1969 Houston Astros
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 1969 Houston Astros / Franchise: Houston Astros / BR Team Page
Managed by Harry Walker
 History, Comments, Contributions
The 1969 Houston Astros were the other team (with the Seattle Pilots) for which pitcher Jim Bouton played for during the season he immortalized in his baseball diary Ball Four. They had the worst beginning to a season of any team in franchise history, going 4-20 over their first 24 games before settling down and managing to finish the year at .500 after being in the pennant race in late August and early September.
The Astros set a major league record (since broken) by striking out 1,221 opposing batters. Three pitchers struck out over 200 batters: Don Wilson (235), Larry Dierker (232) and rookie Tom Griffin (200); Denny Lemaster had 173. They were only the second team in history to have three pitchers with 200 or more strikeouts, after the 1967 Minnesota Twins; only the 2013 Detroit Tigers have done it since, in setting a new single-season team strikeout record.
 Further Reading
- Jim Bouton: Ball Four, Wiley Publishing Inc., New York, NY, 1990 (originally published in 1970). ISBN 0-02-030665-2