Denny Walling - Timeline

Astros Trades & Transactions

Jun 15, 1977:Traded Willie Crawford(OF) to Oak-A for Denny Walling(IF) and cash
Aug 31, 1988:Traded Denny Walling(IF) to StL-N for Bob Forsch(P)
Jan 27, 1992:Signed Denny Walling(IF) from Tex-A as free agent
Oct 5, 1992:Released Denny Walling(OF)

This Date in Astros History

May 20, 1978:J.R. Richard fires his second-straight shutout in a 13-0 drubbing of the Braves. Jose Cruz is the batting star with four hits and six RBIs. Enos Cabell contributes three hits while Denny Walling launches his first major league home run.
Jun 11, 1980:J.R. Richard blanks the Chicago Cubs, 3-0, extending his shutout innings steak to 31-2/third innings. He fans eight and walks three, allowing six hits yet says his arm doesn't feel right. Jose Cruz and Denny Walling give Richard all the support he needs with RBI singles in the first inning. The win marks the first homestand sweep in Houston history, taking six from the Giants and Cubs.
Oct 10, 1980:Denny Walling delivers Rafael Landestoy with a sacrifice fly as Houston wins their first post-season home game, 1-0, over Philadelphia. The Astros lead the best-of-five N.L.C.S., 2-1. Joe Morgan slams a Tug McGraw fastball high off the right field fence in the 11th inning for a triple and comes out for Landestoy. Joe Niekro blanks the Phils for ten innings before Dave Smith enters to get the win.
Apr 26, 1981:Bob Knepper tosses his second consecutive shutout, a 1-0 whitewash over Cincinnati. Denny Walling 's homer off Mario Soto accounts for the game's only run. Walling also supplies a defensive gem, an over-the shoulder grab with two men aboard to thwart a Red threat.
Aug 10, 1981:Baseball's "second season" begins after a two-month strike interrupts play. Denny Walling is the hero with a two-run pinch-hit double off Al Holland in the ninth for a 6-5 triumph in San Francisco. Joe "Shoes" Pittman rescues Frank Lacorte when he makes a diving stab of Larry Herndon's liner with two men aboard for the final out.
Oct 7, 1981:Denny Walling delivers a bases-loaded single in the 11th inning for a 1-0 triumph over the Dodgers at the Astrodome. Joe Niekro, Dave Smith and Joe Sambito combine for the shutout. The victory puts the Astros ahead, 2-0, in their five-game divisional series. Like the year before, Houston needs to win just one of three in Los Angeles to advance to the N.L.C.S.
Aug 19, 1982:On most nights, handing Philly's Steve Carlton six runs is like giving Tiger Woods a ten handicap but Houston rallies to tie this one, 6-6, to go into extra innings. Danny Heep slides past Bo Diaz with the winning run in the 11th on Denny Walling's single.
Sep 20, 1983:Jose Cruz smacks a two-run single and a grand slam to pace a 15-2 demolition of Los Angeles. Alejandro Pena, Burt Hooton and Pat Zachry are torched for 13 runs in the first four innings. Denny Walling chimes in with three hits, including two doubles and three RBIs. Nolan Ryan coasts to his 14th win.
Jul 1, 1984:Jerry Mumphrey cracks two home runs and drives in six as the Astros maul the Phillies, 13-1. Denny Walling also homers. Jose Cruz has a four-hit night and scores four times. Craig Reynolds and Terry Puhl chime in with triples. Joe Niekro scatters six hits in an easy victory.
Jul 2, 1985:Phil Garner doubles home Denny Walling in the eighth to take a 3-2 triumph in San Diego. Joe Niekro wins his 200th game with relief help from Jeff Calhoun. Joe and his brother Phil become the second pitching brothers to both reach 200 wins in their careers. Joe would finish with 221.
Jul 2, 1986:Denny Walling blasts two home runs and drives in six on a four-hit afternoon to bomb the Padres, 8-1. That's plenty for Mike Scott who scatters six hits while striking out just three.
Aug 5, 1986:Trailing the Dodgers, 2-1, Houston explodes for four runs in the eighth and five more in the ninth for a 10-2 triumph. Denny Walling drills two home runs among his four hits. Billy Hatcher belts a grand slam and Enos Cabell also goes deep. The Astros notch their 60th win, holding a five-game lead in the NL West.
Sep 25, 1986:In the signature game in franchise history, Mike Scott no-hits the Giants as the Astros clinch the N.L. West crown. Scott fans 13 in the 2-0 victory. The win cements Scott's hold on the first Cy Young Award in team annals. Denny Walling breaks the scoreless game with a solo homer off Juan Berenguer in the fifth.
Jun 26, 1987:Craig Reynolds blasts two homers and drives in five to power the Astros over the Giants, 9-6, at Candlestick Park. Alan Ashby and Denny Walling also go deep while Jose Cruz contributes three hits.
Aug 8, 1988:Mike Scott blanks the Dodgers, 10-0, to pull within 1-1/2 games of the division lead. Scott excels despite a black eye caused when a weighted doughnut flew off Denny Walling's bat in warmups and hit Scott in the face. His teammates score four times in the first and six in the eighth to ease his pain.
Sep 5, 1988:Bob Forsch, Ken's younger brother who was acquired six days earlier for Denny Walling, strokes a three-run double and scatters five hits in his Houston debut, a 3-0 shutout over Cincinnati. Dave Smith takes over in the ninth for the save.
Jan 27, 1992:In a rare spending spree, the Astros sign four free agents, pitchers Joe Boever and Rob Murphy along with infielders Ernest Riles and Denny Walling. It's the end of the line for Walling who spent eleven years previously in Houston, a vital man in two division champions during the eighties. He's forced out with a knee injury after three at bats. None of the others are in Houston the following season.