Luman Harris - Timeline
This Date in Astros History
Jan 17 1915 - Chalmer Luman Harris is born in New Castle, AL. He would become the first manager of an indoor baseball team when the Colt .45s move into the Astrodome and become the Houston Astros in 1965.
Sep 19 1964 - The first manager in franchise history, Harry Craft, is fired with a 61-88 mark. Luman Harris is named to replace him. Nellie Fox starts off the new skipper's reign with a game-winning pinch-hit single in the ninth for a 2-1 win over the Mets.
May 21 1965 - Two nights after manager Luman Harris had been ejected by umpire John Kibler, Bob Aspromonte is ejected by Kibler after a tag call at third base. Bill Giles, the Dome's scoreboard operator, splashes the words "KIBLER DID IT AGAIN" on the big board. This led to an apology to the umpires and to Warren Giles, Bill's father and president of the league. Pitcher Ron Herbel of the Giants also gets the first hit of his career after going oh-for-55 in the 8-1 San Francisco decision. Herbel retired with an .029 batting average in nine seasons.
Dec 12 1965 - Astros fire Luman Harris as manager after just over one season at the helm. General Manager Grady Hatton is named as the new skipper.
Nov 11 1996 - Luman Harris dies in Pell City, AL at age 81. Harris coached the Colt .45s until he became manager late in the 1964 campaign. He lasts through the 1965 season with a 70-105 record. His best days are with Atlanta (1968-1973) where he skippers the first Western Division winners in 1969.