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1968 – Houston selects catcher Martin Cott of Buffalo, NY in the first round of the June draft, passing on a catcher from Canton, OH named Thurman Munson whom the Yankees grab with the next pick. Cott never reaches the big leagues. It’s not a good day on the field either as Cardinal ace Bob Gibson blanks Houston, 4-0. 

1968 – Houston selects catcher Martin Cott of Buffalo, NY in the first round of the June draft, passing on a catcher from Canton, OH named Thurman Munson whom the Yankees grab with the next pick. Cott never reaches the big leagues. It’s not a good day on the field either as Cardinal ace Bob Gibson blanks Houston, 4-0. 

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1968 – Future Astro teammates Shane Reynolds and Jose Vizcaino are born. Reynolds is born in Bastrop, LA. Vizcaino is delivered in San Cristobal, DR. They would play together in Houston for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

1968 – Future Astro teammates Shane Reynolds and Jose Vizcaino are born. Reynolds is born in Bastrop, LA. Vizcaino is delivered in San Cristobal, DR. They would play together in Houston for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

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1968 – Darryl Kile is born in Garden Grove, CA. He compiles a 71-65 record over seven seasons in Houston (1991-1997) that reflect outstanding potential as well as frustrating inconsistency. He becomes a 20-game winner in St. Louis but dies on June 22, 2002 of a heart attack in his hotel room while the Cardinals are on a road trip in Chicago.

1968 – Darryl Kile is born in Garden Grove, CA. He compiles a 71-65 record over seven seasons in Houston (1991-1997) that reflect outstanding potential as well as frustrating inconsistency. He becomes a 20-game winner in St. Louis but dies on June 22, 2002 of a heart attack in his hotel room while the Cardinals are on a road trip in Chicago.

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1968 – Lefthander Mike Cuellar and two minor leaguers are traded to Baltimore for Curt Blefary and a minor leaguer. Despite a 37-36 record with Houston and an All-Star appearance, Cuellar’s best days are ahead of him – posting four 20-win seasons with the Orioles. In a separate deal, infielder Bob Aspromonte, the last of the original Colt .45s, is shipped to Atlanta for infielder Orlando “Marty” Martinez.

1968 – Lefthander Mike Cuellar and two minor leaguers are traded to Baltimore for Curt Blefary and a minor leaguer. Despite a 37-36 record with Houston and an All-Star appearance, Cuellar’s best days are ahead of him – posting four 20-win seasons with the Orioles. In a separate deal, infielder Bob Aspromonte, the last of the original Colt .45s, is shipped to Atlanta for infielder Orlando “Marty” Martinez.

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1968 – Kent Bottenfield is born in Portland, OR. Expected to solidify the starting rotation in 2001, the righthander lands on the disabled list after just 13 games, posting a 2-5 record with one save. 

1968 – Kent Bottenfield is born in Portland, OR. Expected to solidify the starting rotation in 2001, the righthander lands on the disabled list after just 13 games, posting a 2-5 record with one save. 

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1968 – Astros lose five players in the second National League expansion draft. The event is in Montreal which, along with San Diego, are the two new franchises. Back in 1961, Houston could only choose players off the 40-man rosters with other clubs protecting their best 25. Now, Houston can only protect 15 players and their farm system is fully exposed. The Astros surrender catchers John Bateman and Ron Brand to Montreal while San Diego tabs infielder Nate Colbert, outfielder Ivan Murrell and pitcher Tom Dukes.

1968 – Astros lose five players in the second National League expansion draft. The event is in Montreal which, along with San Diego, are the two new franchises. Back in 1961, Houston could only choose players off the 40-man rosters with other clubs protecting their best 25. Now, Houston can only protect 15 players and their farm system is fully exposed. The Astros surrender catchers John Bateman and Ron Brand to Montreal while San Diego tabs infielder Nate Colbert, outfielder Ivan Murrell and pitcher Tom Dukes.

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1968 – Even the greats are human. Atlanta’s Hank Aaron, representing the winning run, stumbles and falls rounding third base in the bottom of the ninth on a single by Sonny Jackson and is caught in a rundown. Doug Rader tags him out on a play where Aaron should have scored easily. Instead, the game goes into extra innings where Rader and Jim Wynn smack doubles to key a 6-3 ten-inning triumph.

1968 – Even the greats are human. Atlanta’s Hank Aaron, representing the winning run, stumbles and falls rounding third base in the bottom of the ninth on a single by Sonny Jackson and is caught in a rundown. Doug Rader tags him out on a play where Aaron should have scored easily. Instead, the game goes into extra innings where Rader and Jim Wynn smack doubles to key a 6-3 ten-inning triumph.

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 1968- Don Wilson whiffs Johnny Bench for his 18th strikeout to tie, what was then, the major-league record held by Bob Feller and Sandy Koufax . It is part of a rain-soaked 6-1 nightcap that completes a doubleheader sweep in Cincinnati. Ron Brand scored Denis Menke for a 5-4, ten-inning victory in the opener. 

 1968- Don Wilson whiffs Johnny Bench for his 18th strikeout to tie, what was then, the major-league record held by Bob Feller and Sandy Koufax . It is part of a rain-soaked 6-1 nightcap that completes a doubleheader sweep in Cincinnati. Ron Brand scored Denis Menke for a 5-4, ten-inning victory in the opener. 

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Major League Baseball Season Recap 1968

Major League Baseball Season Recap 1968 World Series – Detriot Tigers AL over St. Louis Cardinals NL 4 games to 3 World Series MVP – Mickey Lolich Babe Ruth Award – Mickey Lolich Awards – Major League Cy...

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The Angels trade two catchers, Ed Kirkpatrick and Dennis Paepke, to the Kansas City A’s for Hoyt Wilhelm. Before being traded to Atlanta in September, the right-handed knuckleballer, who will post a 5-7 record along with ten saves while compiling a respectable ERA of 2.47 during his five months with the Halos.

The Angels trade two catchers, Ed Kirkpatrick and Dennis Paepke, to the Kansas City A’s for Hoyt Wilhelm. Before being traded to Atlanta in September, the right-handed knuckleballer, who will post a 5-7 record along with ten saves while compiling a respectable ERA of 2.47 during his five months with the Halos.

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William Eckert, sometimes referred to as the ‘Unknown Solider’, resigns as baseball commissioner. The former U.S. Air Force lieutenant general, who served as the game’s fourth commissioner from 1965-68, will be replaced by Bowie Kuhn.

William Eckert, sometimes referred to as the ‘Unknown Solider’, resigns as baseball commissioner. The former U.S. Air Force lieutenant general, who served as the game’s fourth commissioner from 1965-68, will be replaced by Bowie Kuhn.

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The Astros trade 3B Bob Aspromonte, who lost his job to Doug Rader, to the Braves for infielder Marty Martinez. Aspro was the last original Colt .45 on Houston’s roster, and when he retires, he will be the last Brooklyn Dodger to play in the majors. Houston also swaps P Mike Cuellar and infielders Elijah Johnson and Enzo Hernandez to the Orioles for outfielders Curt Blefary and John Mason. Cuellar, 8-11 this past season, will average 20 wins a year for five years in Baltimore. This ranks as one of the best trades in Oriole history, along with the one which brought in Frank Robinson.

The Astros trade 3B Bob Aspromonte, who lost his job to Doug Rader, to the Braves for infielder Marty Martinez. Aspro was the last original Colt .45 on Houston’s roster, and when he retires, he will be the last Brooklyn Dodger to play in the majors. Houston also swaps P Mike Cuellar and infielders Elijah Johnson and Enzo Hernandez to the Orioles for outfielders Curt Blefary and John Mason. Cuellar, 8-11 this past season, will average 20 wins a year for five years in Baltimore. This ranks as one of the best trades in Oriole history, along with the one which brought in Frank Robinson.

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Johnny Benchis named the National League’s Rookie of the Year by the narrowest of margins

Johnny Bench, who kept his freshman status by missing the final three games of the 1967 season due to a hand injury, is named the National League’s Rookie of the Year by the narrowest of margins. The 20 year-old Reds’ catcher edges Mets’ southpaw Jerry Koosman for the award when Chicago American veteran scribe Jim Enright splits his choice because he “couldn’t vote for one and ignore the other.”

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Jim Bouton agrees to a one-year deal worth $22,000 to play for the expansion Seattle Pilots

Jim Bouton agrees to a one-year deal worth $22,000 to play for the expansion Pilots, who had purchased the right-hander from New York last month for $20,000 with his previous team agreeing to pick up $12,000 of the salary. The knuckleballer will use his tenure with the club, and the Astros after he is traded to Houston, to chronicle the 1969 season, along with stories from his Yankee years, in his groundbreaking book, Ball Four, a publication which will not endear him to the baseball community, especially with his former Bronx Bomber teammates.

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Denny McLain is the BBWAA’s unanimous choice for the American League Cy Young Award

Denny McLain is the BBWAA’s unanimous choice for the American League Cy Young Award, after the right-hander posts a 31-6 (.838) record for the World Champion Tigers. The 24 year-old Chicago native, who will cop the prestigious pitching prize again next season, will be also named this year’s Junior Circuit’s Most Valuable Player.

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1968 – In the American League expansion draft, pitcher Roger Nelson is selected first by the Kansas City Royals and first baseman Don Mincher is the first choice of the Seattle Pilots. The National League held its draft yesterday.

1968 – In the American League expansion draft, pitcher Roger Nelson is selected first by the Kansas City Royals and first baseman Don Mincher is the first choice of the Seattle Pilots. The National League held its draft yesterday.

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1968 – The National League holds an expansion draft for two new teams: the Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres. The list of players taken in the draft includes future Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm and notables like Nate Colbert, Donn Clendenon, Cito Gaston, Dave Giusti, Mudcat Grant, Al McBean, Manny Mota and Maury Wills. The American League will hold its draft tomorrow.

1968 – The National League holds an expansion draft for two new teams: the Montreal Expos and San Diego Padres. The list of players taken in the draft includes future Hall of Famer Hoyt Wilhelm and notables like Nate Colbert, Donn Clendenon, Cito Gaston, Dave Giusti, Mudcat Grant, Al McBean, Manny Mota and Maury Wills. The American League will hold its draft tomorrow.

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The Giants name Clyde King as the team’s new manager, replacing Herman Franks. San Francisco fires their new skipper, who will guide the club to 90 victories next season, after the team blows an 8-0 lead in a contest against the Padres in May, 1970.

The Giants name Clyde King as the team’s new manager, replacing Herman Franks. San Francisco fires their new skipper, who will guide the club to 90 victories next season, after the team blows an 8-0 lead in a contest against the Padres in May, 1970.

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The Cardinals trade outfielder/first baseman Bobby Tolan and right-hander Wayne Granger to the Reds for Vada Pinson. The World Champion Redbirds obtain the former All-Star Gold Glove outfielder to replace Roger Maris, who retired after the season ended.

The Cardinals trade outfielder/first baseman Bobby Tolan and right-hander Wayne Granger to the Reds for Vada Pinson. The World Champion Redbirds obtain the former All-Star Gold Glove outfielder to replace Roger Maris, who retired after the season ended.

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The Tigers score ten runs in the third inning en route to a 13-1 victory over the Cardinals in Game 6 of the Fall Classic. Detroit’s big frame, which equals the World Series mark set by the 1929 A’s, sees 15 batters come to the plate, who collect seven hits, one hit-by-pitch, and four walks against four Redbird hurlers in the Busch Stadium contest.

The Tigers score ten runs in the third inning en route to a 13-1 victory over the Cardinals in Game 6 of the Fall Classic. Detroit’s big frame, which equals the World Series mark set by the 1929 A’s, sees 15 batters come to the plate, who collect seven hits, one hit-by-pitch, and four walks against four Redbird hurlers in the Busch Stadium contest.

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1968 – In Game 5 of the World Series at Tiger Stadium, Detroit Tigers pitcher Mickey Lolich leads, 5 – 3, over the St. Louis Cardinals, when Lou Brock tries to score standing up on Julian Javier’s single and is gunned down by Willie Horton’s throw. Al Kaline’s bases-loaded single drives in the deciding runs.

1968 – In Game 5 of the World Series at Tiger Stadium, Detroit Tigers pitcher Mickey Lolich leads, 5 – 3, over the St. Louis Cardinals, when Lou Brock tries to score standing up on Julian Javier’s single and is gunned down by Willie Horton’s throw. Al Kaline’s bases-loaded single drives in the deciding runs.

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