Born: Jun 2, 1930
Robert Perry Lillis was the first in franchise history to both play for and manage the team. Known as "The Flea", Lillis was a light-hitting backup shortstop for the Dodgers and Cardinals when he was taken by the Colt .45s in the 1961 expansion draft.
In six seasons with Houston, he hit .232 with two homers and 17 steals as he took on the role of utility infielder. For his full career, Lillis hit .236 and three homers.
Lillis later turned to coaching and was named manager of the Astros in 1982. He left a 276-261 managerial record from 1982-1985. He then went to San Francisco in a coaching capacity.