Greatest 21 Days
Born: May 25, 1954
In December, 1980, Bob Knepper was acquired from the Giants for Enos Cabell after suffering through two consecutive mediocre seasons. It was a steal for Houston. The left-handed Knepper adjusted well to the Astrodome, becoming a solid #3 starter for most of his nine seasons with the franchise. In the team's 1986 Championship season, Knepper won 17 games. It was the third consecutive season he had won at least 15 games.
However, Knepper was known more for his negatives than his positives. Because of three poor seasons and poor run support in others, Knepper lost more games (100) with the team than he won (93). During Game 6 of the 1986 NLCS, Knepper became one of the franchise's all-time goats when he blew a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning. His religious views on women did not help, drawing national ire when he publicly criticized umpire Pam Postema after a 1988 spring training game as she tried to become the first female umpire to reach the major leagues and groused when the late Houston sportcaster Anita Martini was allowed in the locker room.