Astros in the Sky
The Deadball Era
Born: Oct 19, 1937
Perhaps the first real slugger in franchise history, Bond hit 20 homers and drove in 85 during his career year with the Colt .45s in 1964. The Tennessee giant hit .254 that year but improved to .263 the following season, the first one in the Astrodome.
The huge new ballpark, however, negated Bond's power and he hit just seven homers all season as he gave way to Jim Gentile at first base.
Bond was swapped to the Minnesota Twins in 1966 but spent much of the year in the minor leagues. He played briefly in 1967 before he was diagnosed with leukemia. Walter Bond passed away on September 15th, 1967 at Methodist Hospital in Houston. He was just 29 years old.