Hal Smith - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Oct 10, 1961:Drafted Hal Smith(C) from Pit-N in Premium Phase of 1961 Expansion Draft
Oct 1, 1963:Released Hal Smith(C)

This Date in Astros History

Dec 7, 1930:Hal Smith is born in West Frankfort, IL. Best known for his dramatic homer in Game Seven of the 1960 World Series only to have it eclipsed by Bill Mazeroski, Smith would bat .236 with twelve homers in the Colts first two seasons.
Oct 10, 1961:The Houston Colt .45s and the New York Mets choose in the first National League expansion draft. Among the Colt selections are Bob Aspromonte and Dick Farrell (both from L.A.), Hal Smith and Roman Mejias (Pit.), Ken Johnson (Cin.), Al Spangler (Mil.) and Bob Lillis (St.L.). Houston's first pick is infielder Eddie Bressoud but he is traded before the inaugural season begins.
Apr 10, 1962:Major League Baseball officially starts in Houston as the Colt .45s make a big hit in their 11-2 Opening Day win against the Chicago Cubs. Bobby Shantz gets the victory, striking out Lou Brock as the first batter. Roman Mejias belts two home runs and drives in six for the Colts. Hal Smith also homers. In all, quite a 50th birthday gift for team owner Judge Roy Hofheinz.
Apr 11, 1962:Hal Woodeshick and Dick Farrell combine for Houston's first shutout, 2-0 over the Cubs. Hal Smith's first-inning single plated the game's only runs. This game also featured the franchise's first rain delay - one hour and seven minutes.
Apr 29, 1962:Roman Mejias belts a ninth-inning homer off Don McMahon to beat Milwaukee, 3-2. Hal Smith and Jim Pendleton also launch solo homers in the victory. Dick Farrell takes the win in relief.
Jun 3, 1962:Houston gets their first doubleheader sweep when they bounce the Pirates, 10-6 and 10-3, at Forbes Field. Tied at six in the opener, catcher Hal Smith uses pitcher Bobby Tiefenauer's glove to tag out Roberto Clemente at the plate. Smith then singles to start a four-run rally that puts the game away. The Colts tally seven runs in the first inning of the nightcap to complete the sweep.
Jun 19, 1962:Bob Aspromonte celebrates his 24th birthday with two hits and two runs scored as the Colts subdue the Giants, 6-4. Hal Smith homers. Dick Farrell escapes a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to save it for Dave Giusti.
Sep 20, 1962:Houston sweeps a pair from the Mets at the Polo Grounds, 7-2 and 5-4. Bob Aspromonte's league-record 57-game errorless streak is snapped in the opener but he responds with a 5-for-6 performance in the nightcap. Jim Golden wins the lidlifter and drives in three to help himself. Hal Smith is the hero of the nightcap with a two-run homer in the seventh, a key double in the ninth, and the game-winning single in the twelfth. New York sets a major league mark for home losses with their 57th defeat at Coogan's Bluff.
Apr 14, 1963:Colts score four times against Sandy Koufax in the sixth to emerge with a 5-4 victory over the Dodgers. Howie Goss drives in two runs. Carroll Hardy and Hal Smith also generate RBI singles.