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Johnny Weekly was part of the original Houston Colt .45's team in 1962. The team eventually went with youngsters, and Weekly was one of the older crowd.

It's well known that the 1964 Colt .45's were full of youngsters such as 17-year-old Larry Dierker, 20-year-old Joe Morgan, 20-year-old Rusty Staub, and others, but the teams from 1962 to 1964 were not particularly young overall. The 1962 team was 29.5 years old on average, the 1963 team was 27.0, and the 1964 team was 27.9 years old. It was only after the youth movement took hold that the team age dropped as low as 25.6 in 1968, by which time they had been renamed the "Astros".

Weekly was 25 years old in 1962, and so was a youngster on an old team, but by 1964, he was 27 and much older than the youngsters that Houston would end up using in the long run.

Weekly was an outfielder, and while his batting stats look bad, they have to be considered in the context. In 1963, when he got two-thirds of his lifetime major league at-bats, he hit .225 on a team that hit .220. Teammate Rusty Staub hit .224, second baseman Ernie Fazio hit .184, and shortstop Bob Lillis hit .198.

On September 27, 1963, when the team made news by fielding an all-rookie team, Weekly was the first non-rookie to appear in the game, when he came in as a pinch-hitter.

Through 2019, he is the only major leaguer born in the small town of Waterproof, LA.

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