Billy Hatcher - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Dec 16, 1985:Traded Jerry Mumphrey(OF) to Chi-N for Billy Hatcher(OF) and Steve Engel. Hou received Engel on Jul 24.
Aug 18, 1989:Traded Billy Hatcher(OF) to Pit-N for Glenn Wilson(OF)

This Date in Astros History

Dec 16, 1985:Outfielder Jerry Mumphrey is dealt to the Chicago Cubs for outfielder Billy Hatcher and a minor leaguer. Mumphrey compiles a .291 average over three seasons in Houston. Hatcher bats .266 over four seasons but provides better power and speed.
Aug 5, 1986:Trailing the Dodgers, 2-1, Houston explodes for four runs in the eighth and five more in the ninth for a 10-2 triumph. Denny Walling drills two home runs among his four hits. Billy Hatcher belts a grand slam and Enos Cabell also goes deep. The Astros notch their 60th win, holding a five-game lead in the NL West.
Aug 14, 1986:Houston rallies for three in the eighth to stun Fernando Valenzuela and the Dodgers, 3-2. Valenzuela had held the Astros to two hits in seven frames before the uprising. Glenn Davis singles home Billy Hatcher with the game-winner.
Sep 3, 1986:Billy Hatcher homers in the 18th inning for an 8-7 victory in Chicago. The game had been suspended for darkness the previous day at 4-4 after 14 frames. Houston scores three in the 17th only to see the lead erased on a three-run bomb by Keith Moreland. In the regular game, Mike Scott fans twelve in an 8-2 victory, which includes a rare four-strikeout inning. The Astros push their lead to eight games over the Reds.
Sep 12, 1986:Billy Hatcher's two-run single is the game-winner as the Astros stun the Padres, 5-3, with three runs in the ninth. Terry Puhl draws a bases-loaded walk off Goose Gossage to tie it. Dave Smith becomes the first Astro to reach 30 saves.
Oct 15, 1986:In the one of the most thrilling games in baseball history, the Astros and Mets battle 16 innings at the Astrodome before the Mets prevail, 7-6, to win the National League pennant. Houston scores three in the first while Bob Knepper blanks New York for eight innings. The Mets rally to tie in the ninth and take the lead in the 14th. Billy Hatcher knots it again with a dramatic solo homer that hits the foul pole down the left field line. New York scores three more in the 16th but the Astros answer with two runs of their own. Finally, Kevin Bass strikes out with a runner aboard for the final out of the season.
Apr 15, 1987:Mike Scott delivers a one-hit, ten-strikeout shutout in Los Angeles, 4-0. A single by Mariano Duncan in the third is the lone blemish. Billy Hatcher and Glenn Davis pace the offense. Each had a home run and two RBIs.
Apr 21, 1987:Red-hot Billy Hatcher marks his ninth consecutive multi-hit game and 11th in the 14 games he's played.. His 28th hit of the season (a .475 average) keys a four-run ninth-inning comeback that shocks Atlanta, 7-6. His hitting streak would end at 16 games.
Jun 3, 1987:Chicago scores nine in the first inning off Bob Knepper en route to a 22-7 massacre, the most runs allowed by Houston in one game. Brian Dayett and Keith Moreland bash grand slams as does Billy Hatcher to tie a major league record. Moreland has seven RBIs in the game.
Aug 17, 1987:Billy Hatcher smacks four hits and swipes two bases to pace an 11-2 triumph over Atlanta. Hatcher goes deep off Joe Boever in the eighth to cap his night. Bill Doran adds three hits. Mike Scott strikes out ten over eight innings for the win.
Sep 1, 1987:Billy Hatcher is ejected for using a corked bat during a 3-2 loss to the Cubs. Hatcher claims the offending stick belongs to reliever Dave Smith but it still nets him a ten-game suspension.
Apr 8, 1988:Glenn Davis drills a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth to tie Cincinnati then Houston explodes for five runs in the 16th to take an 8-3 victory. Winning pitcher Larry Andersen starts the final rally with a single off Jose Rijo then scores on a two-run single by Billy Hatcher.
May 20, 1988:Billy Hatcher delivers five hits during a 5-3 triumph in St. Louis. His last one snaps a 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth, driving in Terry Puhl. Bob Knepper picks up his sixth win - lowering his ERA to 0.89 for the season. The two sides commit seven errors and even Cardinal wizard Ozzie Smith is not immune.
Jul 9, 1988:Nolan Ryan wins his 100th game as an Astro, dropping the New York Mets, 6-3. Only Cy Young before him had won 100 games for two teams in two separate leagues. A four-run fifth inning is the difference as RBI singles by Glenn Davis, Buddy Bell and Billy Hatcher surround four walks.
Aug 7, 1988:Two run-scoring balks help Houston edge Los Angeles, 4-2. Tim Leary is nailed with the first, letting Billy Hatcher score. Two innings later, Brian Holton makes the same mistake, allowing Bob Knepper to walk home. Knepper wins his 12th of the year with a save from Juan Agosto.
May 12, 1989:Jim Deshaies goes the distance with a four-hitter as Houston trips the Cubs, 3-1.Gerald Young and Billy Hatcher execute a double steal for the game's first run, with Young crossing the plate.
Aug 18, 1989:Rafael Ramirez gets a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Cubs, 6-5. Glenn Davis scores after doubling home Bill Doran. Davis had homered the inning before. Dave Smith is the surprise winner. Billy Hatcher is traded to Pittsburgh for outfielder Glenn Wilson.