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1969 Houston Astros season

1969 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Houston, Texas (since 1962)
  • Results
    Record 81–81 (.500)
    Divisional place 5th
    Other information
    Owner(s) Roy Hofheinz
    General manager(s) Spec Richardson
    Manager(s) Harry Walker
    Local television KTRK-TV
    Local radio KPRC (AM)
    (Gene Elston, Loel Passe, Harry Kalas)
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    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.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    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

    Season standings

    NL West W L GB Pct.
    Atlanta Braves 93 69 -- .574
    San Francisco Giants 90 72 3 .556
    Cincinnati Reds 89 73 4 .549
    Los Angeles Dodgers 85 77 8 .525
    Houston Astros 81 81 12 .500
    San Diego Padres 52 110 41 .321

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1969 Houston Astros
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    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 Blefary, CurtCurt Blefary 155 542 137 .253 12 67

    Other batters

    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

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

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

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Other pitchers

    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 pitchers

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

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

    Awards and honors

    1969 MLB All-Star Game

    • Larry Dierker
    • Denis Menke

    Farm system

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    References

    External links

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