Mar 08, 2023
Terry Puhl (Houston Astros Hall of Fame)

Longtime Astros outfielder Terry Puhl spent all but the final season of his 15-year Major League career with the Astros – topped only by fellow Astros Hall of Famers Craig Biggio (20) and Jeff Bagwell (15) for most seasons in an Astros uniform. During his tenure as an Astro, Puhl broke top 10 all-time in franchise history in multiple categories including games played, hits, doubles, triples and runs scored. 

Offensively, Puhl was a model of consistency, hitting over .300 in three different seasons and .282 or higher nine times. In 1978, he was selected to the NL All-Star team.

Defensively, Puhl was one of the most sure-handed outfielders in the National League, committing just 18 errors in 1,300 career games. His .993 fielding pct. is the best among outfielders in Astros history and ranks 8th all-time among all outfielders in NL history. Puhl was also an effective base-stealer, tallying 217 steals in his career, swiping 30-or-more bags twice and 20-or-more six times.

Puhl pulled his own in the postseason as well, hitting what was at the time a record .526 (10x19) in the 1980 National League Championship Series vs. the Phillies. In his 13 career postseason games for Houston, Puhl hit a combined .372 (16x43), playing a significant role in the first three playoff appearances in franchise history (1980, 1981, 1986).

A native of Melville, Saskatchewan, Puhl was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. Terry retired from MLB in 1991, and served as head coach of the Univ. of Houston-Victoria baseball team form 2008 - 2021.

Terry and his wife Jackie, have lived in Sugar Land for over 30 years and they have three children and ? grandchildren.

Please join me in giving Terry Puhl a warm Sugar Land Rotary welcome.