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1995 – Houston erupts for a team-record 19 runs, destroying the Cubs in a 19-6 laugher at the Dome. You might expect Jeff Bagwell to be at the center of this and he is, driving in five including a three-run blast in the seventh. But John Cangelosi? The 5-7 mite takes Bryan Hickerson deep in the eighth as the Astros pour it on with nine runs in their final time up. 

1995 – Houston erupts for a team-record 19 runs, destroying the Cubs in a 19-6 laugher at the Dome. You might expect Jeff Bagwell to be at the center of this and he is, driving in five including a three-run blast in the seventh. But John Cangelosi? The 5-7 mite takes Bryan Hickerson deep in the eighth as the Astros pour it on with nine runs in their final time up. 

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1995 – Orlando Miller smacks a three-run shot and drives in five as Houston buries the Cardinals, 11-0. Greg Swindell hurls the complete game shutout, coasting to victory after his teammates tally ten runs in the first two frames. Luis Gonzalez adds three hits and drives in three. 

1995 – Orlando Miller smacks a three-run shot and drives in five as Houston buries the Cardinals, 11-0. Greg Swindell hurls the complete game shutout, coasting to victory after his teammates tally ten runs in the first two frames. Luis Gonzalez adds three hits and drives in three. 

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1995 – Derek Bell caps a four-hit night with the game-winning RBI as he drives home Brian Hunter for a 3-2, twelve-inning triumph over the Cubs. Craig Shipley had tied it in the bottom of the ninth with a sacrifice fly off Randy Myers. Todd Jones fans five of the seven Chicagoans he faces to get the victory. 

1995 – Derek Bell caps a four-hit night with the game-winning RBI as he drives home Brian Hunter for a 3-2, twelve-inning triumph over the Cubs. Craig Shipley had tied it in the bottom of the ninth with a sacrifice fly off Randy Myers. Todd Jones fans five of the seven Chicagoans he faces to get the victory. 

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1995 – In a wild 16-inning affair at Shea Stadium, the Astros outduel the Mets, 7-5. Brian Hunter’s double drives in Craig Shipley in the 12th to snap a 2-2 tie but Jose Vizcaino’s RBI grounder keeps New York alive. Back-to-back homers by Hunter and Craig Biggio put Houston up in the 15th but a two-run single by Brett Butler ties it again. Jeff Bagwell’s bases-loaded hit is the game-winner. Doug Brocail slams the door to finally silence the Mets. 

1995 – In a wild 16-inning affair at Shea Stadium, the Astros outduel the Mets, 7-5. Brian Hunter’s double drives in Craig Shipley in the 12th to snap a 2-2 tie but Jose Vizcaino’s RBI grounder keeps New York alive. Back-to-back homers by Hunter and Craig Biggio put Houston up in the 15th but a two-run single by Brett Butler ties it again. Jeff Bagwell’s bases-loaded hit is the game-winner. Doug Brocail slams the door to finally silence the Mets. 

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1995 – Craig Biggio blasts a three-run shot off Robb Nen with two away in the bottom of the ninth to shock Florida, 6-5. Greg Swindell helps his own cause with a run-scoring double but Dave Veres gets the win. 

1995 – Craig Biggio blasts a three-run shot off Robb Nen with two away in the bottom of the ninth to shock Florida, 6-5. Greg Swindell helps his own cause with a run-scoring double but Dave Veres gets the win. 

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1995 – “Play Ball” never sounded so good. The Astros open the strike-delayed season with a 10-2 victory in San Diego. Jeff Bagwell, Derek Bell and Phil Plantier start the campaign with home runs. Doug Drabek works five innings for the win. Although over 41,000 attend, baseball’s attendance plummets as resentment over the strike lingers. 

1995 – “Play Ball” never sounded so good. The Astros open the strike-delayed season with a 10-2 victory in San Diego. Jeff Bagwell, Derek Bell and Phil Plantier start the campaign with home runs. Doug Drabek works five innings for the win. Although over 41,000 attend, baseball’s attendance plummets as resentment over the strike lingers. 

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1995 – In their only Astrodome appearance, Houston replacement players mop up the ersatz New York Yankees, 10-1, before a crowd of approximately 7,000. Former Astros Juan Guerrero and Dave Rhode star for the strike-breaking locals. 

1995 – In their only Astrodome appearance, Houston replacement players mop up the ersatz New York Yankees, 10-1, before a crowd of approximately 7,000. Former Astros Juan Guerrero and Dave Rhode star for the strike-breaking locals. 

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1995 – Only 621 attend an Astros-Royals replacement exhibition game and both clubs, in spite of fairly new spring facilities, grumble about declining revenues. The Astros weigh an option to return to Arizona when their contract in Kissimmee is up, looking at Tucson where their AAA team used to play. 

1995 – Only 621 attend an Astros-Royals replacement exhibition game and both clubs, in spite of fairly new spring facilities, grumble about declining revenues. The Astros weigh an option to return to Arizona when their contract in Kissimmee is up, looking at Tucson where their AAA team used to play. 

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1995 – Third baseman Sean Berry is acquired from Montreal for pitcher Dave Veres and catcher Raul Chavez. Berry helps Houston to two division titles. Chavez returns to the Astros organization in 2000, working his way into a backup role during 2004 and 2005 where he launched a home run in postseason play. 

1995 – Third baseman Sean Berry is acquired from Montreal for pitcher Dave Veres and catcher Raul Chavez. Berry helps Houston to two division titles. Chavez returns to the Astros organization in 2000, working his way into a backup role during 2004 and 2005 where he launched a home run in postseason play. 

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1995 – On his 30th birthday, free agent Craig Biggio re-signs with the Astros in a four-year deal worth $22 million dollars. Biggio had mulled offers from other clubs but decides to stay with the team he began with. Manager Terry Collins calls the deal the best Christmas present he’s ever had.

1995 – On his 30th birthday, free agent Craig Biggio re-signs with the Astros in a four-year deal worth $22 million dollars. Biggio had mulled offers from other clubs but decides to stay with the team he began with. Manager Terry Collins calls the deal the best Christmas present he’s ever had.

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1995 – Amid rumors that the Astros will be sold and moved to Virginia, General Manager Bob Watson resigns and takes the same position with the New York Yankees. His short tenure in Houston breaks the color bar for blacks in the General Manager ranks but in New York he gets the World’s Championship ring that he long coveted. 

1995 – Amid rumors that the Astros will be sold and moved to Virginia, General Manager Bob Watson resigns and takes the same position with the New York Yankees. His short tenure in Houston breaks the color bar for blacks in the General Manager ranks but in New York he gets the World’s Championship ring that he long coveted. 

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1995 – Tony Eusebio’s 13th-inning blast stuns the Braves, 11-9, snapping a team-record eleven-game losing streak. Brian Hunter, Derrick May, Derek Bell and Mike Simms also homer. Once behind, 6-0, Houston rallies but blows a 9-7 lead in the ninth. Greg Swindell wins his 100th game with two relief innings. 

1995 – Tony Eusebio’s 13th-inning blast stuns the Braves, 11-9, snapping a team-record eleven-game losing streak. Brian Hunter, Derrick May, Derek Bell and Mike Simms also homer. Once behind, 6-0, Houston rallies but blows a 9-7 lead in the ninth. Greg Swindell wins his 100th game with two relief innings. 

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1995 – Houston sweeps a twinbill at Pittsburgh, 6-5 and 5-4. James Mouton singles home Orlando Miller in the ninth to win the opener while Derek Bell caps a 5-for-9 day with a home run and a double to pace the Astros in the nightcap. 

1995 – Houston sweeps a twinbill at Pittsburgh, 6-5 and 5-4. James Mouton singles home Orlando Miller in the ninth to win the opener while Derek Bell caps a 5-for-9 day with a home run and a double to pace the Astros in the nightcap. 

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1995 – Doug Drabek hurls a three-hitter and strikes out nine as he blanks the Dodgers, 4-0. Jeff Bagwell goes deep off Hideo Nomo while Craig Biggio spanks a solo shot off Jose Parra to account for half of Houston’s runs. 

1995 – Doug Drabek hurls a three-hitter and strikes out nine as he blanks the Dodgers, 4-0. Jeff Bagwell goes deep off Hideo Nomo while Craig Biggio spanks a solo shot off Jose Parra to account for half of Houston’s runs. 

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1995 – John Cangelosi goes 4-for-4 while Jeff Bagwell drives in five, including a three-run homer, to pace a 7-6 victory over San Francisco. Mike Hampton gets an early cushion but needs help from Dave Veres and Todd Jones for the win. 

1995 – John Cangelosi goes 4-for-4 while Jeff Bagwell drives in five, including a three-run homer, to pace a 7-6 victory over San Francisco. Mike Hampton gets an early cushion but needs help from Dave Veres and Todd Jones for the win. 

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1995 – Jeff Bagwell and Tony Eusebio deliver four hits apiece as the Astros outslug the Giants, 13-8. Bagwell’s three-run shot gives him four RBIs while Eusebio and Dave Magadan bring home three runs apiece. 

1995 – Jeff Bagwell and Tony Eusebio deliver four hits apiece as the Astros outslug the Giants, 13-8. Bagwell’s three-run shot gives him four RBIs while Eusebio and Dave Magadan bring home three runs apiece. 

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1995 – Houston explodes for eight runs in the fifth inning while blanking the Pirates, 11-0. Brian Hunter delivers two hits and scores twice in the inning as well as doubling in a pair. Craig Biggio singles twice on the night to record his 1000th hit. Shane Reynoldshurls a six-hit shutout. 

1995 – Houston explodes for eight runs in the fifth inning while blanking the Pirates, 11-0. Brian Hunter delivers two hits and scores twice in the inning as well as doubling in a pair. Craig Biggio singles twice on the night to record his 1000th hit. Shane Reynoldshurls a six-hit shutout. 

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1995 – Andres Galarraga of Colorado goes 6-for-6 with two homers and five RBIs as the Rockies take a 15-10 slugfest over Houston at Coors Field. Derek Bell and James Mouton go deep for the Astros but it’s not enough to offset the 21-hit assault of Colorado. 

1995 – Andres Galarraga of Colorado goes 6-for-6 with two homers and five RBIs as the Rockies take a 15-10 slugfest over Houston at Coors Field. Derek Bell and James Mouton go deep for the Astros but it’s not enough to offset the 21-hit assault of Colorado. 

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1995 – Craig Biggio slams two home runs and Jeff Bagwell drives in five during a 16-8 donnybrook at Colorado. Biggio scores five times, setting a club record that still stands. He also steals a base and drives in three. Derrick May and Phil Nevin contribute three hits apiece. 

1995 – Craig Biggio slams two home runs and Jeff Bagwell drives in five during a 16-8 donnybrook at Colorado. Biggio scores five times, setting a club record that still stands. He also steals a base and drives in three. Derrick May and Phil Nevin contribute three hits apiece. 

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1995 – Hall of Fame umpire Al Barlick dies at the age of 80 in Springfield, Illinois. Known for his decisiveness and hustle, Barlick worked National League games from 1940 to 1972, and gained election to the Hall in 1989.

1995 – Hall of Fame umpire Al Barlick dies at the age of 80 in Springfield, Illinois. Known for his decisiveness and hustle, Barlick worked National League games from 1940 to 1972, and gained election to the Hall in 1989.

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1995 – The St. Louis Cardinals sign a pair of free agents, outfielder Ron Gant and pitcher Andy Benes. Gant hit 29 home runs and stole 23 bases for Cincinnati, and Benes won 11 games while splitting his season between San Diego and Seattle. Benes will join younger brother Alan in the Cardinals’ rotation.

1995 – The St. Louis Cardinals sign a pair of free agents, outfielder Ron Gant and pitcher Andy Benes. Gant hit 29 home runs and stole 23 bases for Cincinnati, and Benes won 11 games while splitting his season between San Diego and Seattle. Benes will join younger brother Alan in the Cardinals’ rotation.

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After a Southwest Bank investment group promises to keep the franchise in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch agrees to sell the Cardinals to the financial establishment. The price tag of approximately $150 million is considered a bargain, with Forbes Magazine estimating the club’s value to be worth twice that amount.

After a Southwest Bank investment group promises to keep the franchise in St. Louis, Anheuser-Busch agrees to sell the Cardinals to the financial establishment. The price tag of approximately $150 million is considered a bargain, with Forbes Magazine estimating the club’s value to be worth twice that amount.

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