Al Spangler - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Oct 10, 1961:Drafted Al Spangler(OF) from Mil-N in Premium Phase of 1961 Expansion Draft
Jun 1, 1965:Traded Al Spangler(OF) to Cal-A for Don Lee(P)

This Date in Astros History

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.
Aug 1, 1962:Losing takes its toll on the expansion Colt .45s, blanked by Milwaukee, 3-0. With a chance to tie in the eighth, Norm Larker is rung up on strikes then tossed out when he argues with umpire Augie Donatelli. Al Spangler gets the heave ho as well. Larker returns to the dugout and tosses 18 bats onto the field in a tirade. The league fines him $75 and he retorts it was worth every penny.
May 17, 1963:Don Nottebart hurls the first no-hitter in franchise history, a 4-1 triumph over Philadelphia at Colt Stadium. Nottebart fans eight and walks three. Carl Warwick and Howie Goss homer to supply Houston its runs. Al Spangler snares Wes Covington's fly on the run for the final out. It is just the third Colts win in 24 tries against their early nemesis.
Jun 14, 1964:Dick Farrell becomes the first ten-game winner in the majors that season with a 4-1 triumph over Bob Gibson and the Cardinals. Two sacrifice flies by Al Spangler chase home half the runs. Injuries and bad luck would limit Farrell to just one win the rest of the year.
Aug 15, 1964:Bob Aspromonte slaps four separate RBI singles in a 7-4 victory over Cincinnati. Al Spangler chips in with three hits and scores three times. Don Nottebart is the winning pitcher.
Aug 19, 1964:Nellie Fox delivers his third hit, a single off Barney Schultz, scoring Al Spangler for an 8-7, ten-inning triumph over St. Louis. Bob Aspromonte drives in four, including a game-tying hit with two out in the ninth to push the game into overtime.
Apr 14, 1965:Houston gets their first regulation win as the Astros, an eleven-inning 7-6 triumph over the Mets. Al Spangler stole home for the eventual winning run. Ron Brand has a two-run bunt single that refused to roll foul.