Happy Birthday to ~
C Ryan McCurdy (25)
Signed as a non-drafted free agent in 2010, McCurdy played at three different levels in the 2012 season as he pitched in to cover as catcher injuries mounted up. In 55 games between Lancaster, Corpus Christi and Lexington, he hit .203/.348/.287.
Former Astros with birthdays today ~
RHP Jose Sosa (60)
Signed by the Astros as a free agent from the Dominican Republic in 1970, Sosa pitched in 34 games for Houston in 1975 and 1976 with a 4.60 ERA and a 1.636 WHIP.
1B/3B Ray Knight (60)
A 10th round pick by the Reds in 1970, Knight came to Houston in a December 1981 trade which sent Cesar Cedeno to the Reds. In 391 games played for the Astros from 1982 to 1984, he hit .283/.331/.393. Knight was an All-Star for the Reds in 1980 and for Houston in 1982. The Astros traded him to the Mets in August of 1984; he was World Series MVP for New York in 1986.
IF Bill Hall (33)
Originally drafted by Milwaukee in the sixth round in 1998, Hall signed with Houston as a free agent in December 2010. In 46 games for the Astros in 2011, he hit .224/.272/.340. Since being released by Houston, he has gone on to play in the Giants, Yankees and Orioles organizations. He is currently a free agent.