Harry Walker - Timeline

This Date in Astros History
Oct 22 1916 - Harry "The Hat" Walker is born in Pascagoula, MS. The 1947 N.L. batting champ manages the Astros from 1969 to 1972 and skippers both the team's first non-losing season and the team's first winning season. He passed away in 1999 after many years as a college coach in Birmingham, AL.

Aug 08 1972 - Eddie Mathews gets his first managerial win, 8-4, over Houston behind the pitching of Denny McLain. It's Harry Walker, however, that acts like a rookie manager, listing Johnny Edwards twice in the batting order and leaving out Jesus Alou.

Aug 25 1972 - In second place and desperate to catch up with the blazing Cincinnati Reds, the Astros fire manager Harry Walker, naming 67-year-old Leo "The Lip" Durocher as his replacement. Walker has a 355-353 record in Houston. Durocher, who had earlier left the Cubs in mid-season, skippers a 16-15 finish to the season.