A native of Tampa, Florida, Luis Gonzalez broke into the major leagues with the Houston Astros on September 2, 1990 after leading the Columbus Mudcats AA in most offensive statistics thru most of the season. For the season with Houston ‘Gonzo’ had 4 hits in 21 at bats, including his first big-league hit on Sept 8 off of SF Giants stalwart Steve Bedrosian.
The next year, 1991, Luis Gonzalez was the Astros opening day leftfielder, a honor he had for next 4 years. On July 5 he had 5 RBI vs the Dodgers.
Upon Further Review:
In the last week of May 2007 the left-handed batting Luis Gonzalez lined career hit number 2,417 and moved into the top 100 of all-time in career hits, passing two Hall of Fame players, Mickey Mantle 2,415 and Pie Traynor 2,416.