Alan Ashby - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Nov 27, 1978:Traded Joe Cannon(OF), Pedro Hernandez and Mark Lemongello(P) to Tor-A for Alan Ashby(C)
May 11, 1989:Released Alan Ashby(C)

This Date in Astros History

Jul 8, 1951:Alan Ashby is born in Long Beach, CA. A .252 hitter during eleven seasons in Houston, Ashby catches three of the team's nine no-hitters and now provides commentary during Astros broadcasts.
Nov 27, 1978:Alan Ashby is acquired from Toronto for pitcher Mark Lemongello, outfielder Joe Cannon and a minor leaguer. Ashby becomes a stalwart in Houston for the next decade, hitting .252 and providing steady defense behind the plate.
Jun 9, 1980:Dave Kingman of the Cubs launches an air ball from left field during a 6-2 loss in Houston. Fielding a single off Alan Ashby, Kingman's throw to the plate lands in the Chicago dugout on the third-base side on the fly. Ken Forsch finishes the scoring by singling home Ashby from third en route to the victory. The win is a nice 49th birthday gift for Astros skipper Bill Virdon.
Jul 25, 1980:Astros shock Montreal with seven runs in the ninth inning for a 9-8 triumph. Terry Puhl starts the rally with a blast off Steve Rogers then Jose Cruz, Enos Cabell and Alan Ashby each deliver two-run hits to complete the comeback. Ashby's double is his third hit. Frank LaCorte is the surprise winner.
Aug 21, 1980:Terry Puhl has a four-hit night to lead Houston past Pittsburgh, 12-5. The Astros pound 18 hits but none more exciting than a roller to centerfield that skips under the glove of Omar Moreno. Alan Ashby puffs around all four bags on what is ruled a three-base error.
Oct 6, 1980:Astros win the N.L. West for the first time with a 7-1 playoff victory in Los Angeles. Joe Niekro gets his 20th win on a six-hitter. Art Howe is the offensive star with four RBIs on a two-run homer and a two-run single. Craig Reynolds adds three hits. Alan Ashby is kneed by Dodger catcher Joe Ferguson after a violent collision in the fourth. Ashby's rib is broken and he'll miss most of the N.L.C.S.
May 5, 1981:Alan Ashby bloops a two-run, two-out ninth-inning single off Lee Smith to stun Chicago, 4-3. Smith would have won but for Scott Fletcher's error than prolonged the inning.
Sep 2, 1981:Bob Knepper hurls a three-hitter as Houston blanks the Mets, 8-0, to take over first place in the second-half standings. Knepper adds a two-run double to his cause. Alan Ashby and Tony Scott deliver four hits each in the 16-hit assault. Their victim? A lad named Mike Scott.
Oct 6, 1981:Alan Ashby, as if waiting a year for revenge, slams a two-out two-run homer off Dave Stewart in the ninth to stun the Dodgers, 3-1, in Game One of their divisional playoff series. Tony Scott had driven in Terry Puhl earlier but Los Angeles ties it up on a solo shot from Steve Garvey, one of just two hits given up by Nolan Ryan.
Jun 2, 1982:Alan Ashby swats a three-run homer and a two-run double to give him five RBIs during a 6-4 triumph over the Expos. The home run comes off Scott Sanderson. Nolan Ryan picks up the win.
Aug 9, 1982:Alan Ashby cracks two solo shots off John Montefusco to lift the Astros to a 4-3 victory in San Diego. Dickie Thon figures in both of the other tallies. Don Sutton wins his 11th of the season.
Jun 4, 1983:Alan Ashby smashes two homers and a double, driving in six, to rout the Reds, 13-0. Mike Scott wins his first game as an Astro. Ray Knight contributes four hits.
Jul 15, 1984:Alan Ashby singles home Jose Cruz in the 16th inning to outlast the Phillies, 3-2. Houston leaves 20 runners on base and ties a league record by drawing seven intentional walks, all after the 11th frame. A two-run blast by Mark Bailey provided the other runs.
Sep 25, 1984:Phil Garner goes 4-for-5 to pace a 12-6 win at Dodger Stadium. Houston pounds Orel Hershiser for five runs in the second but Los Angeles gets to Joe Niekro for six runs in the bottom of the frame. No problem. The Astros tally four more times the next inning and then it rains. Niekro staggers to his 16th win while Jose Cruz and Alan Ashby go deep.
May 19, 1985:Jim Pankovits raps four hits, including a double and a home run, to pace a 7-3 victory over St. Louis. Enos Cabell and Alan Ashby also go deep.
Apr 22, 1986:Alan Ashby homers off Atlanta's Duane Ward in the ninth for a 3-2 triumph. Charley Kerfeld, wearing his lucky Jetsons tee-shirt under his jersey, is the winning pitcher.
Aug 11, 1986:In a nationally-televised game marred by several fielding and baserunning gaffes, the Astros rally to nip the Dodgers, 7-6. Alan Ashby's bases-loaded double in the ninth off Ken Howell is the game-winner. Jose Cruz ignites a two-run eighth with a solo shot off Tom Niedenfuer.
Oct 12, 1986:Mike Scott tames the Mets again with a 3-1 triumph to even the N.L.C.S. at 2-2. Alan Ashby and Dickie Thon swat home runs to account for all of Houston's runs. While not as sharp as his Game One win, Scott continues to master New York with a complete-game three-hit, five-strikeout victory.
Apr 6, 1987:Jose Cruz homers off the Dodgers' Orel Hershiser to lead the defending N.L. West champion Astros to a 4-3 season-opening triumph. Alan Ashby contributes a two-run single. Dave Smith pitches the last two innings to seal the win for Mike Scott.
Jun 26, 1987:Craig Reynolds blasts two homers and drives in five to power the Astros over the Giants, 9-6, at Candlestick Park. Alan Ashby and Denny Walling also go deep while Jose Cruz contributes three hits.
Sep 10, 1987:Glenn Davis smashes three home runs and drives in five but the Astros fall to San Diego, 8-7. Alan Ashby also homers and hits a sacrifice fly in the ninth to tie it but Rob Nelson's pinch-hit single in the bottom of the frame settles the issue.
May 19, 1989:Mike Scott pitches seven innings of no-hit ball before Glenn Wilson singles to break it up. It is Pittsburgh's only hit in a 3-0 Houston triumph, the third one-hitter of Scott's career. Houston had tried to trade for Wilson earlier in the month but reached a snag when Alan Ashby, whom the Pirates wanted, vetoed the deal. Ashby is released soon afterwards.