Luis Pujols - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Jan 9, 1973:Signed Luis Pujols(C) as non-drafted free agent
Sep 1, 1984:Traded Luis Pujols(C) to KC-A for James Miner(ml)

This Date in Astros History

Jan 17, 1973:The Astros sign catcher Luis Pujols as a free agent. He would be a reserve for the Astros for seven seasons, hitting above .200 only twice.
Jun 29, 1978:Luis Pujols knows how to make an entrance. Called up from the minors, the catcher is dropped by helicopter into the Dome parking lot because of area flooding. He arrives in time to catch Floyd Bannister's four-hit shutout of the Reds. Pujols does not get a hit but he scores in the 5-0 whitewash.
Aug 15, 1980:In the 20th inning, the Padres play good hosts, giftwrapping a rally so Houston can celebrate a 3-1 victory. An error by Ozzie Smith puts Luis Pujols aboard, a late throw to second moves him up then Jerry Mumphrey muffs a fly ball from Terry Puhl to bring in the winning runs. Rookie Dave Smith, a San Diego product, pitches the final four innings for the win, ending the 6-1/2 hour marathon.
Oct 11, 1980:In a game of bizarre moments, Philadelphia beats Houston, 5-3 in ten innings, to even the N.L.C.S. at 2-2. Pete Rose crashes into Bruce Bochy at home plate to score the winning run. The game features a fourth-inning triple play by Houston that was reduced to two outs after pitcher Vern Ruhle grabs a soft liner by Garry Maddox and tosses to first. Houston also loses a run when Gary Woods is called out for leaving third base early on a sixth-inning fly ball by Luis Pujols. In addition, an Astro outfield assist is ruled to occur just after Rose crosses the plate, allowing his run to count.
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.