Astros in the Sky
The Deadball Era
Born: Apr 8, 1934
Richard "Turk" Farrell was one of the original players selected in the 1961 expansion draft by the Colt .45s. Farrell was the franchise's best pitcher during its early years (a three-time All-Star), but was also a notorious prankster. If he wasn't hiding alligators in the clubhouse whirlpool, he was sneaking chocolate milk into the pre-game cow-milking contest.
Farrell, a tall Bostonian, found success in Philadelphia during the 1950s before being traded to the Dodgers in 1961. He never forgave the Dodgers for making him available in the expansion draft after the season and gave some of his best efforts against Los Angeles afterwards.
In 1962, the club's first season, Farrell finished with an impressive 3.02 ERA but finished with a dismal 10-20 record due to poor run support. His 20-loss season remains a unique achievement in club history. Perhaps wearing number "13" was not such a good idea. Farrell did win 53 games for the team before being traded back to the Phillies. He retired after the 1969 season and died just eight years later in a car accident while working in England.