Turk Farrell - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Oct 10, 1961:Drafted Dick Farrell(P) from LA-N in Premium Phase of 1961 Expansion Draft
May 8, 1967:Sent Dick Farrell(P) to Phi-N for cash

This Date in Astros History

Oct 10, 1961:The Houston Colt .45s and the New York Mets choose in the first National League expansion draft. Among the Colt selections are Bob Aspromonte and Dick Farrell (both from L.A.), Hal Smith and Roman Mejias (Pit.), Ken Johnson (Cin.), Al Spangler (Mil.) and Bob Lillis (St.L.). Houston's first pick is infielder Eddie Bressoud but he is traded before the inaugural season begins.
Apr 11, 1962:Hal Woodeshick and Dick Farrell combine for Houston's first shutout, 2-0 over the Cubs. Hal Smith's first-inning single plated the game's only runs. This game also featured the franchise's first rain delay - one hour and seven minutes.
Apr 29, 1962:Roman Mejias belts a ninth-inning homer off Don McMahon to beat Milwaukee, 3-2. Hal Smith and Jim Pendleton also launch solo homers in the victory. Dick Farrell takes the win in relief.
May 11, 1962:Dick Farrell hurls a six-hit shutout and homers off Don Larsen to sink the Giants, 7-0. Merritt Ranew also goes deep. In addition, 36-year-old infielder Billy Goodman is signed to a contract. He would appear in 82 games for the Colts during his final big league season.
Jun 19, 1962:Bob Aspromonte celebrates his 24th birthday with two hits and two runs scored as the Colts subdue the Giants, 6-4. Hal Smith homers. Dick Farrell escapes a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to save it for Dave Giusti.
Jun 22, 1962:Dick Farrell ponders life's unfairness. He is the losing pitcher while New York's Al Jackson tosses a 2-0 one-hitter in the opener of a twinbill at the Polo Grounds. In the nightcap, the Colts explode for a 16-3 triumph. Winning pitcher Jim Golden gets support from four Houston homers and six Met errors, including three by first baseman "Marvelous" Marv Throneberry. Golden helps himself with three hits, including two triples.
Jul 13, 1962:Colt .45s ground into five double plays, still a franchise record, during a 4-0 meltdown in Pittsburgh. Shortstop Dick Groat starts three of them. Bob Friend defeats hard-luck Dick Farrell, who is wearing number "13" on Friday the 13th. It's the 16th loss in the past 18 games for the sinking Colts.
Jul 20, 1962:Roman Mejias singles home the winning run in the ninth as Houston nips the Cardinals, 4-3, on "Stan Musial Day" in Houston . Dick Farrell admits the next day during a radio interview that he threw an illegal spitball at Musial, but the St. Louis legend drilled it for an RBI single. Farrell is fined and touches off a debate that mars his 12-strikeout performance.
Jun 3, 1963:Pitching against the Dodgers usually gets Dick Farrell fired up, never forgiving them for making him available in the expansion draft. He tosses a no-hitter for the first seven innings and finishes with a 2-1, two-hit triumph. Rusty Staub belts the first homer of his big league career off Don Drysdale in the fourth .
Jun 9, 1963:The first Sunday night game in National League history is played at Colt Stadium with Houston blanking the Giants, 3-0, to sweep the series. The Colt .45s got permission from the league after the summer heat made day games an ordeal during the 1962 season. 38-year-old castoff Hal Brown is the hero, relieving Dick Farrell in third inning and allowing just one hit the rest of the way for his first National League win.
Sep 15, 1963:The Colts surrender just seven hits in sweeping a twinbill from the Mets, 5-4 and 5-0. Turk Farrell goes the distance on four hits in the opener while fanning eleven. Chris Zachary and Hal Woodeshick combine for a three-hit shutout in the nightcap. Teenager Rusty Staub and Johnny Weekly go deep in the second game.
Feb 20, 1964:Colts trade in cacti for grapefruits as they begin their first spring training in Cocoa, FL. The new facility is hailed as "state-of-the-art" but soon becomes disparaged because of poor drainage, snakes, and a spartan dormitory where the players are housed. Prankster Turk Farrell livens things up by purchasing a young alligator and slipping him into the clubhouse whirlpool.
Apr 20, 1964:Nellie Fox drives in four runs with a two-run single and a two-run triple to pace a 7-1 win over St. Louis. Dick Farrell tosses a four-hitter.
Jun 14, 1964:Dick Farrell becomes the first ten-game winner in the majors that season with a 4-1 triumph over Bob Gibson and the Cardinals. Two sacrifice flies by Al Spangler chase home half the runs. Injuries and bad luck would limit Farrell to just one win the rest of the year.
Apr 9, 1965:Houston's "Eighth Wonder Of The World" opens its doors for the first indoor baseball game, an exhibition against the New York Yankees. Dick Farrell tosses the first pitch . Ron Brand triples for Houston's first hit. The legendary Mickey Mantle homers to center field for the game's first run but the newly-named Astros prevail, 2-1 in twelve innings, on a single by player-coach Nellie Fox .
Apr 24, 1965:Bob Aspromonte is the first to set off the Astrodome scoreboard's home run display for its intended purpose during a 5-0 shutout of the Pirates. Vern Law is the victim. Jim Wynn adds another blast two innings later to delight the crowd. Dick Farrell scatters seven hits.
Jul 10, 1965:Joe Morgan stays hot, clubbing two home runs to lead a 10-1 thumping of the Mets in a 19-hit attack. Dick Farrell cruises through a five-hitter and is named to represent Houston at the All-Star Game for the fourth time.
May 5, 1966:"13" Is not an unlucky number when the Astros trip the Cubs, 4-3, in 13 innings. Jim Wynn singles home Joe Morgan for Houston's 13th win of the season. Dick Farrell and Bill Faul, who both wear 13 on their backs, are the starters but it's Frank Carpin who gets the victory.
May 13, 1966:Dick Farrell and Claude Raymond combine for a one-hitter in Philadelphia. The Astros only manage three hits themselves but the last is a ninth-inning blast by Jim Wynn off Chris Short that hits the roof of Connie Mack Stadium for a 1-0 victory.
Jul 19, 1966:Dick Farrell does it all during an 8-2 triumph over Philadelphia. He bangs three hits, including a three-run homer, while scattering eight hits in the complete-game victory. Jim Wynn is also 3-for-4 with a three-run bomb. This is the first game played on an all-Astroturf field.