Houston’s all-rookie lineup
This one gets trotted out every year, so why not now? On September 27, 1963, the Houston Colt .45′s started an all-rookie lineup, all age 21 or under. Here’s their box score, with age (years.days), year in MLB, career game number, and a few notes:
|Sonny Jackson SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||19.080||1st||1||1st batter grounded out to him; booted his 3rd chance.
First full year was ’66. Played 936 MLB games.
|Ernie Fazio 3B||1||1||0||0||1||0||21.245||2nd||113||141 career games.|
|Joe Morgan 2B||5||0||2||1||0||1||20.008||1st||6||Hit first XBH (triple). First full year was ’65. 2,649 games.|
|Jim Wynn CF||4||0||2||0||1||0||21.199||1st||68||1,920 games. Went 9-6 in SB first 2 years, then 43-4 in ’65.|
|Rusty Staub 1B||5||1||2||1||0||1||19.179||1st||148||Most G in a season by a teenager* (150). 2,951 games.|
|Aaron Pointer RF||5||0||1||0||0||1||21.161||1st||2||1st start, 1st PAs, 1st hit. Next MLB game in ’66. 40 career games.|
|Brock Davis LF||5||0||1||1||0||1||19.343||1st||34||Made 2 errors in this game.
Homered in 25th game, age 19; no more HR in 217 G thru age 28.
|Glenn Vaughan 3B-SS||4||0||2||0||0||0||19.223||1st||7||This the only 2-hit game of his 9-game career.|
|Jerry Grote C||3||0||1||0||0||2||20.356||1st||3||1st hit in this game. In ’64, hit .181 in 325 PAs; worst BA since ’47
(300+ PAs). 2-time All-Star with Mets. 1,421 games.
|Dave Adlesh C||1||0||0||0||0||1||20.074||1st||5||Career .168 BA is 8th-worst with 250+ ABs. 106 games.|
|Jay Dahl P||0||0||0||0||0||0||17.295||1st||1||His only MLB game: 2.2 IP, 7 H, 7 R. Last 17-year-old to appear
in a MLB game. Died in a car crash 2 years later.
|Danny Coombs P||0||0||0||0||0||0||21.188||1st||1||First 3 batters got hits off him. Had good ’70 in SDP rotation. 144 G.|
|John Weekly PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||26.105||2nd||47||Hit .363 at AAA that year. 1st MLB hit was a HR. 53 games.|
|Joe Hoerner P||1||1||0||0||0||0||26.319||1st||1||3 scoreless IP in debut, and scored a run. Didn’t stick until ’66, but
had a fine run from then thru ’71: 2.16 ERA, 163 ERA+ in 375 IP.
|Mike White PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||24.283||1st||3||Full name Joyner Michael White; son of Joyner Clifford (Jo-Jo) White,
Tigers CF of the ’30s. (Only other “Joyner” in MLB is Wally.) 100 G.
|Jim Dickson P||0||0||0||0||0||0||25.160||1st||12||Later traded for Eddie Kasko, starting SS of ’61 Reds. 109 games.|
|Carl Warwick PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||26.212||3rd||367||2nd and last year as a regular. Acquired for Bobby Shantz. 530 G.|
|Dick Drott P||0||0||0||0||0||0||27.088||7th||176||Last MLB game. #3 in 1957 ROY (15-11, 109 ERA+, age 20). 176 G.|
Houston lost the game, 10-3, to the last-place Mets, who had dropped 12 of their past 13 games.
* Staub’s 150 games in ’63 is a teenage record by true age, not seasonal age. Bob Kennedy played 154 games in 1940 at seasonal age 19, but he turned 20 after 109 games. Staub was 19 the whole season.
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