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1979 HOUSTON ASTROS

+    Level: MLB
Location:  Houston,TX
Team Record:  89-73   .549
Result:   2nd in National League - West Division
Manager(s):  Bill Virdon
General Manager:   Tal Smith
Stadium:  Astrodome
Attendance:  1,900,312
Playoffs:  -

Houston Astros affiliate history
Oldest Player:  Jesus Alou (37)
Youngest Player:  Tom Wiedenbauer (20)
Longest Tenure:  Bob Watson (14)
Top Hitter:  Jose Cruz (18)
Top Pitcher:  J.R. Richard (1)
Top Draft Pick:  John Mizerock (#8)

Roster Continuity:  80.37%
National League Standings
WestWLPctGB
Cincinnati9071.559--
Houston8973.5491.5
LA Dodgers7983.48811.5
SF Giants7191.43819.5
San Diego6893.42222.0
Atlanta6694.41323.5

TEAM INFORMATION
#PlayerPosHiLvlHtWtBatsThrowsBornAgePlaceDraft Information 
22Jesus AlouOFMLB6-2195RightRight3/24/194237Haina,Dominican Republic1959UDFA SF

47Joaquin AndujarPMLB6-0180BothRight12/21/195226San Pedro de Macoris,Dominican Republic1969UDFA CIN
14Alan AshbyCMLB6-2190BothRight7/8/195127Long Beach,California1969363CLE
6Reggie BaldwinCMLB6-1195RightRight8/19/195424River Rouge,Michigan1976349HOU
16Dave Bergman1BMLB6-2190LeftLeft6/6/195326Evanston,Illinois1974236NYY
13Bruce BochyCMLB6-4225RightRight4/16/195524Landes de Boussac,France19758132CHW
23Enos Cabell3B-1BMLB6-5185RightRight10/8/194929Fort Riley,Kansas1969UDFA BAL
28Cesar CedenoOFMLB6-2190RightRight2/25/195128Santo Domingo,Dominican Republic1967UDFA HOU
25Jose CruzOFMLB6-0175LeftLeft8/8/194731Arroyo,Puerto Rico1967UDFA STL
37Tom DixonPMLB5-11175RightRight4/23/195524Orlando,Florida197318426LAD
43Ken ForschPMLB6-4210RightRight9/8/194632Sacramento,California196818399HOU
9Julio Gonzalez2B-SSMLB5-11165RightRight12/25/195226Caguas,Puerto Rico1972UDFA CHC
20Danny HeepOF-1BMLB5-11177LeftLeft7/3/195721San Antonio,Texas1978237HOU
18Art Howe3B-2BMLB6-2190RightRight12/15/194632Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania1971UDFA PIT
11Alan KnicelyC-OFMLB6-0194RightRight5/19/195524Harrisonburg,Virginia1974363HOU
31Frank LaCortePMLB6-1180RightRight10/13/195127San Jose,California1973UDFA ATL
39Pete LaddPMLB6-3240RightRight7/17/195622Portland,Maine197725620BOS
17Rafael Landestoy2B-SSMLB5-10165BothRight5/28/195326Bani,Dominican Republic1972UDFA LAD
30Jeff LeonardOFMLB6-2200RightRight9/22/195523Philadelphia,Pennsylvania1973UDFA LAD
39Bo McLaughlinPMLB6-5210RightRight10/23/195325Oakland,California1975114HOU
54Mike MendozaPMLB6-5215RightRight11/26/195523Inglewood,California19735116HOU
36Joe NiekroPMLB6-1190RightRight11/7/194434Martins Ferry,Ohio1966784CLE
46Randy NiemannPMLB6-4200LeftLeft11/15/195523Scotia,California1975360MIN
34Gordie PladsonPMLB6-4210RightRight7/31/195622New Westminster,British Columbia1973UDFA HOU
21Terry PuhlOFMLB6-2200LeftRight7/8/195622Melville,Saskatchewan1973UDFA HOU
8Luis PujolsCMLB6-1195RightRight11/18/195523Santiago,Dominican Republic1973UDFA HOU
12Craig ReynoldsSSMLB6-1175LeftRight12/27/195226Houston,Texas1971122PIT
45Frank RiccelliPMLB6-3205LeftLeft2/24/195326Syracuse,New York1971118SF
50J.R. RichardPMLB6-8222RightRight3/7/195029Vienna,Louisiana196912HOU
42Bert RobergePMLB6-4190RightRight10/3/195424Lewiston,Maine197617385HOU
48Vern RuhlePMLB6-1187RightRight1/25/195128Coleman,Michigan197217404DET
35Joe SambitoPMLB6-1190LeftLeft6/28/195227Brooklyn,New York197317404HOU
24Jimmy SextonSSMLB5-10175RightRight12/15/195127Mobile,Alabama1970UDFA PIT
41Bobby SprowlPMLB6-2190LeftLeft4/14/195623Sandusky,Ohio1977239BOS
33George ThroopPMLB6-7205RightRight11/24/195028Pasadena,California197216378KC
29Denny Walling3B-OFMLB6-1185LeftRight4/17/195425Neptune,New Jersey197511OAK
27Bob Watson1B-OFMLB6-2205RightRight4/10/194633Los Angeles,California197015355CHC
19Tom WiedenbauerOFMLB6-1180RightRight11/5/195820Menomonie,Wisconsin19767145HOU
38Rick WilliamsPMLB6-1180RightRight11/9/195226Merced,California197027640NYM
41Gary WilsonPMLB6-2185RightRight11/21/195424Camden,Arkansas197612HOU
Team PersonnelPosition 
Jesus AlouAssistant Coach 
Bob CluckAssistant Coach 
Larry DierkerBroadcaster 
Gene ElstonBroadcaster 
Deacon JonesHitting Coach 
Bob LillisThird Base Coach 
Walt MathewsScout 
Tony PachecoAssistant Coach 
Tal SmithGeneral Manager 
Dewayne StaatsBroadcaster 
Bill VirdonManager 
Mel WrightPitching Coach 


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