Sonny Jackson - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Jun 18, 1962:Signed Sonny Jackson(IF) as free agent
Oct 8, 1967:Traded Sonny Jackson(IF) and Chuck Harrison(IF) to Atl-N for Denis Menke(IF) and Denny Lemaster(P)

This Date in Astros History

Sep 27, 1963:The fledgling Colts field an all-rookie lineup for a late-season duel with New York. Starting are outfielders Brock Davis, Aaron Pointer and Jim Wynn, infielders Rusty Staub, Joe Morgan, Sonny Jackson and Glenn Vaughan, catcher Jerry Grote and 17-year-old pitcher Jay Dahl. Despite four future All-Stars, the Mets prevail, 10-3.
May 3, 1966:Joe Morgan homers and drives in three to pace the Astros past the Cubs, 10-2. Dave Giusti is the complete-game winner, assisted by three Chicago errors that provide five unearned runs. Sonny Jackson adds three hits and a stolen base.
Jun 2, 1966:Houston produces nine hits, including eight consecutive singles, in the 12th inning to subdue the Reds, 11-4. The inning starts as a 3-3 tie when Bob Aspromonte singles off Jack Baldschun. Base knocks by Rusty Staub, Ron Brand, Jim Gentile, Joe Morgan, Sonny Jackson, Jim Wynn and Dave Nicholson follow. Staub later doubles in the frame. Claude Raymond survives a bases-loaded scare for the victory.
Aug 13, 1966:Dave Giusti allows a second-inning single to Cap Peterson and nothing more as he outduels San Francisco's ace Juan Marichal, 3-0. Giusti walks none and strikes out four while facing 28 batters. Ron Davis rips his first big league homer while Sonny Jackson swipes his 37th base, setting a new NL rookie mark.
Sep 16, 1966:Sonny Jackson goes 5-for-5 and Chuck Harrison belts a grand slam as the Astros break nemesis Chris Short and the Phillies, 6-4. Mike Cuellar tosses his sixth straight complete game.
Nov 25, 1966:Sonny Jackson is runner-up for N.L. Rookie of the Year honors. The 21-year-old shortstop bats .292 and steals 49 bases. The award goes to Cincinnati infielder Tommy Helms.
Oct 8, 1967:Infielders Sonny Jackson and Chuck Harrison are dealt to the Braves for lefthander Denny Lemaster and infielder Denis Menke. It turns into a good deal as Menke becomes a two-time All-Star while Lemaster wins 30 games and saves six in four seasons for Houston.
Sep 7, 1968:Even the greats are human. Atlanta's Hank Aaron, representing the winning run, stumbles and falls rounding third base in the bottom of the ninth on a single by Sonny Jackson and is caught in a rundown. Doug Rader tags him out on a play where Aaron should have scored easily. Instead, the game goes into extra innings where Rader and Jim Wynn smack doubles to key a 6-3 ten-inning triumph.
Sep 13, 1969:Larry Dierker tosses 8-2/thirds no-hit innings against Atlanta in quest of his 20th win. An infield single by Felix Millan breaks up the no-hitter but the game is still tied, 0-0. Dierker leaves in the 13th with a 2-0 lead, only to see ex-Astros Sonny Jackson and Bob Aspromonte key a three-run Atlanta rally for a nightmarish 3-2 defeat. Houston drops to fifth place, 4-1/2 games out of the N.L. West lead.