1963 Houston Colt .45s season

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1963 Houston Colt .45s
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record66–96 (.407)
League place9th
Other information
Owner(s)Roy Hofheinz
General manager(s)Paul Richards
Manager(s)Harry Craft
Local televisionKHOU (TV)
(Gene Elston, Guy Savage, Loel Passe)
Local radioKPRC (AM)
(Gene Elston, Loel Passe, Mickey Herskowitz)
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The Houston Colt .45s' 1963 season was a season in American baseball. The team finished ninth in the National League with a record of 66–96, 33 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Broadcaster Harry Kalas made his major league debut in 1963 with Houston, replacing Al Helfer and working alongside Gene Elston and Loel Passe.[8][9]

On May 17, Don Nottebart pitched the first no-hitter for an expansion team when Houston defeated Philadelphia by a score of 4–1.[10]

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 99 63 0.611 50–31 49–32
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 0.574 6 53–28 40–41
San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543 11 50–31 38–43
Philadelphia Phillies 87 75 0.537 12 45–36 42–39
Cincinnati Reds 86 76 0.531 13 46–35 40–41
Milwaukee Braves 84 78 0.519 15 45–36 39–42
Chicago Cubs 82 80 0.506 17 43–38 39–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 74 88 0.457 25 42–39 32–49
Houston Colt .45s 66 96 0.407 33 44–37 22–59
New York Mets 51 111 0.315 48 34–47 17–64

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1963 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team CHC CIN HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 9–9 9–9 7–11 12–6 11–7 9–9 8–10 10–8 7–11
Cincinnati 9–9 11–7 8–10 10–8 10–8 8–10 11–7 8–10 11–7
Houston 9–9 7–11 5–13 5–13 13–5 8–10 6–12 8–10 5–13
Los Angeles 11–7 10–8 13–5 8–10–1 16–2 7–11 13–5 9–9 12–6
Milwaukee 6–12 8–10 13–5 10–8–1 12–6 10–8 7–11 10–8 8–10
New York 7–11 8–10 5–13 2–16 6–12 8–10 4–14 6–12 5–13
Philadelphia 9–9 10–8 10–8 11–7 8–10 10–8 13–5 8–10 8–10
Pittsburgh 10–8 7–11 12–6 5–13 11–7 14–4 5–13 5–13 5–13
San Francisco 8–10 10–8 10–8 9–9 8–10 12–6 10–8 13–5 8–10
St. Louis 11–7 7–11 13–5 6–12 10–8 13–5 10–8 13–5 10–8


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1963 Houston Colt .45s
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

[11]

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 John Bateman 128 404 23 85 8 6 .210 10 59 0
1B Rusty Staub 150 513 43 115 17 4 .224 6 45 0
2B Ernie Fazio 102 228 31 42 10 3 .184 2 5 4
3B Bob Aspromonte 136 468 42 100 9 5 .214 8 49 3
SS Bob Lillis 147 469 31 93 13 1 .198 1 19 3
LF Al Spangler 120 430 52 121 25 4 .281 4 27 5
CF Howie Goss 133 411 37 86 18 2 .209 9 44 4
RF Carl Warwick 150 528 49 134 19 5 .209 7 47 3

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
Jim Wynn 70 250 31 61 10 5 .244 4 27 4
Jim Campbell 55 158 9 35 3 0 .222 4 19 0
J. C. Hartman 39 90 2 11 1 0 .122 0 3 1
Brock Davis 34 55 7 11 2 0 .200 1 2 0
Hal Smith 31 58 1 14 2 0 .241 0 2 0
Joe Morgan 8 25 5 6 0 1 .240 0 3 1
Mike White 3 7 0 2 0 0 .286 0 0 0

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
Ken Johnson 37 32 224 11 17 2.65 86 66 50 148
Turk Farrell 34 26 202.1 14 13 3.02 76 68 35 141
Don Nottebart 31 27 193 11 8 3.17 80 68 39 118
Bob Bruce 30 25 170.1 5 9 3.59 73 68 60 123
Hal Brown 26 20 141.1 5 11 3.31 54 52 60 68
Jay Dahl 1 1 2.2 0 1 16.88 7 5 0 0

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
Dick Drott 27 14 97.2 2 12 0 4.98 61 54 49 58
Conrad Cardinal 6 1 13.1 0 1 0 6.08 14 9 7 7
George Brunet 5 2 12.2 0 3 0 7.11 11 10 6 11

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
Hal Woodeshick 55 114 11 9 10 1.97 29 25 42 94
Jim Dickson 13 14.2 0 1 2 6.14 13 10 2 6
Danny Coombs 1 0.1 0 0 0 27.00 1 1 0 0

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

[12]

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 Dave Philley
A Durham Bulls Carolina League Billy Goodman
A Moultrie Colt .22s Georgia–Florida League Jim Walton

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Oklahoma City

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe Morgan at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Conrad Cardinal at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ a b Ellis Burton at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Don Taussig at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ a b Manny Mota at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Norm Larker at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Hal Haydel at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Reed, Robert. A Six-Gun Salute: An Illustrated History of the Colt .45s. Houston, Texas: Gulf Publishing Co., 1999.
  9. ^ Barron, David "Phillies announcer Kalas dies after collapsing in booth" Houston Chronicle, Monday, April 13, 2009
  10. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 143, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  11. ^ Geisler Young, LLC –. "1963 Houston Colt .45s Roster by Baseball Almanac". Archived from the original on May 4, 2009. Retrieved April 19, 2009.
  12. ^ http://baseball-almanac.com/asgbox/yr1963as.shtml

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