The Houston Astros offered Terry Puhl a contract after he led his hometown midget squad to a Canadian championship in 1973. The fleet-footed youngster would report to Houston’s rookie league club in Covington, Virginia, in 1974, where he would hit .284 and cement his status as a bona fide prospect.

Just five days after his 21st birthday, the wide-eyed Saskatchewan native would start his first big league game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. So nervous he was shaking, Puhl would overcome his jitters to record his first hit and score the game-winning run. He would go on to hit .301 in 60 games that season and win himself a starting role in 1978.

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