Hal Brown

A knuckleball pitcher with outstanding control, Brown was both a starter and a reliever. With Houston in 1963, he walked just eight in 141 innings. Chunky as a youngster, his parents facetiously nicknamed him “Skinny.” He was 12-5 with Baltimore in 1960, his best season, and pitched 36 consecutive shutout innings the next year to set the Oriole record. Although his ERAs with Houston in 1963-64 were as good as they had been with Baltimore, his record with the anemic Colt .45’s (later the Astros) was 8-26.