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ROCKIES TIMELINE
1985-1989 | 1990-1994 | 1995-1999 | 2000-Present
Timeline 1995-1999
  
August 18, 1999: In the bottom of the ninth vs. Atlanta, Larry Walker hits a game-winning, three-run homer off John Rocker to give the Rockies a dramatic 4-1 victory. It was Walker's second home run of the day.
1995  - January 20 - The club presents a check for $22,366 to the Boys and Girls Club of Denver to promote the development of inner-city youth baseball programs.

February 3 - The Rockies, along with the Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation, donate $12,000 to the Pueblo County Director of Organizational Development in order to provide equipment, uniforms and scholarships for Pueblo youth baseball.

Larry Walker

April 8 - The Rockies sign free agents Larry Walker and Bill Swift to multiyear contracts.

April 24 - Following the Oklahoma City bombing, the Rockies make a $32,000 donation to the Red Cross Relief Fund. Initiated by the players and coaching staff, club management joined in the cause.

April 26 - The Rockies inaugurate Coors Field in dramatic fashion. Dante Bichette hits a game-winning three-run homer to beat New York in the 14th inning.

Coors Field

April 29 - The Rockies defeat the Houston Astros, 2-1, in Houston and claim sole possession of first for the first time in club history.

June 13 - Fans flow into Coors Field for the park's first of 203 consecutive sellouts.

June 16 - The Big Cat dedicates "Andres Galarraga Field" to the Boys and Girls Club of Denver. Galarraga, along with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, donates $48,000 for the field.

June 25 - Galarraga ties a Major League record by hitting a home run in three consecutive innings, becoming the fourth player in history to accomplish the feat.

June 26 - National League President Leonard Coleman announces that Coors Field has been selected to host the 1998 All-Star Game.

July 7 - National League manager Felipe Alou selects both Dante Bichette and Vinny Castilla to the All-Star squad, marking the first time the Rockies placed more than one representative in the contest. Castilla gets the starting assignment in place of an injured Matt Williams, becoming the first All-Star starter in club history.

July 17 - National cross-checker Herb Hippauf falls short in his battle with cancer. An original member of the scouting staff, he joined the organization in 1992.

July 31 - The Rockies acquire two-time Cy Young winner Bret Saberhagen from the Mets.

August 9 - The Rockies welcome 300 blind and visually impaired athletes to Denver for the 20th annual World Series of Pioneer Beep Baseball. As a sponsor, the club provides equipment, umpires, field expenses and other costs.

October 1 - The Rockies defeat the San Francisco Giants, 10-9, to claim the National League Wild Card, becoming the first expansion team to reach postseason play prior to its eighth year of competition.

November 2 - Dante Bichette and the Rockies agree to terms on a three-year deal. Later in the month, Bichette finishes second in the NL MVP balloting.

November 7 - Don Baylor receives National League Manager of the Year honors for leading his third-year club to postseason play.

November 16 - Ken Griffey Sr. becomes the fourth batting coach in as many years. Former big- league manager Jackie Moore is also named to the coaching staff.

November 20 - Walt Weiss re-signs with the Rockies, agreeing to a two-year deal with a '98 player option.

November 27 - All-Star third baseman Vinny Castilla signs a two-year contract, through 1997.

1996  - February 15 - The city of Tucson and the Rockies reach an agreement in principal to keep the city the spring training home of the franchise for the next 15 years.

March 29 - Michael McMorris, son of Rockies Chairman Jerry McMorris, passes away after a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis. The club will wear a shoulder patch bearing Michael's initials during the 1996 season.

May 11 - Florida Marlins pitcher Al Leiter no-hits the Rockies at Joe Robbie Stadium.

September 12 - Ellis Burks steals his 30th base of the season, becoming the first 30-30 player in franchise history. He hit his 30th home run on August 5.

September 13 - Having stolen his 30th base of the year the night before, Dante Bichette followed his teammate's lead by hitting his 30th homer. The Rockies joined the 1987 New York Mets as the only teams in history to boast two 30-30 players in the same season.

Andres Galarraga

September 15 - Andres Galarraga's three-run homer scores the 626th, 627th and 628th runs of 1996 at home, helping the Rockies set the modern Major League record for runs scored at home (625, Boston Red Sox, 1950). The Rockies would end the season with 658 tallies at Coors.

September 16 - Walt Weiss, continuing to participate in the Rockies field refurbishment program, announced the field he contributed funds for in Timnath, Colo., would bear the name of Michael D. McMorris in honor of the late son of Rockies Chairman Jerry McMorris, who lost his life to cystic fibrosis in March.

September 17 - The Dodgers' Hideo Nomo tosses the first no-hitter in Coors Field history, the second against the Rockies in 1996. Colorado became the first Major League team to get no-hit twice and still win the club batting title in the same season.

September 28 - Ellis Burks steals second base and helps the Rockies become the first Major League team to hit 200 home runs and steal 200 bases in the same season.

October 16 - Colorado names Clint Hurdle, minor league roving hitting instructor since 1993, batting coach.

October 28 - National League All-Star Ellis Burks re-signs with Colorado, agreeing to a two-year deal through 1998.

November 24 - The Colorado Rockies, in conjunction with Volunteers of America, ARAMARK, Sysco Foods, King Soopers, Austin Food Brokerage, Butler Rents and Cargill/Honeysuckle Turkeys, host a holiday Turkey Feast in the Coors Field press box.

December 9 - Free-agent catcher Kirt Manwaring signs a two-year deal with the Rockies.

1997  - February 25 - The Rockies and KWGN-TV Channel 2 announce a five-year contract extension, which allows the Rockies affiliate to continue to broadcast the club's games through the 2002 season.

February 26 - The Rockies and FOX Sports Rocky Mountain reach a multiyear agreement for the cable rights to the club, beginning with seven telecasts in 1997 and expanding to 50 games each year for the remainder of the contract.

August 10-13 - Coors Field hosts the fifth annual RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner-cities) World Series. Teams representing the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico compete in both boys and girls divisions.

August 13 - In a pregame ceremony attended by Rachel and Sharon Robinson, the Rockies retire No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson's historic and heroic contributions to the game of baseball. His number adorns the rightfield wall in Coors Field, and is retired across baseball.

August 18 - The Rockies acquire RHP Pedro Astacio from the Dodgers for second baseman Eric Young. Astacio goes 5-1 to close out the season and picks up four of the top five Rockies single-game strikeout performances for the year.

September 24 - Minor league pitcher Doug Million passes away after a severe asthma attack in Mesa, Ariz., where he was taking part in Instructional League.

September 29 - Oren L. Benton resigns as vice chairman.

October 22 - Rightfielder Larry Walker wins the franchise's first Gold Glove.

November 13 - Walker is named the National League's Most Valuable Player. He becomes the first Canadian and first Rockies player to win the award. Walker is voted first on 22 of the 28 ballots submitted.

November 13 - Colorado loses two players in the MLB Expansion Draft: Quinton McCracken and Bryan Rekar to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Rockies, however, acquire second baseman Mike Lansing and left-handed reliever Chuck McElroy in trades.

December 2 - After hitting .304, with 40 HR and 113 RBI for a second consecutive season, Rockies third baseman Vinny Castilla agrees to a four-year contract extension through 2001.

December 4 - Darryl Kile, one of the most coveted pitchers on the free-agent market, agrees to a three-year contract.

December 8 - Richard L. Monfort becomes vice chairman, joining his brother, Charles, who has held the same position since 1992.

1998  -
Dante Bichette

June 10 - Dante Bichette becomes the first Rockies player to hit for the cycle.

July 6 - Coors Field hosts the 69th annual Major League All-Star festivities, beginning with All-Star Workout Day. Ken Griffey Jr. beats out Jim Thome to win the long-awaited home run derby. During the contest's first round, Mark McGwire launches a ball 510 feet off a billboard in center field.

July 7 - In the highest-scoring All-Star Game in history, the Americans beat the Nationals, 13-8. Roberto Alomar earns the MVP award. Earlier in the day, the Rockies and several other entities dedicate Coca-Cola All-Star park, the crown jewel of the club's Fields of Dreams program. A replica of Coors Field, the facility is the finest youth baseball park in the country.

July 21 - In his Major League debut, Mark Brownson tosses a complete-game shutout at Houston.

July 25 - Neifi Perez becomes the second Rockies player to hit for the cycle.

July 31 - The Rockies trade outfielder Ellis Burks to the Giants for center fielder Darryl Hamilton and two minor league prospects.

August 31 - OF Dante Bichette agrees to a three-year contract extension.

Sept. 18 - Colorado agrees to a player development contract with the Double-A Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League.

Sept. 28 - The Rockies relieve the only manager in club history, Don Baylor, of his duties one day after the regular season.

October 7 - Colorado introduces Jim Leyland as the club's second manager. The skipper comes to the Rockies from Florida, where he led the Marlins to the 1997 world championship.

October 27 - The Rockies promote Tom Probst to head trainer. Probst, an original club trainer, replaces Dave Cilladi.

November 5 - Club ownership introduces Gary Hughes, the team's vice president/player personnel.

November 6 - Colorado signs Darryl Hamilton to a three-year contract.

November 7 - The Rockies sign Lenny Harris and Brian Bohanon to free-agent contracts.

December 18 - Club management promotes Brandy Lay to director of team travel, the third in franchise history.

1999  - January 4 - The Rockies promote Tim Ireland to Pacific Rim coordinator, a point man in the franchise's Far East scouting.

February 9 - Days before spring training, the Rockies and RHP Mike DeJean agree on a three-year contract.

April 4 - Colorado marks its seventh Opening Day with a historic game. The Rockies and Padres become the first teams to open a Major League schedule outside of the U.S. or Canada, in Monterrey, Mexico. Colorado wins, 8-2.

April 20 - Tragedy strikes nearby Columbine High School and the Rockies postpone two home games with the Montreal Expos.

May 5 - At Wrigley Field, the Rockies become the third team in the 20th century to score in every inning of a nine-inning game, in a 13-6 win over the Cubs.

June 2 - Colorado uses its first-round selection in the First-Year Player Draft to take RHP Jason Jennings. The Baylor University product later garners College Player of the Year honors.

June 19 - Todd Helton becomes the third Colorado player to hit for the cycle en route to the NL's Player of the Week award. Then, after his cycle, his next four hits are a homer, single, double and triple. In six games following, Helton fell one hit shy of a second cycle.

June 24 - The Rockies host An Evening of Stars and Fireworks at Coors Field, a celebrity softball game involving several local pro athletes. More than 25,000 attend the contest, with proceeds benefiting the prevention of youth violence.

July 31 - Less than an hour before a game at St. Louis, Colorado sends LHP Chuck McElroy and OF Darryl Hamilton to the Mets for LHP Rigo Beltran, and OFs Tom Johnson and Brian McRae. McRae spends only nine days with the club, before Colorado trades him to Toronto.

August 20 - Bob Gebhard, the franchise's first and only general manager, resigns his post.

September 6 - In a pregame clubhouse meeting, manager Jim Leyland tells his players he will resign at season's end, in order to spend more time with his family after 25 seasons as a manager.

August 31 - With the postseason roster deadline approaching, Colorado sends Lenny Harris to Arizona for INF prospect Belvani Martinez.

September 20 - Dan O'Dowd, 40, is named the second general manager in franchise history.

October 8 - The Rockies announce they have agreed to terms with Tsao Chin-Hui, from Taiwan, the franchise's first player from the Far East region. Tsao is introduced at a press conference Dec. 2.

October 12 - Colorado announces a restructuring of the front office, including new hires Josh Byrnes, Michael Hill, Bill Schmidt and Boyd Coffie for key baseball posts.

October 19 - The Rockies hire Mark Wiley, the Royals' pitching coach, as senior director of player personnel.

October 20 - Colorado introduces Buddy Bell as the franchise's third manager.

October 30 - O'Dowd makes his first of six offseason deals, sending the most popular player in franchise history, Dante Bichette, to the Reds for OF Jeffrey Hammonds and RHP Stan Belinda.

November 16 - The new GM grabs headlines again, this time with a seven-player deal: RHPs Darryl Kile, Dave Veres and Luther Hackman to St. Louis for RHPs Manny Aybar, Rick Croushore and Jose Jimenez, and INF Brent Butler.

December 8 - Colorado agrees to terms with free-agent OF Tom Goodwin on a three-year deal.

December 9 - The Rockies agree to terms with free-agent C Brent Mayne on a two-year deal.

December 10 - The club announces new team orthopedists: Dr. Richard Hawkins, Dr. Michael Curtin and Dr. Richard Steadman.

December 13 - At baseball's winter meetings in Anaheim, Calif., O'Dowd engineers the first four-team trade since 1985. In the nine-player deal, Colorado sends 3B Vinny Castilla to Tampa Bay, RHP Jamey Wright and C Henry Blanco to Milwaukee, and RHP Justin Miller to Oakland. In return, Colorado gets 3B Jeff Cirillo and LHP Scott Karl from the Brewers, and INF Aaron Ledesma and RHP Rolando Arrojo from the Devil Rays. Oakland then sends RHP Jimmy Haynes to the Brewers.

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