The angular Cabell found his path to the big leagues blocked by Baltimore regulars
Brooks Robinson and Boog Powell. A deal to Houston gave him his opportunity at third
base, a change he took advantage of to become a solid everyday performer. Combining
line drive hitting with speed, Cabell stole over 30 bases every year between 1976
and '79, having his best year overall in 1977, when he hit .282 with career highs
of 16 HR, 101 runs, and 42 stolen bases. This bad-ball hitter improved with age,
hitting over .300 in 1983 with Detroit and again the following season in his second
tour of duty with the Astros, this time as a first baseman.
»July 7, 1985: Floyd Youmans, ticketed for the minors after the game to make way for Bill Gullickson coming off the DL, pitches the last three innings to get his 1st ML win as the Expos outlast the Astros, 6–3 in 19 innings. A 2-out error by Enos Cabell and a 2-run single by Mike Fitzgerald do it for the Expos.