Joe Pepitone - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Dec 4, 1969:Traded Curt Blefary(IF) to NY-A for Joe Pepitone(IF)
Jul 29, 1970:Sent Joe Pepitone(IF) to Chi-N for cash

This Date in Astros History

Dec 4, 1969:First Baseman Curt Blefary is traded to the Yankees for first baseman Joe Pepitone. A year to the day since being acquired, Blefary is dealt and his career is never able to recapture the magic of his first three years in Baltimore. Pepitone turns out not to be the answer at first base either and spends less than a year in Houston.
Apr 12, 1970:The Astros blast five home runs to trounce Phil Niekro and the Braves, 8-3 . Jim Wynn has the most memorable shot, a rocket that doesn't come to rest until it finds the gold (upper reserved) seats in the third inning (section 738C, row 6, seat 3) . That bested his blast into the purple seats in the first. Tommy Davis, Joe Pepitone and Doug Rader go yard as well, making an easy night for starter Larry Dierker.
Jul 29, 1970:Disgruntled first baseman Joe Pepitone, who suddenly "retired" rather than play in Houston, is sold to the Cubs. He had belted 14 home runs during his four months in Texas. Bob Watson takes over at first as Larry Dierker is roughed up during a 9-2 loss at Wrigley Field.
Oct 12, 1970:Astros deal shortstop Hector Torres to the Chicago Cubs for shortstop Roger Metzger. Though denied by both sides, many suspect the trade is compensation for the Cubs' mid-season acquisition of Joe Pepitone. The slick-fielding Torres bats .218 over three seasons with the Astros. Metzger, a former first-round choice from Fredericksberg, TX, mans the Astro infield for eight years.
Aug 2, 1971:Don Wilson fires a two-hitter to outduel Ferguson Jenkins and Chicago, 2-1. Denis Menke doubles home Doug Rader then scores on a single by Jesus Alou. Houston fans boo Joe Pepitone in each of four hitless trips to the plate.