1993 - Timeline
from This Date in Astros History

Jan 07 - Kevin Bass is signed for a second tour of duty. The switch-hitting outfielder, an All-Star for the Astros during their 1986 championship year, bats .284 and .310 in reserve duty the next two seasons.

Jan 19 - Houston inks pitchers Mark Grant and Eric Bell to contracts. Neither wins a game for the Astros, appearing in just 16 games between them.

Feb 08 - A trio of arbitration cases are avoided when three starters are inked to similar three-year deals. Infielders Craig Biggio and Ken Caminiti, along with outfielder Steve Finley now represent a $32 million dollar investment to go with the $36 million spent on deals for pitchers Doug Drabek and Greg Swindell - a pay-out unlikely to have happened before the recent change in ownership.

Mar 05 - The first game in the Florida Marlins' history is a 12-8 pasting of the Astros in the Cocoa, FL park that was the spring home to the Astros for 21 years. Five-run outbursts in the second and fifth innings get the expansion franchise off in style. Phil Nevin belts two triples in his first game as an Astro.

Mar 06 - Free agent pitcher Doug Drabek tosses two shutout innings in a 3-2 win over the Dodgers. It is Drabek's first start with Houston after a career in Pittsburgh that included a Cy Young Award and three division crowns.

Mar 30 - Astros release pitcher Jason Grimsley, whom they acquired for pitcher Curt Schilling the previous year. Grimsley catches on with the Cleveland Indians. He did not pitch an inning while in Houston. Schilling, meanwhile, becomes a six-time All-Star who is a pivotal member of four pennant-winners.

Apr 02 - Nolan Ryan pitches in the Dome for the last time, a 4-3 exhibition loss for his Texas Rangers. A packed house of over 53,000 cheer the 46-year-old Alvin legend. Luis Gonzalez' three hits help to stake Pete Harnisch to a 4-0 lead over the future Hall-Of-Famer, who struck out only one batter in six innings.

Apr 13 - Houston erupts for seven runs in the eighth to master the Expos, 9-6. Eddie Taubensee's two-run homer is the big blow in the uprising.

May 10 - Ken Caminiti spanks a two-run double that caps a four-run eighth as Houston stuns the Braves, 5-2. Jose Uribe scores the game-winner. Xavier Hernandez picks up the win in relief.

May 14 - Ken Caminiti drills a bases-loaded double to key a seven-run fifth as Houston stops the Dodgers, 9-1. Scott Servais swats his third hit of the night, a two-run shot in the eighth, for good measure.

May 16 - Doug Drabek drills a home run off Pedro Martinez to beat the Dodgers, 3-2. Drabek picks up his fourth win while Doug Jones gets the save. Earlier, Craig Biggio had tagged Pedro Astacio for a solo shot.

May 22 - Ken Caminiti swats two solo homers and Jeff Bagwell hits only the tenth Loge Level home run at Jack Murphy Stadium, but the Padres dominate in a 9-4 decision. The blasts account for three of the five hits the Astros accumulate.

Jun 12 - The Astros get a Mile High welcome in their first visit to Denver. Houston watches a 7-0 lead evaporate in the thin Rocky Mountain air as Colorado rallies for a 14-11 decision. Doug Drabek and Doug Jones are pounded, wasting a four-hit, four-RBI night from Ed Taubensee.

Jun 22 - Jeff Bagwell does it all in a 5-1 victory over the Dodgers. He singles, doubles, homers, scores twice, drives in two and steals home. Darryl Kile goes the distance for his seventh win. All of Houston's runs are unearned.

Jun 23 - Eric Anthony smacks a three-run homer off Jim Gott in the top of the ninth to upend the Dodgers, 5-3. Luis Gonzalez had previously gone deep off Tom Candiotti. Doug Drabek hangs in long enough to claim the win.

Jul 03 - Darryl Kile slams a home run and a double, as well as pitching a six-hit shutout, to subdue St. Louis, 6-0. The homer comes against Omar Olivares. Eric Anthony contributes a two-run shot while Ken Caminiti punches three hits.

Jul 10 - Pete Harnisch hurls a one-hitter at Wrigley Field to begin a doubleheader sweep of the Cubs. Mark Grace's single in the seventh is the lone hit. Luis Gonzalez swats a double, triple and homer to drive in all four runs in the 4-0 opener. Gonzo belts another homer in the nightcap then Kevin Bass takes over to finish the 5-2 sweeper. Craig Biggio adds two doubles and a triple among his five hits.

Sep 08 - Darryl Kile hurls the ninth no-hitter in franchise history, a 7-1 triumph over the New York Mets. Kile fans Tito Navarro and Chico Walker to finish the game . Ken Caminiti and Andujar Cedeno both slug home runs and each provide a defensive gem in the seventh to preserve the no-hitter.

Sep 12 - Jeff Bagwell's hand is broken on a pitch by Philadelphia's Ben Rivera. Short term, the Astros don't hurt much as replacement Chris Donnels smashes a home run in a 9-2 triumph. Craig Biggio also goes deep. Pete Harnisch sails to his 14th victory.

Sep 17 - Pete Harnisch one-hits the Padres, 3-0 . The lone hit is a sixth-inning bunt by Jarvis Brown that many think should have been ruled an error on first baseman Chris Donnels. Donnels atones with a two-run double in the seventh to provide Harnisch offensive support.

Oct 05 - Art Howe is fired as manager and Bill Wood is fired as General Manager. Bob Watson is promoted to General Manager, making him the first African-American to hold the title at the big league level.

Nov 02 - Astros announce plans for $1 early-bird parking at the Dome, a popular move that continues for the next six seasons.

Nov 17 - Terry Collins is hired as Astros manager. Coming from the Pirates organization, Collins projects an aggressive no-nonsense attitude that eventually wears thin on the veteran players.

Nov 22 - Talks begin on building a new downtown stadium - for the Oilers. Bud Adams makes his pitch to civic leaders for a new home with more luxury suites. Astros owner Drayton McLane argues that there's nothing wrong with the Astrodome a little sprucing up couldn't fix.

Nov 27 - Astros deal pitcher Xavier Hernandez to the Yankees for pitcher Domingo Jean and infielder Andy Stankewicz. It is Jean the Astros covet but he never makes it back to the majors after ten games with New York. Stankewicz bats .189 in a reserve role over the next two seasons.

Dec 02 - Astros deal righthanders Doug Jones and Jeff Juden to Philadelphia for lefthander Mitch Williams. The two closers both falter in their new roles while Juden fails to catch on despite pitching for eight different organizations.

Dec 10 - Slugger Eric Anthony is traded to Seattle for lefthander Mike Hampton. It's one of the better swaps in team history as Hampton steadily improves in his six seasons in Houston while Anthony is unable to regain his batting stroke.

Dec 23 - Jim "Doc" Ewell dies of a heart attack during surgery at Methodist Hospital. The 74-year-old trainer had been with Houston since the beginning in 1962 and had worked, before that, for the Kansas City Athletics and the New York Yankees. He did not limit himself to baseball players, working also in football, basketball, boxing, tennis and gymnastics.