On December 1 , 1961 — The Houston Colts obtain pitchers Bob Bruce and Manny Montejo from Detroit for pitcher “Toothpick” Sam Jones. Bruce compiles a 42-58 record and a 3.78 ERA in five seasons for Houston. Picked in the expansion draft from San Francisco, Jones, a two-time All-Star, pitches only spot duty in his remaining three big league seasons.
Bruce will have a great 1964 season with a 2.76 ERA and go 15-9. It was one of the best in team history to date.
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