Sandy Valdespino - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Dec 15, 1968:Traded by the Atlanta Braves to the Houston Astros for Paul Doyle. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)
Aug 30, 1969:Traded by the Houston Astros with Danny Walton to the Seattle Pilots for Tommy Davis.

This Date in Astros History

Jan 14, 1939:Hilario "Sandy" Valdespino is born in San Jose de las Lajas, Cuba. The reserve outfielder bats .244 for the Astros during the first five months of the 1969 season before being traded. He had been in the 1965 World Series during his rookie season with the Minnesota Twins.
Jun 24, 1969:Sandy Valdespino drills a bases-loaded double off Gaylord Perry to key a 4-1 triumph over the Giants. Larry Dierker picks up his tenth victory of the season, striking out nine. The win pushes Houston over the .500 mark for the first time all season after beginning the year 4-20.
Jul 11, 1969:Cincinnati manager Dave Bristol launches a tirade for the ages during a 13-2 massacre by Don Wilson and the Astros. Bristol bumps umpire Augie Donatelli, steps on his shoes, berates the ump for several minutes then flings chairs and equipment upon returning to the dugout. And he was only behind 2-1 at the time! Good thing he didn't see the nine-run Houston sixth, highlighted by a bases-loaded triple from Denis Menke and two hits by Sandy Valdespino. Wilson fans ten and posts a six-hitter. He's also plunked twice at the plate.
Jul 18, 1969:Back for the first time in over a month after an on-field collision with teammate Hector Torres put him in a hospital, Jesus Alou starts a four-run ninth-inning rally that topples the Reds, 7-4. Alou scores the tying run on a double by Sandy Valdespino then Joe Morgan plates Johnny Edwards with a squueze bunt for the game-winner.