1963 Houston Colt .45s season

1963 Houston Colt .45s
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 66–96 (.407)
League place 9th
Other information
Owner(s) Roy Hofheinz
General manager(s) Paul Richards
Manager(s) Harry Craft
Local television KHOU (TV)
(Gene Elston, Guy Savage, Loel Passe)
Local radio KPRC (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

Regular season

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

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 9963 0.611 50–31 49–32
St. Louis Cardinals 9369 0.574 6 53–28 40–41
San Francisco Giants 8874 0.543 11 50–31 38–43
Philadelphia Phillies 8775 0.537 12 45–36 42–39
Cincinnati Reds 8676 0.531 13 46–35 40–41
Milwaukee Braves 8478 0.519 15 45–36 39–42
Chicago Cubs 8280 0.506 17 43–38 39–42
Pittsburgh Pirates 7488 0.457 25 42–39 32–49
Houston Colt .45s 6696 0.407 33 44–37 22–59
New York Mets 51111 0.315 48 34–47 17–64

Record vs. opponents

1963 National League Records

Sources:
Team CHC CIN HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 9–99–97–1112–611–79–98–1010–87–11
Cincinnati 9–911–78–1010–810–88–1011–78–1011–7
Houston 9–97–115–135–1313–58–106–128–105–13
Los Angeles 11–710–813–58–10–116–27–1113–59–912–6
Milwaukee 6–128–1013–510–8–112–610–87–1110–88–10
New York 7–118–105–132–166–128–104–146–125–13
Philadelphia 9–910–810–811–78–1010–813–58–108–10
Pittsburgh 10–87–1112–65–1311–714–45–135–135–13
San Francisco 8–1010–810–89–98–1012–610–813–58–10
St. Louis 11–77–1113–56–1210–813–510–813–510–8

Notable transactions

Roster

1963 Houston Colt .45s
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

[11]

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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
CJohn Bateman128404238586.21010590
1BRusty Staub15051343115174.2246450
2BErnie Fazio1022283142103.184254
3BBob Aspromonte1364684210095.2148493
SSBob Lillis1474693193131.1981193
LFAl Spangler12043052121254.2814275
CFHowie Goss1334113786182.2099444
RFCarl Warwick15052849134195.2097473

Other batters

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 Wynn702503161105.2444274
Jim Campbell5515893530.2224190
J. C. Hartman399021110.122031
Brock Davis345571120.200120
Hal Smith315811420.241020
Joe Morgan8255601.240031
Mike White370200.286000

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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 Johnson373222411172.65866650148
Turk Farrell3426202.114133.02766835141
Don Nottebart31271931183.17806839118
Bob Bruce3025170.1593.59736860123
Hal Brown2620141.15113.3154526068
Jay Dahl112.20116.887500

Other pitchers

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 Drott271497.221204.9861544958
Conrad Cardinal6113.10106.0814977
George Brunet5212.20307.111110611

Relief pitchers

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 Woodeshick55114119101.9729254294
Jim Dickson1314.20126.14131026
Danny Coombs10.100027.001100

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

[12]

Farm system

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

  1. Joe Morgan at Baseball Reference
  2. Conrad Cardinal at Baseball Reference
  3. 1 2 Ellis Burton at Baseball Reference
  4. Don Taussig at Baseball Reference
  5. 1 2 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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