1964 Houston Colt .45s season

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1964 Houston Colt .45s
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 66–96 (.407)
League place 9th
Other information
Owner(s) Roy Hofheinz
Manager(s) Harry Craft, Lum Harris
Local television KTRK-TV
Local radio KPRC (AM)
(Gene Elston, Loel Passe)
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The 1964 Houston Colt .45s season was the team's third season in Major League Baseball. It involved the Houston Colt .45s finishing in ninth place in the National League with a record of 66-96, 27 games behind the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. It was their final season for the team at Colt Stadium before relocating their games to the Astrodome in 1965, along with the accompanying name change to the "Astros" for the '65 season.

Offseason[edit]

On April 8, just a few days before Opening Day, Colt .45s pitcher Jim Umbricht died of cancer. Umbricht had come back from cancer in 1963 to pitch in 35 games, but it returned during the offseason. His uniform number 32 would be retired by the Astros the following season.

Notable transactions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On April 23, Houston pitcher Ken Johnson became the first pitcher in major league history to lose a complete game no-hitter in nine innings when he was beaten 1-0 by the Cincinnati Reds.[2] Cincinnati's Pete Rose scored the only run of the game in the ninth inning, when he reached second base on an error and later scored.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 -- .574
Cincinnati Reds 92 70 1 .568
Philadelphia Phillies 92 70 1 .568
San Francisco Giants 90 72 3 .556
Milwaukee Braves 88 74 5 .543
Los Angeles Dodgers 80 82 13 .494
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 13 .494
Chicago Cubs 76 86 17 .469
Houston Colt .45s 66 96 27 .407
New York Mets 53 109 40 .327

Opening Day starters[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1964 Houston Colt .45s
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

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Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases
Positional abbreviations: C = Catcher; 1B = First base; 2B = Second base; 3B = Third base; SS = Shortstop; LF = Left field; CF = Center field; RF = Right field

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
C Grote, JerryJerry Grote 100 298 26 54 9 3 .181 3 24 0
1B Bond, WaltWalt Bond 148 543 63 138 16 7 .254 20 85 2
2B Fox, NellieNellie Fox 133 442 45 117 12 6 .265 0 28 0
3B Aspromonte, BobBob Aspromonte 157 553 51 155 20 3 .280 12 28 6
SS Kasko, EddieEddie Kasko 133 448 45 109 16 1 .243 0 22 4
LF Spangler, AlAl Spangler 135 449 51 110 18 5 .245 4 38 7
CF White, MikeMike White 89 280 30 76 11 3 .271 0 27 1
RF Gaines, JoeJoe Gaines 89 307 37 78 9 7 .254 7 34 8

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B Avg. HR RBI SB
Bateman, JohnJohn Bateman 74 221 18 42 8 0 .190 5 19 0
Roberts, DaveDave Roberts 61 125 9 23 4 1 .184 1 7 0
Hoffman, JohnJohn Hoffman 6 15 1 1 0 0 .067 0 0 0
Williams, WaltWalt Williams 10 9 1 0 0 0 .000 0 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L ERA R ER BB K
Johnson, KenKen Johnson 35 35 218 11 16 3.63 100 88 44 117
Bruce, BobBob Bruce 35 29 202.1 15 9 2.76 73 70 62 135
Farrell, TurkTurk Farrell 32 27 198.1 11 10 3.27 80 72 52 117
Nottebart, DonDon Nottebart 28 24 157 6 11 3.90 76 68 37 90
Brown, HalHal Brown 27 21 132 3 15 3.95 68 58 26 53

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G GS IP W L SV ERA R ER BB K
Owens, JimJim Owens 48 11 118 8 7 6 3.28 48 43 32 88
Bradey, DonDon Bradey 3 1 2.1 0 2 0 19.29 7 5 3 2

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA R ER BB K
Woodeshick, HalHal Woodeshick 61 78.1 2 9 23 2.76 32 24 32 58
Raymond, ClaudeClaude Raymond 38 79.2 5 5 0 2.82 28 25 22 56
Jones, GordonGordon Jones 34 50 0 1 0 4.14 24 23 14 28
Coombs, DannyDanny Coombs 7 18 1 1 0 5.00 10 10 10 14

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers Pacific Coast League Grady Hatton
AA San Antonio Bullets Texas League Lou Fitzgerald
A Modesto Colts California League Chuck Churn
A Durham Bulls Carolina League Billy Goodman and Walt Matthews
A Statesville Colts Western Carolinas League Dave Philley and Rudy York
Rookie Cocoa Colts Cocoa Rookie League Dave Philley

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: San Antonio

Statesville affiliation shared with Boston Red Sox

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