This Day In Astros History: June 27, 1982

Sandwiched between some pretty big dates in Astros history, this game was just the run-of-the-mill loss to the Dogers in a 7-3 game at the Astrodome.

Houston's Vern Ruhle started and gave up nine hits, four runs (three earned) and one walk while striking out one but lost his fifth game of the season. Bob Knepper and Frank LaCorte pitched in the ninth inning for Houston. Terry Puhl and Ray Knight led the way offensively for Houston. Both were 3 for 5 with two doubles apiece and one RBI. Puhl added a run scored and an outfield assist.

The other interesting thing about this game is the number of future big league managers played in it. Dusty Baker, Ron Roenicke and Mike Scioscia all played for Los Angeles, while Phil Garner, Art Howe and Ray Knight played for Houston. Add in Ruhle, who was a long-time pitching coach, and Jose Cruz, who was one of the most recognizable coaches in Houston for years, plus Alan Ashby and Rick Monday as broadcasters. Plus, Steve Garvey is currently trying to buy the Dodgers and Steve Sax was part of one of the greatest Simpsons episodes ever (along with Scioscia). What I wouldn't have given to be a reporter in THAT locker room...

Here's the graphic replay of the game, thanks to Back to Baseball. And here's a gratuitous clip from the Simpsons, because I can.

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