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ROCKIES TIMELINE
1985-1989 | 1990-1994 | 1995-1999 | 2000-Present
Timeline 1990-1994
1990  - August 14 - Denver area voters pass a 0.1 percent sales tax to finance construction of a new baseball stadium, if MLB awards a franchise.

August 23 - Colorado's Baseball Advisory Committee, headed by Gov. Roy Romer, designates the Colorado Baseball Partnership to spearhead the formation of an ownership group.

September 18 - The NL Expansion Committee hears Denver's presentation. December 18 - The NL unveils its short list of six potential expansion sites: Buffalo, Denver, Orlando, South Florida, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Washington, D.C.

1991  -
20th and Blake Sts

January 25 - Denver's baseball ownership group launches a season ticket drive, requesting a refundable deposit of $50 per seat.

March 13 - Envisioning a traditional ballpark, the Denver Metropolitan Major League Baseball Stadium District formally chooses its site: 20th and Blake streets.

March 15 - Colorado Baseball Partnership announces that the proposed baseball park will be named Coors Field.

March 26 - The NL Expansion Committee visits Denver.

June 6 - Commissioner Fay Vincent announces that both leagues will share revenues generated by the $190 million expansion fee, and that both circuits will contribute players to the expansion draft.

June 10 - Vincent announces Denver and South Florida are the NL Expansion Committee's selections.

June 28 - The two leagues and the Major League Baseball Players Association compromise: AL teams will protect extra players in each draft round. Only eight AL teams will have to give up three players; the other six will give up players only in the first two rounds. With the agreement, a final expansion vote is scheduled for July 5.

July 5 - Major League owners unanimously approve Denver and South Florida as baseball's two newest franchises. Colorado Baseball Partnership announces that the team will be called the Colorado Rockies and unveils the team logo.

September - Bob Gebhard takes his post as the first general manager.

1992  -

February 14 - KOA Radio (850 AM) signs a five-year agreement to become the team's flagship station.

March 2 - Ownership chooses Tucson, Ariz., as the Rockies spring training home. The agreement between the Rockies and the Pima County Sports Authority calls for the club to play its spring training games at Hi Corbett Field, the former Cactus League home of the Cleveland Indians.

March 19 - The club announces its 1993 ticket prices, seating locations, and season-ticket packages. The Colorado Rockies Foundation commits to providing at least 150,000 tickets in '93 to the less fortunate.

April 16 - KWGN-TV (Channel 2) in Denver signs a five-year agreement to become the Rockies' exclusive over-the-air television broadcaster.

June 1 - John Burke, a pitcher from the University of Florida and a native of Englewood, Colo., is selected by the Rockies in the first round of the MLB June Draft, the club's first-ever draft selection. The 6-4, 220-pound righthander, the 27th player selected overall in the draft, signs a contract with the Rockies.

June 6 - The Rockies conduct a tryout camp at the University of Denver baseball field.

June 16 - Bend, Ore., hosts the first game in organization history, a Single-A Northwest League contest between the Bend Rockies and Boise Hawks. With the Rockies trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the eighth, catcher Will Scalzitti hits a grand slam to give his club a dramatic 6-4 win.

July 4 - The Rockies unveil their traditional 1993 uniforms (home, away, and Sunday alternate) at a Team USA-Team Cuba baseball game at Mile High Stadium before 61,165 fans. Included on the home uniform is purple pinstripes, making the Rockies the first team in Major League history to feature purple stripes. The club's road uniform is gray and the alternate is black. Also, the team improves its logo.

September 2 - Jerry McMorris, Oren Benton and Charles Monfort acquire all of the interests previously owned by non-Coloradoans. The local trio assumes control of the team. October 16 - Club officials, civic leaders and other dignitaries break ground on the future site of Coors Field.

October 27 - The Rockies name Don Baylor their first manager.

November 9 - The Colorado Baseball Partnership completes its acquisition of the franchise by paying the $95 million franchise fee. Shortly thereafter, the Rockies acquire pitcher Travis Buckley from the Montreal Expos in exchange for a player-to-be-named (Matt Connolly) in the club's first trade.

November 16 - The club signs free-agent first baseman Andres Galarraga.

November 17 - The Rockies select David Nied from the Atlanta Braves to open the MLB Expansion Draft in New York City. At the same time, more than 20,000 fans fill Denver's Currigan Hall to watch the historic event. After the draft, Colorado trades Kevin Reimer and Jody Reed for Dante Bichette and Rudy Seanez, respectively.

1993  - January 26 - The Rockies restructure their front office. Jerry McMorris becomes chairman, president and CEO; Oren Benton and Charles Monfort become vice chairmen.

February 18 - Pitchers and catchers report to Tucson, Ariz., for the club's inaugural spring training. Position players report five days later.

March 6 - The Rockies win their first spring training game, 7-2, over San Francisco. David Nied starts and pitches out of a jam in the first by striking out Barry Bonds.

April 5 - The club plays its first regular-season game, against the Mets at Shea Stadium. Dwight Gooden tosses a three-hit shutout.

April 9 - The Rocky Mountain region welcomes big-league baseball, as the Rockies host Montreal at Mile High Stadium. Eric Young homers to lead off the bottom of the first, bringing the record-setting crowd of 80,227 to its feet. Colorado wins 11-4, behind 37-year-old Bryn Smith, who blanks the Expos over seven innings.

May 9 - The team recognizes Lydia McKee as the one millionth fan through the gates at Mile High Stadium. Ironically, the mother of two is recognized on Mother's Day. The Rockies reach the million mark in just 17 home dates, breaking the previous best of 21 set by the '92 Toronto Blue Jays.

May 14 - Jay Gainer becomes the 12th player in history to homer on his first Major League pitch.

June 20 - After eclipsing the million mark on Mother's Day, the Rockies crack 2 million on Father's Day, the 36th home date. Colorado reaches the mark faster than any team in history, breaking the '92 Blue Jays mark of 41 dates.

July 28 - The Rockies surpass the 3 million plateau in their 53rd home date. Once again, the club is the fastest to reach the milestone, breaking the previous mark of 61 set by Toronto in 1992.

September 17 - On their 71st home date, the Rockies surpass the 4 million mark, breaking the single-season attendance record.

September 26 - The inaugural attendance is final: 4,483,350.

October 3 - The Rockies conclude their inaugural season with the most wins by an NL expansion club. Andres Galarraga wins the batting title, the first won by an expansion player and Venezuelan native.

November 2 - The club and the Denver Metropolitan Stadium District agree to expand Coors Field to approximately 50,200.

December 1 - Free-agent outfielder Ellis Burks agrees to a three-year deal.

December 6 - The Rockies re-sign first baseman Andres Galarraga to a four-year contract.

1994  - January 7 - Free-agent shortstop Walt Weiss agrees to a two-year deal and becomes the first player to appear on the roster of both expansion teams. He played for Florida in '93.

January 13 - Responding to fan requests, the club alters its uniforms. Names are placed on the backs of the home jerseys, while the road uniform's lettering is changed from silver to purple.

February 25 - The Rockies announce that they will exercise the '95 option on manager Don Baylor's contract.

June 26 - The Rockies claim one of the few Major League attendance records not yet in their possession, drawing 217,009 fans to a three-game series vs. the Giants.

July 17 - Colorado tops one of its own attendance records, drawing 259,113 to a four-game series against St. Louis.

August 7 - Again, the Rockies eclipse one of their own attendance marks, opening turnstiles for their 3 millionth fan in just the 52nd home date; 1993 saw Colorado crack 3 million in 53 dates.

September 30 - The Colorado Rockies, the City of Denver and Feed the Children announce an innovative literacy program called "Hitting Home." The program, which will run through the end of the 1995-96 school year, will distribute two books to 2,300 students.

October 31 - Colorado promotes Dick Balderson to vice president/player personnel and Tony Siegle is hired to replace Walt Jocketty as assistant general manager.

November 2 - The Rockies announce they will be a major sponsor of the 1995 National Beep Ball Association World Series, which will come to Denver in August 1995.

November 24 - Six thousand pounds of food and more than $700, collected at the Rockies Wives Food Drive held in April, is distributed on Thanksgiving Day through COMPA Food Ministries.

1985-1989 | 1990-1994 | 1995-1999 | 2000-Present