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1979 Houston AstrosSeason Roster
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Rick Williams played for the 1979 Houston Astros
LeagueNational LeagueDivisionWestLevelMajor League Baseball
NicknameAstros
LocationHouston,Texas
Record89-73 (2nd in National League West)League Rank4thMLB Rank8th
BallparkAstrodome
ManagerBill VirdonGeneral ManagerTal Smith
CoachesJesus Alou (Assistant Coach), Bob Cluck (Assistant Coach), Deacon Jones (Hitting Coach), Bob Lillis (Third Base Coach), Tony Pacheco (Assistant Coach), Mel Wright (Pitching Coach)
PlayoffsNo playoff information
#1 Draft PickJohn Mizerock (#8)
Attendance1,900,312 (Rank: 10th)
Minor League AffiliatesCharleston Charlies (AAA) 65-74 ... Columbus Astros (AA) 84-59 ... Daytona Astros (A+) 56-80 ... Gulf Coast Astros (Rk) 33-19 ...
Years Available1962-2018

Team History -- 1979 Statistics -- 1979 Roster VR -- Game Log -- Batting Lineups -- Defensive Lineups -- Starting Pitchers -- Draft Picks -- Prospects -- Organizational Roster -- Transactions

 
The players below represent ALL players who played at least 1 game for the 1979 Houston Astros.
Age displayed is as of June 30th for the 1979 baseball season.

1979 Houston Astros Roster

TopPREV   NEXT Visual Roster Major Leaguers Active Players Drafted Players 1st Round Draft Picks Still Active on Roster
UnifPlayer NamePosHt Wt B-T BornDate Age Place HiLvlStat YearsMLB YearsHigh SchoolCollege(s)Draft InformationStatusCurrent Org (Level)
22Jesus AlouOF6-2 195 R-R 1942-03-24 37Haina,Dom Rep MLB1959-19791963-1979  
1958-   UDFA-SFN
 
47Joaquin AndujarP6-0 180 B-R 1952-12-21 26San Pedro de Mac,Dom Rep MLB1970-19881976-1988  
1969-   UDFA-CIN
 
14Alan AshbyC6-2 190 B-R 1951-07-08 27Long Beach,California MLB1969-19891973-1989San Pedro (San Pedro,CA)Los Angeles Harbor Col
1969- 3-  63-CLE
 
6Reggie BaldwinC6-1 195 R-R 1954-08-19 24River Rouge,Michigan MLB1973-19801978-1979   Grambling St
1976- 3-  49-HOU
 
16Dave Bergman1B6-2 190 L-L 1953-06-06 26Evanston,Illinois MLB1972-19921975-1992Maine East (Park Ridge,IL)Illinois St
1974- 2-  36-NYA
 
13Bruce BochyC6-4 225 R-R 1955-04-16 24Landes de Boussac,France MLB1975-19881978-1987Melbourne (Melbourne,FL)Florida St
1975- 8- 132-CHA
 
23Enos Cabell3B6-5 185 R-R 1949-10-08 29Fort Riley,Kansas MLB1969-19861972-1986Gardena (Gardena,CA)Los Angeles Harbor Col
1968-   UDFA-BAL
 
28Cesar Cedeno1B6-2 190 R-R 1951-02-25 28Santo Domingo,Dom Rep MLB1968-19861970-1986  
1967-   UDFA-HOU
 
25Jose CruzOF6-0 175 L-L 1947-08-08 31Arroyo,Puerto Rico MLB1967-19881970-1988  
1966-   UDFA-SLN
 
37Tom DixonP5-11 175 R-R 1955-04-23 24Orlando,Florida MLB1977-19831977-1983Boone (Orlando,FL)
1973-18- 426-LAN
 
43Ken ForschP6-4 210 R-R 1946-09-08 32Sacramento,California MLB1968-19861970-1986Hiram W. Johnson (Sacramento,CA)Oregon St
1968-18- 399-HOU
 
9Julio Gonzalez2B-SS5-11 165 R-R 1952-12-25 26Caguas,Puerto Rico MLB1972-19831977-1983  
1972-   UDFA-CHN
 
20Danny HeepOF5-11 177 L-L 1957-07-03 21San Antonio,Texas MLB1978-19911979-1991Lee (San Antonio,TX)St. Mary's U.
1978- 2-  37-HOU
 
18Art Howe2B-3B6-2 190 R-R 1946-12-15 32Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania MLB1971-19851974-1985Shaler Area (Glenshaw,PA)Wyoming
1971-   UDFA-PIT
 
11Alan KnicelyC6-0 194 R-R 1955-05-19 24Harrisonburg,Virginia MLB1974-19871979-1986Turner Ashby (Bridgewater,VA)
1974- 3-  63-HOU
 
31Frank LaCorteP6-1 180 R-R 1951-10-13 27San Jose,California MLB1973-19841975-1984Gilroy (Gilroy,CA)Gavilan Col
1972-   UDFA-ATL
 
39Pete LaddP6-3 240 R-R 1956-07-17 22Portland,Maine MLB1977-19871979-1986Henderson (Chamblee,GA)Mississippi
1977-25- 620-BOS
 
17Rafael Landestoy2B5-10 165 B-R 1953-05-28 26Bani,Dom Rep MLB1972-19851977-1984  
1972-   UDFA-LAN
 
30Jeff LeonardOF6-2 200 R-R 1955-09-22 23Philadelphia,Pennsylvania MLB1973-19911977-1990Overbrook (Philadelphia,PA)
1973-   UDFA-LAN
 
39Bo McLaughlinP6-5 210 R-R 1953-10-23 25Oakland,California MLB1976-19841976-1982David Lipscomb (Amelia,OH)Lipscomb U.
1975- 1-  14-HOU
 
54Mike MendozaP6-5 215 R-R 1955-11-26 23Inglewood,California MLB1977-19811979-1979McClintock (Tempe,AZ)
1973- 5- 116-HOU
 
36Joe NiekroP6-1 190 R-R 1944-11-07 34Martins Ferry,Ohio MLB1966-19881967-1988Bridgeport (Bridgeport,OH)West Liberty U.
1966- 7-  84-CLE
 
46Randy NiemannP6-4 200 L-L 1955-11-15 23Scotia,California MLB1975-19881979-1987Fortuna (Fortuna,CA)Col. the Redwoods
1975- 3-  60-MIN
 
34Gordie PladsonP6-4 210 R-R 1956-07-31 22New Westminster,BC MLB1973-19831979-1982  
1973-   UDFA-HOU
 
21Terry PuhlOF6-2 200 L-R 1956-07-08 22Melville,Saskatchewan MLB1974-19911977-1991Melville Comprehensive (Melville,SK)
1973-   UDFA-HOU
 
8Luis PujolsC6-1 195 R-R 1955-11-18 23Santiago,Dom Rep MLB1973-19871977-1985  
1973-   UDFA-HOU
 
12Craig ReynoldsSS6-1 175 L-R 1952-12-27 26Houston,Texas MLB1971-19891975-1989Reagan (Houston,TX)
1971- 1-  22-PIT
 
45Frank RiccelliP6-3 205 L-L 1953-02-24 26Syracuse,New York MLB1976-19821976-1979Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse,NY)
1971- 1-  18-SFN
 
50J.R. RichardP6-8 222 R-R 1950-03-07 29Vienna,Louisiana MLB1969-19831971-1980Lincoln (Ruston,LA)
1969- 1-   2-HOU
 
42Bert RobergeP6-4 190 R-R 1954-10-03 24Lewiston,Maine MLB1976-19861979-1986Edward Little (Auburn,ME)Maine
1976-17- 385-HOU
 
48Vern RuhleP6-1 187 R-R 1951-01-25 28Coleman,Michigan MLB1972-19871974-1986Coleman Community (Coleman,MI)Olivet Col
1972-17- 404-DET
 
35Joe SambitoP6-1 190 L-L 1952-06-28 27Brooklyn,New York MLB1973-19881976-1987Bethpage (Bethpage,NY)Adelphi U.
1973-17- 404-HOU
 
24Jimmy SextonSS5-10 175 R-R 1951-12-15 27Mobile,Alabama MLB1970-19841977-1983Mary G. Montgomery (Semmes,AL)
1970-   UDFA-PIT
 
41Bobby SprowlP6-2 190 L-L 1956-04-14 23Sandusky,Ohio MLB1977-19841978-1981Sandusky (Sandusky,OH)Alabama
1977- 2-  39-BOS
 
33George ThroopP6-7 205 R-R 1950-11-24 28Pasadena,California MLB1970-19791975-1979Pasadena (Pasadena,CA)Long Beach St, Pasadena City Col
1972-16- 378-KCA
 
29Denny WallingOF6-1 185 L-R 1954-04-17 25Neptune,New Jersey MLB1975-19921975-1992Howell (Farmingdale,NJ)Clemson U., Brookdale CC
1975- 1-   1-OAK
 
27Bob Watson1B6-2 205 R-R 1946-04-10 33Los Angeles,California MLB1965-19841966-1984Fremont (Los Angeles,CA)
1970-15- 362-CHN
 
19Tom WiedenbauerOF6-1 180 R-R 1958-11-05 20Menomonie,Wisconsin MLB1977-19831979-1979Sahuaro (Tucson,AZ)
1976- 7- 145-HOU
 
38Rick WilliamsP6-1 180 R-R 1952-11-09 26Merced,California MLB1977-19821978-1979Merced (Merced,CA)
1970-27- 648-NYN
 
41Gary WilsonP6-2 185 R-R 1954-11-21 24Camden,Arkansas MLB1976-19821979-1979Fairview (Camden,AR)So.Arkansas U.
1976- 1-   2-HOU
 
40 Players