Astros in the Sky
Born: Aug 21, 1939
The Oklahoman holds some unique distinctions in a career where he rarely held a steady job during his ten big league seasons. After coming up with the Cardinals in 1963, Beauchamp was traded before the 1964 season in a deal that sent Carl Warwick to St. Louis. Early in the 1965 season, Beauchamp was sent along with pitcher Ken Johnson to Milwaukee for outfielder Lee Maye.
He made stops in Atlanta and Cincinnati before he was dealt back to the Astros after the 1969. Halfway through the 1970 campaign, Beauchamp was traded back to St. Louis. His last stop came when he was traded to the New York Mets where Beauchamp pinch-hit in four games of the 1973 World Series.
Beauchamp (pron BEE-chump) was the first player in Astros history to be acquired twice by trade and the first to be traded away more than once. He was also the left fielder for the first official game at the Astrodome, a 2-0 shutout by the Phillies.
After retiring, Beauchamp became a coach and settled into various roles with the Braves organization until he passed away on Christmas Day, 2007.