Born: Feb 21, 1943
John Eugene Billingham will always be remembered for three things: being traded to Houston in the infamous Rusty Staub trade, being traded to Cincinnati as part of the infamous Joe Morgan trade, and serving up Hank Aaron's record-tying 713th home run in 1973.
But while an Astro, Billingham split between starting and the bullpen, compiling a 29-32 record with a 3.75 ERA, five shutouts and two saves.
A distant cousin of legendary pitcher Christy Mathewson, he helped the Big Red Machine reach the playoffs four times, and was 2-0 in three World Series with an 0.36 ERA.
Billingham also pitched for the Dodgers, Tigers and Red Sox, earning a 145-113 record overall with a 3.83 ERA, 27 shutouts and 15 saves. He retired in 1980, entering the sporting goods business. In 1999, he coached for the Kissimmee Cobras of the Florida State League, an Astros farm team.