Houston Astros induct 6 new members to club’s Hall of Fame

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Bob Watson

Career Astros Statistics

  • Seasons Played: 14 (1966-1979)
  • Primary Position(s) Played: 1B/LF
  • Career Position Player WAR: 23.6 (Ranked 14th in Astros history)
  • Batting Average: .297 (Ranked 3rd in Astros history)
  • Homeruns: 138 (Ranked 9th in Astros history)
  • RBIs: 782 (Ranked 5th in Astros history)
  • Hits: 1448 (Ranked 7th in Astros history)

(Per Baseball Reference)

Bob Watson was a baseball man through and through. He spent nineteen years playing the game of baseball, four years managing, and served as a MLB executive for thirteen years. Watson was noted for his punishing swing. His homerun numbers, like others from the same era, where dampened by a majority of his career being played in the Astrodome.

Watson still put up some great career numbers with the franchise, batting .297 with 139 homers and 782 runs batted in as a two time All-Star. After retirement, Bob Watson became the first African-American General Manager in MLB history when he served said position with Houston in 1993. Bob Watson passed away in 2020.