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ASTROS TIMELINE
1962-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-Present
Timeline
 

1975 was a good year for future Astros management. Former General Manager Bob Watson leads the Astros with a .324 average, 157 hits and 85 RBIs, while former manager Larry Dierker leads the staff with 14 wins.
1970  - Fred Gladding appears in 63 games, setting a club mark for pitchers...three Astros hit over .300 (Cesar Cedeno, .310; Jesus Alou, .306; Denis Menke, .304).
1971  - Cesar Cedeno leads the league with 40 doubles and Roger Metzger and Joe Morgan share the league lead with 11 triples each...during the 1971 winter meetings, Houston acquires Lee May, Tommy Helms and Jimmy Stewart from the Reds for Joe Morgan, Jack Billingham, Denis Menke, Cesar Geronimo and Ed Armbrister.
1972  - Astros finish in second place with their best record ever (84-69)...Jerry Reuss and Larry Dierker hurl back-to-back one hitters on June 18 against Philadelphia and June 19 vs. New York, respectively...Cesar Cedeno hits for the cycle on August 2 vs. the Reds.
1973  - Cesar Cedeno becomes the first player in history to steal 50 bases and hit 20 home runs in successive seasons...Roger Metzger leads the league with 14 triples...Lee May hits safely in a club record 21 straight games.
1974  - Rookie Greg Gross leads the club with a .314 average, and sets club mark with 185 hits...Ken Forsch appears in a then-club record 70 games...Cliff Johnson has five pinch-hit home runs.
1975  - A good year for future Astros management. Former General Manager Bob Watson leads the Astros with a .324 average, 157 hits and 85 RBI, while former manager Larry Dierker leads the staff with 14 wins.
1976  - J.R. Richard becomes Houston's second 20-game winner...Cesar Cedeno sets a club mark with 58 stolen bases and earns his fifth-straight Gold Glove.
1977  - Three Astros steal 40 bases (Cesar Cedeno, 61; Jose Cruz, 44; Enos Cabell, 42)...Watson sets a new club record with 110 RBI.
1978  - J.R. Richard strikes out 303 to become the first National League righthander to strike out 300 batters in a season...Cabell sets club marks for at-bats (660), games (162) and hits (195).
1979  - Houston finishes in second place, just a game-and-a-half behind the Reds...J.R. Richard improves upon his 1978 strikeout total by fanning 313...Joe Niekro sets a club mark with 21 wins...Ken Forsch no-hits the Braves on April 7...Bill Virdon is named Manager of the Year.
1962-1969 | 1970-1979 | 1980-1989 | 1990-1999 | 2000-Present