Art Howe - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Dec 12, 1975:Traded Tommy Helms(IF) to Pit-N for Art Howe(IF). Hou received Howe on Jan 6.
Nov 7, 1983:Granted free agency to Art Howe(IF) . Howe signed with StL-N on Mar 21.

This Date in Astros History

Dec 15, 1946:Art Howe is born in Pittsburgh, PA. The gutty infielder parlays a successful playing career into a successful managing career, using the same qualities of calmness, smarts and professionalism that marked his playing days.
Dec 12, 1975:Second baseman Tommy Helms is traded to Pittsburgh for a player who would later be named as infielder Art Howe. Helms completes a four-year run in Houston with a .269 average and 185 RBIs.
Jan 6, 1976:The Astros obtain Art Howe from the Pittsburgh Pirates to complete a deal the previous month for infielder Tommy Helms. The versatile Howe is instrumental in Houston's first division title and later manages the team for five seasons.
May 25, 1977:Art Howe slams a Charlie Hough knuckler for his second homer of the day to upend the Dodgers, 7-6. Julio Gonzalez contributes four hits. Joaquin Andujar gets the win in relief.
Jun 2, 1977:Bob Watson drills a three-run blast in the top of the ninth to tie the Reds at 3-3, then Art Howe scorches a two-run double in the eleventh for a 6-4 victory. Watson has four hits on the night.
Aug 15, 1977:Art Howe's first-inning grand slam keys a six-run first inning on Houston's way to a 15-3 laugher in Atlanta. Rob Sperring and J.R. Richard also launch bombs before the Astros wait through a rain delay with a 15-0 lead. Sperring gets four hits. Dan Larson tosses four innings of relief for the "save".
Apr 27, 1979:Art Howe singles home Craig Reynolds for a 9-8 triumph over Pittsburgh in eleven innings. It is Howe's fourth hit and fourth RBI of the game. Reynolds also has four hits.
Jun 13, 1979:Bob Watson is traded to the Red Sox for pitchers Pete Ladd, Bobby Sprowl and cash. On the field, Cesar Cedeno moves to first base, responding with three hits and three RBIs to pace a 4-3 victory over the Phillies. Art Howe homers. Joe Niekro wins his ninth straight decision to keep the Astros two games in front of the Reds.
Apr 25, 1980:J.R. Richard notches his 100th victory, toppling the Mets, 7-4. Art Howe contributes three hits and Jeff Leonard homers in the win.
Sep 6, 1980:Art Howe ties a club record with his eighth consecutive hit, a two-run single that paces a 9-5 win over St. Louis. A grand slam by Jose Cruz highlights the 6-4 nightcap for a twinbill sweep, drawing the Astros to within one game of the Dodgers for the N.L. West lead. Vern Ruhle goes the distance in the second game. Ruhle's performance while replacing J.R. Richard after his stroke keeps the Astros in the pennant race.
Sep 21, 1980:Vern Ruhle hurls 7-2/thirds innings of no-hit ball and claims a 5-1 win in San Francisco that retakes the division lead from Los Angeles. Jim Wohlford breaks up the bid and Ruhle finishes with a three-hitter. Art Howe homers and Gary Woods drives in a pair.
Oct 6, 1980:Astros win the N.L. West for the first time with a 7-1 playoff victory in Los Angeles. Joe Niekro gets his 20th win on a six-hitter. Art Howe is the offensive star with four RBIs on a two-run homer and a two-run single. Craig Reynolds adds three hits. Alan Ashby is kneed by Dodger catcher Joe Ferguson after a violent collision in the fourth. Ashby's rib is broken and he'll miss most of the N.L.C.S.
May 13, 1981:Don Sutton twirls a five-hit shutout to blank St. Louis, 3-0. Art Howe adds a two-run homer. Off the field, Mike Ivie is hospitalized for mental exhaustion less than a month after he was traded to Houston for Jeff Leonard and Dave Bergman. Expected to be the cleanup hitter, Ivie bats .237 with no homers in 19 games. He will miss the rest of the season.
May 24, 1981:Art Howe triples off Vida Blue to set a club-record 23-game hitting streak. San Francisco wins, however, 2-1. The only Houston run is on a solo shot by Luis Pujols.
Aug 26, 1981:Art Howe drives in five to pace a 9-3 win over the Mets. A sacrifice fly and a pair of doubles turn the trick. Don Sutton, with help from Vern Ruhle and Dave Smith, notches the win.
Oct 9, 1981:Burt Hooton spins a three-hitter as the Dodgers take a 6-1 verdict in Game Three of their best-of-five division playoff. The Astros still lead the series, 2-1. Art Howe's solo shot is the only Houston heroics. Steve Garvey's two-run blast in the first puts Los Angeles ahead to stay.
Nov 7, 1988:Former player Art Howe is named as manager of the Astros. He's the third Astro skipper in a row to make Houston their first big league managerial spot. Howe indicates he'll be able to lead in spite of players on the roster who were his teammates in days gone by.
Mar 6, 1989:After blowing late leads in each of their first three spring games, the Astros score four in the bottom of the ninth to steal a 5-4 victory over Kansas City for the first win in Art Howe's managerial career. Thad Bosley, Craig Biggio and Karl Allaire drive in the runs after three walks start the inning.
Oct 5, 1993:Art Howe is fired as manager and Bill Wood is fired as General Manager. Bob Watson is promoted to General Manager, making him the first African-American to hold the title at the big league level.