Walt Bond - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Dec 19, 1963:Purchased by the Houston Colt .45's from the Cleveland Indians.
Apr 10, 1966:Traded by the Houston Astros to the Minnesota Twins for Ken Retzer.

This Date in Astros History

Jan 28, 1928:Pete Runnels is born in Lufkin, TX. The two-time American League batting champion is dealt to Houston for Roman Mejias but is a disappointment in two seasons with the Colts, losing his first base job to Rusty Staub then Walt Bond.
Dec 19, 1963:Colts purchase first baseman Walt Bond from the Cleveland Indians. Bond plays two seasons for Houston, batting .258 with 27 homers and 132 RBIs.
Aug 23, 1964:Don Larsen, of World Series no-hit fame, tosses a five-hitter in the Texas heat to best Warren Spahn and the Milwaukee Braves, 7-1. It is Larsen's first complete game in five years. Bob Aspromonte and Walt Bond launch solo bombs to pace the Colts. Rookie catcher Jerry Grote adds two hits, including a two-run double.
Apr 25, 1965:Joe Morgan singles home Bob Aspromonte in the 11th inning for a 5-4 triumph over Pittsburgh. It's the first day game at the Astrodome after the ceiling tiles had been painted to reduce the glare. Pirate outfielder Bill Virdon couldn't use it as an excuse when Jim Wynn scores on his three-base error. Umpire Vinnie Smith couldn't use it as an excuse when he overturns his own home-run call on Walt Bond's drive off the fence.
Jun 4, 1965:Ron Brand drives a three-run shot into the left field seats off Bob Gibson in the ninth to shock St. Louis, 5-2. Walt Bond homers for the other two runs. Elsewhere, first baseman Jim Gentile is acquired from the Kansas City A's for two players and cash.
Aug 27, 1965:Pittsburgh's Roberto Clemente demonstrates his greatness with one of the defensive gems of the century. The Pirates misjudge a bunt from Bob Lillis that rolls casually into shallow left. Clemente dashes in from right field to grab it and throw out Walt Bond at third. His hustle is rewarded when the Bucs rally to overcome Houston, 10-9, in eleven innings.
Sep 14, 1967:Walt Bond, who led the Colt .45s in home runs and RBIs three years earlier, dies of leukemia at Methodist Hospital. He was 29 years old.