Jim Umbricht - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Oct 10, 1961:Drafted Jim Umbricht(P) from Pit-N in Regular Phase of 1961 Expansion Draft
Dec 16, 1963:Released Jim Umbricht(P)

This Date in Astros History

Mar 13, 1962:Colt .45s get their first-ever win in a 2-1 exhibition victory over the Cleveland Indians. Jack Waters singles home Jim Pendleton with the winning run. Jim Umbricht is the winning pitcher.
Aug 26, 1962:Snapping a nine-game losing skid, the Colts sweep a twinbill from the Reds, 2-1 and 6-4. Lefty George Brunet scatters five hits in the opener, outdueling Jim Maloney. In the nightcap, Johnny Temple, a former All-Star in Cincy, singles home the winning runs in the ninth inning before Jim Umbricht strikes out the side to finish the sweep. Jim Campbell adds a two-run homer for Houston.
Sep 5, 1962:Jim Umbricht gets his first major league hit and his first win as a Colt .45. His RBI single scores Johnny Temple to cap a 5-3 victory over Pittsburgh. Jim Pendleton drives home the winning run with a hit off 43-year-old rookie Diomedes Olivo.
Mar 8, 1963:Reliever Jim Umbricht undergoes 6-1/2 hours of surgery at Methodist Hospital to remove malignant cancer tumors from his leg, thigh and groin. Two months later, he is back on the mound pitching for the Colt .45s.
May 9, 1963:Frank Robinson blasts two home runs and drives in seven as the Reds stampede the Colts, 13-3. The last of his mammoth shots comes at the expense of Jim Umbricht, making his first appearance after cancer surgery. Umbricht has over 100 stitches in his leg as he takes the mound.
May 11, 1963:Bob Aspromonte slugs a tenth-inning homer as the Colt .45s sweep the Cubs, 2-1. Jim Umbricht pitches two innings for the victory.
Sep 29, 1963:John Paciorek has a career day. An 18-year-old late-season call-up by the Colts, Paciorek goes 3-for-3, with four runs scored and three RBIs to pace a 13-4 spanking of the Mets. It turns out to be his only big league game, retiring with a 1.000 batting average. It's also the last appearance for Jim Umbricht who gets the victory.
Apr 8, 1964:Colts reliever Jim Umbricht dies at the age of 33 from melanoma cancer. He was the only pitcher with a winning record in both of Houston's first two seasons, overcoming major surgery during the 1963 campaign - or so it seemed.
Apr 13, 1964:Colt .45s win the league's season opener in Cincinnati, defeating the Reds, 6-3. It is the only time in their three-year history that the Colts have sole possession of first place. President Lyndon Johnson watches while Ken Johnson, still grieving over the death of roommate Jim Umbricht, hurls a two-hit shutout before tiring in the ninth. Jim Wynn, who grew up in Cincinnati, belts a two-run shot in the victory.
Jan 19, 1965:Bob Aspromonte is the first recipient of the Jim Umbricht Award, given to the team's most valuable player for the previous season. The honor was renamed after Umbricht's death from cancer the previous April.