Joe Morgan - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Nov 1, 1962:Signed Joe Morgan(IF) as free agent
Nov 29, 1971:Traded Jack Billingham(P), Denis Menke(IF), Joe Morgan(IF), Ed Armbrister(OF) and Cesar Geronimo(OF) to Cin-N for Lee May(IF), Tommy Helms(IF) and Jimmy Stewart(IF)
Jan 31, 1980:Signed Joe Morgan(IF) from Cin-N as free agent
Dec 8, 1980:Released Joe Morgan(IF)

This Date in Astros History

Nov 1, 1962:Colt .45s sign 19-year-old infielder Joe Morgan as a free agent. Morgan relates in later years how few ballclubs were willing to give the 5-7 player a chance, deeming him too small to be a big-leaguer.
Sep 22, 1963:Joe Morgan delivers the winning hit in his second major league game, a pinch single with two outs in the ninth to nip the Phillies, 2-1. This prompts a tirade from Philadelphia skipper Gene Mauch who trashes the post-game meal after his squad let "a little leaguer" beat them.
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.
Apr 25, 1965:Joe Morgan singles home Bob Aspromonte in the 11th inning for a 5-4 triumph over Pittsburgh. It's the first day game at the Astrodome after the ceiling tiles had been painted to reduce the glare. Pirate outfielder Bill Virdon couldn't use it as an excuse when Jim Wynn scores on his three-base error. Umpire Vinnie Smith couldn't use it as an excuse when he overturns his own home-run call on Walt Bond's drive off the fence.
Jun 25, 1965:The Astros pass the one million mark in attendance for the first time during a 6-2 victory over the Mets. A two-run triple by Joe Morgan highlights the scoring. Larry Dierker outpitches Hall-of-Famer Warren Spahn who is a quarter-century older than the 18-year-old righthander.
Jul 8, 1965:Joe Morgan sets a club record, going 6-for-6, but the Astros lose in Milwaukee, 9-8, in twelve innings. Morgan launches two bombs, scores three times, drives in three and steals a base. The Braves counter with five solo homers then push three more across in the ninth to tie it. Don Bolling singles home Mike de la Hoz for the game-winner and it was good timing for them - Morgan was due up the next inning.
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.
Aug 13, 1965:Rusty Staub singles home the game-winner in the ninth to slip past New York, 3-2. In the typical fashion of those early Met teams, they couldn't stand a 2-0 lead and let the winning run on base when two Mets collide under Joe Morgan's pop fly. Don Nottebart tosses a complete-game six-hitter.
Nov 10, 1965:Joe Morgan receives the first vote of any Houston player for the National League MVP Award. But it is just one vote. Willie Mays of San Francisco gets the award over Dodgers Sandy Koufax and Maury Wills.
Nov 26, 1965:Joe Morgan receives four votes for National League Rookie of the Year, finishing a distant second to the Dodgers' Jim Lefebvre. Morgan bats .271 with 14 homers and 20 steals in his first full season in Houston.
Apr 22, 1966:Dave Giusti surrenders eight hits but walks away with a 2-0 shutout against the Giants. Giusti delivers three hits of his own but solo homers by Joe Morgan and Jim Gentile provide all the scoring.
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.
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.
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.
Jun 25, 1966:A batting-practice line-drive by Lee Maye strikes Joe Morgan, breaking his kneecap and forcing him to miss 40 games as well as an All-Star appearance. Morgan's replacement, Bob Lillis scores the winning run in a 3-2 victory over the Cardinals. Mike Cuellar fans 15 Redbirds in the win.
Jun 28, 1966:Joe Morgan becomes the first Astro named to start in an All-Star Game. Unfortunately, Morgan had broken his kneecap three days earlier and is unable to play. He was hitting .319 at the time of his injury. On the field, Houston loses at Pittsburgh, 4-3, but remain a surprising fourth in the National League race.
Apr 27, 1967:Joe Morgan keys a five-run outburst with a bases-loaded triple off Hal Woodeshick that drops the Cardinals, 6-4. The win ends a ten-game losing streak, their longest since 1963.
May 26, 1967:With the wind blowing out at Wrigley, Rusty Staub, Joe Morgan, Jim Wynn and Ron Davis homer in a 17-4 bombing of Chicago. Conditions favor the hitters so well that John Bateman, after being plunked by a pitch, begs the umpire to let him stay and hit.
Jun 19, 1967:Julio Gotay, filling in at second base while Joe Morgan is on military leave, goes 5-for-5 but the Cardinals outlast Houston, 5-4, in eleven innings. His last hit plates Bob Aspromonte to send the game to overtime. Roger Maris hits the game-winner off Barry Latman. Curt Flood ends it with a rare outfield unassisted double play, snaring a sinking liner by Bob Lillis then trotting to second base to double off Jim Landis.
Aug 7, 1968:A hard slide by Doug Rader into third base on a triple knocks out New York third baseman Kevin Collins and ignites a brawl. Houston police enter the fray. The donnybrook climaxes hostility that began when Mets outfielder Tommy Agee spiked Joe Morgan while sliding into second base. Amazingly, Rader stays in the contest and scores the eventual game-winner on a sacrifice fly by Dick Simpson. Larry Dierker bests Tom Seaver in the 4-3 victory.
Jun 5, 1969:Joe Morgan goes 4-for-4, including a home run and four runs scored, to pace the Astros past St. Louis, 11-6, at the Astrodome. Dooley Womack, the last of six Houston pitchers, gets the victory. Houston wins off the field too, choosing pitcher James Rodney Richard of Ruston, LA with the second overall pick in the draft, behind Jeff Burroughs. Richard has a 21-0 mark in his three years at Ruston High School.
Jul 18, 1969:Back for the first time in over a month after an on-field collision with teammate Hector Torres put him in a hospital, Jesus Alou starts a four-run ninth-inning rally that topples the Reds, 7-4. Alou scores the tying run on a double by Sandy Valdespino then Joe Morgan plates Johnny Edwards with a squueze bunt for the game-winner.
Aug 12, 1969:Curt Blefary's three-run bomb off Jerry Koosman leads Houston to an 8-7 victory over the Mets. Blefary drives in four while Doug Rader has a hand in four different rallies. Joe Morgan steals home for the game-winner which was actually a botched suicide squeeze play.
Sep 2, 1969:Amazing. It's September and the Astros are actually in a pennant race. They rally to drop the Cardinals in eleven, 7-6, when Jesus Alou's base hit plates Johnny Edwards. Joe Morgan and Doug Rader play long ball to overcome a 6-1 deficit. Houston sits in fifth place but just five games behind the front-running Giants and six games over the .500 mark.
Apr 13, 1971:Astros rally for five runs in the ninth to stun the Cardinals, 8-4. Joe Morgan's bases-loaded single precedes a three-run bomb by Norm Miller. Bob Watson also homers.
May 7, 1971:Joe Morgan raps four hits, steals two bases, scores three times and drives in two to lead the Astros over the Phillies, 8-1, in their first game at Veterans Stadium. Don Wilson strikes the key blow off Jim Bunning, a bunt that found a hole in the artificial turf between third and the pitcher and rolled until two runs were in.
Sep 17, 1971:Don Wilson fires a one-hitter and drives in two to sink the Reds, 4-1. The Astros make their second triple play of the season as Joe Morgan snares a blooper by Darrell Chaney, flips to Roger Metzger for the force at second, who then throws to John Mayberry at first. Wilson wins his 16th, contributing a suicide squeeze and an RBI single to his own cause.
Sep 19, 1971:Joe Morgan bashes an 11th-inning homer on his 28th birthday to torpedo the Reds, 5-4. It's his last long ball before the Reds acquire him in a trade. Cesar Cedeno goes 4-for-4. Despite the win, Houston is eliminated from the division race.
Nov 29, 1971:Astros deal infielders Joe Morgan and Denis Menke, outfielders Cesar Geronimo and Ed Armbrister, and pitcher Jack Billingham to Cincinnati for infielders Lee May, Tommy Helms and Jimmy Stewart in what would be the defining moment of Spec Richardson's tenure as General Manager. Morgan, Geronimo and Billingham would play major roles in two Worlds Championships. May and Helms have productive but not spectacular runs in Houston while Stewart, a utilityman, would bat .207 over two seasons.
Apr 18, 1972:After the infamous eight-player trade that sent Joe Morgan to Cincinnati, Houston wins the first head-to-head matchup with the Reds, 8-4. Tommy Helms, part of the deal, homers off Don Gullett to spark the attack.
Jan 31, 1980:Two-time MVP Joe Morgan returns to the Astros as a free agent, signing a one-year contract. Fulfilling his promise to the organization that gave him his start, Morgan is an important cog in the team's first championship.
Apr 17, 1980:Astros get more steals than hits in a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers. Joe Morgan has three of the seven swipes while Houston manages just six hits. Utilityman Derrel Thomas is the Dodger catcher, explaining the larceny in Astro hearts.
Jun 24, 1980:Joe Beckwith makes a wild throw to third in the 12th inning, allowing Cesar Cedeno to score the winning run in a 5-4 triumph over Los Angeles. It caps a 5-for-5 night for Cesar who hits two doubles, steals two bases, drives in two and makes a sensational catch in center. Joe Morgan sends the game to extra innings with a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth.
Sep 18, 1980:Joe Morgan victimizes his ex-teammates with a tie-breaking two-run homer as Houston puts a 10-2 hurt on Cincinnati. Jose Cruz follows with a two-run shot of his own. The win keeps the Astros within a game of the Dodgers in the tight N.L. West race.
Oct 10, 1980:Denny Walling delivers Rafael Landestoy with a sacrifice fly as Houston wins their first post-season home game, 1-0, over Philadelphia. The Astros lead the best-of-five N.L.C.S., 2-1. Joe Morgan slams a Tug McGraw fastball high off the right field fence in the 11th inning for a triple and comes out for Landestoy. Joe Niekro blanks the Phils for ten innings before Dave Smith enters to get the win.
Feb 7, 1990:The Astros Silver Anniversary Team (1965-1989) is announced at a Houston banquet. Joe Morgan is honored as the first genuine Astro to make it to the Hall of Fame. Mike Scott also receives the 1989 Astros Most Valuable Player award. Not surprisingly, both are on the 25th Anniversary squad.
Aug 6, 1990:Joe Morgan becomes the first player inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame who has had a significant part of his career with the Houston Astros (1963-1971). His MVPs and World Series triumphs came while with Cincinnati and he chooses to be inducted as a Red. No player yet has worn an Astros cap upon induction.
Jun 29, 2005:Houston drills Colorado, 7-1, as Roy Oswalt wins his tenth of the year. Morgan Ensberg blasts his 20th homer and Jason Lane belts his 13th. But the day's headline belongs to Craig Biggio who is hit in the elbow by Byung-Hyun Kim to claim the modern day career record for being hit by a pitch. It's his 268th plunking, passing Don Baylor. He's third on the all-time list. Biggio thanks the Rockies with a solo homer his next time up. Craig is also setting some other impressive career marks. His run ties him with Joe Morgan for 28th all-time. His two hits pass Rusty Staub for 52nd all-time. His stolen base ties Donie Bush for 63rd all-time. Biggio stands 13th all-time in doubles and 50th all-time in extra-base hits.