Jim Bouton - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Aug 24, 1969:Traded Dooley Womack(P) and Roric Harrison to Sea-A for Jim Bouton(P)
Aug 12, 1970:Released Jim Bouton(P)

This Date in Astros History

Mar 8, 1939:Jim Bouton is born in Newark, NJ. The righthander had a blazing fastball when he pitched in the World Series for the Yankees in 1964. By the time he gets to Houston in 1969, all he has left is a knuckleball and a manuscript.
Jul 27, 1967:Hamilton B. "Spec" Richardson is named General Manager, replacing Grady Hatton. His eight-year reign in the job is filled with controversy and his negotiating tactics are revealed by Jim Bouton in the pitcher's bestseller. On the field, Houston trips the Pirates, 5-4, with Barry Latman winning in relief.
Sep 17, 1969:Larry Dierker becomes the first Houston pitcher to reach 20 wins in a 2-1 victory at San Francisco. Jim Wynn and Doug Rader homer off Gaylord Perry for the decisive runs. For Giant fans, the chance to see Willie Mays hit his 600th homer is the big attraction but Dierker and Jim Bouton limit him to a single and two walks. The Astros are five games over .500 and 5-1/2 games out of first.
Sep 19, 1969:Keith Lampard, a native of England, gets his first and last major league homer. It's a two-run pinch-hit shot in the bottom of the ninth off Wayne Granger to shock the Reds, 3-2. So excited, the Brit almost runs past Jim Wynn on his way around the bases. Wynn had walked for the fourth time of the night. Houston sets an N.L. record for strikeouts with 1,125. Ironically, it's a knuckleball from Jim Bouton that sets the mark on a squad full of flamethrowers.