last two months of the 1996 season.