Jim Ray - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Dec 2, 1963:Drafted Jim Ray(P) from Bal-A as first-year player for $8,000 in 1963 First-Year Draft
Feb 24, 1967:Conditionally sent Jim Ray(P) to NY-N for cash. Ray was returned to Houston on Mar 24
Dec 3, 1973:Traded Jim Ray(P) and Gary Sutherland(IF) to Det-A for Fred Scherman(P) and cash

This Date in Astros History

Dec 1, 1944:Jim Ray is born in Rock Hill, SC. Nicknamed "Stinger", his best season comes in 1971 when he notches a 10-4 mark with three saves and a 2.12 ERA.
May 23, 1965:Hard luck pitcher Ken Johnson loses his last game for Houston, 5-2 at the hands of the Giants, in typical fashion. Jim Ray Hart hits a three-run inside-the-park homer in the first inning when Jim Wynn fails to track the fly ball as it falls on the warning track behind him. Johnson is traded later that afternoon to Milwaukee for Lee Maye.
Feb 24, 1967:Astros send pitcher Jim Ray to the Mets on a 30-day conditional deal. The Mets send him back a month later. It's a lucky break as Ray goes 42-25 with 23 saves over the next six years in Houston, used as both a reliever and a spot starter.
Apr 24, 1972:Johnny Edwards takes Ferguson Jenkins deep to stop the Cubs, 3-2, in eleven innings . Lee May and Ron Santo trade two-run shots in the first before Edwards breaks the tie. Jim Ray takes the victory.
May 4, 1973:Houston scores four in the 14th to topple the Mets, 9-5. Doug Rader's two-run double is the big blow in the inning. Cesar Cedeno has four hits, including a home run. Jim Ray is the winning pitcher.
Jun 17, 1973:Roger Metzger goes 4-for-4 and Bob Watson drives in three to lead a 7-3 triumph over St. Louis. Tommie Agee homers. Jim Ray gets the victory in relief of Don Wilson.
Aug 18, 1973:Bob Watson guns down two Phillies from the outfield in a 3-2 win at the Dome. He also doubles home Roger Metzger for the first Houston run just before Lee May bashes a two-run shot for the game-winner. Jim Ray gets the win after Dave Roberts left in the first inning. Ken Forsch works the final four frames for the save.