Astros in the Sky
Born: Dec 6, 1945
Jay Dahl was a highly-regarded prospect from California who had a one-game career in the big leagues. Signed in June 1963, Dahl joined the Colt .45s near the end of the season and started the All-Rookie Game as a 17-year-old. The lefthander lasted 2-2/3rd innings against the Mets, allowing seven runs (five earned) as Houston lost a 10-3 game where they started all rookies.
Dahl returned to the low minors the next year but a bad back kept him from pitching. In 1965, he began the year with the Astros' affiliate in Salisbury, NC and had a 5-0 record. He pitched his team into first place in his last appearance but was killed in an auto accident on June 21st. A female companion, Patricia Ann Troutman, was also killed. Dahl's teammate, Gary Marshall, suffered broken limbs and was permanently blinded.