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1969 Houston Astros season

The 1969 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in fifth place in the newly established National League West with a record of 81–81, twelve games behind the Atlanta Braves. It was also the first time in their history that the Astros did not finish below .500.

1969 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record81–81 (.500)
Divisional place5th
Other information
Owner(s)Roy Hofheinz
General manager(s)Spec Richardson
Manager(s)Harry Walker
Local televisionKTRK-TV
Local radioKPRC (AM)
(Gene Elston, Loel Passe, Harry Kalas)
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OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The Astros season from August 26 to October 2 was featured in Jim Bouton's book, Ball Four.[6] On September 19, Bouton struck out Tony Pérez of the Cincinnati Reds and made baseball history. With that strikeout, the pitching staff of the 1969 edition of the Houston Astros broke the then-National League record for most strikeouts in a season with 1,123 strikeouts.[6] The team finished the year with 1,221 strikeouts, which stood as the National League record until 1996, when it was broken by the Atlanta Braves. They were the second team to have three pitchers with 200 strikeouts, with only the 1967 Minnesota Twins having done the feat. Since then, only the 2013 Detroit Tigers have done the feat. [7]

Season standingsEdit

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 93 69 0.574 50–31 43–38
San Francisco Giants 90 72 0.556 3 52–29 38–43
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 0.549 4 50–31 39–42
Los Angeles Dodgers 85 77 0.525 8 50–31 35–46
Houston Astros 81 81 0.500 12 52–29 29–52
San Diego Padres 52 110 0.321 41 28–53 24–57

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1969 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 3–9 12–6 15–3 9–9 8–4 4–8 6–6 8–4 13–5 9–9 6–6
Chicago 9–3 6–6–1 8–4 6–6 10–8 8–10 12–6 7–11 11–1 6–6 9–9
Cincinnati 6–12 6–6–1 9–9 10–8 8–4 6–6 10–2 5–7 11–7 10–8 8–4
Houston 3–15 4–8 9–9 6–12 11–1 10–2 8–4 3–9 10–8 10–8 7–5
Los Angeles 9–9 6–6 8–10 12–6 10–2 4–8 8–4 8–4 12–6 5–13 3–9
Montreal 4–8 8–10 4–8 1–11 2–10 5–13 11–7 5–13 4–8 1–11 7–11
New York 8–4 10–8 6–6 2–10 8–4 13–5 12–6 10–8 11–1 8–4 12–6
Philadelphia 6-6 6–12 2–10 4–8 4–8 7–11 6–12 10–8 8–4 3–9 7–11
Pittsburgh 4–8 11–7 7–5 9–3 4–8 13–5 8–10 8–10 10–2 5–7 9–9
San Diego 5–13 1–11 7–11 8–10 6–12 8–4 1–11 4–8 2–10 6–12 4–8
San Francisco 9–9 6–6 8–10 8–10 13–5 11–1 4–8 9–3 7–5 12–6 3–9
St. Louis 6–6 9–9 4–8 5–7 9–3 11–7 6–12 11–7 9–9 8–4 9–3


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1969 Houston Astros
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1B Curt Blefary 155 542 137 .253 12 67

Other battersEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Larry Dierker 39 305.1 20 13 2.33 232
Tom Griffin 31 188.1 11 10 3.54 200
Denny Lemaster 38 244.2 13 17 3.16 173
Jim Ray 40 115 8 2 3.91 115
Don Wilson 34 225 16 12 4.00 235

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jack Billingham 52 6 7 2 4.25 71
Skip Guinn 28 1 2 0 6.67 33

Awards and honorsEdit

1969 MLB All-Star Game

  • Larry Dierker
  • Denis Menke

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Nate Colbert at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Bo Belinsky at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Curt Blefary Statistics – Baseball-Reference.com
  4. ^ Jesús Alou Statistics at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Byron Browne at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ a b Ball Four, 20th Anniversary Edition, pp. 324–396, Jim Bouton, Edited by Leonard Schecter, Wiley Publishing Inc., 1990, ISBN 0-02-030665-2
  7. ^ http://www.baseballroundtable.com/teams-with-three-200-strikeout-pitchers-a-diverse-bunch-of-hurlers/
  8. ^ Oscar Zamora at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ J. R. Richard at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Jim Bouton at Baseball Reference

External linksEdit