Baseball in the Space Age
- Houston’s Role in the Initiation of Sunday Night Baseball
- Movies, Bullfights, and Baseball, Too: Astrodome Built for Spectacle First and Sports Second
- The Houston Astros and Wooing Women Fans
The Colt .45s and the 1961 Expansion Draft
On October 10, 1961, the National League held the expansion draft to provide players for the Houston Colt .45s and the New York Mets. The NL learned from the mistakes made in the AL expansion draft a year earlier, but both teams were hampered by a lack of quality players in the pool and financial restrictions.
- Dick “Turk” Farrell: Houston’s First All-Star
- The 1963 Pepsi Cola Colt .45s Baseball Card Set
- Almost Three Games in One: Astros 1, Mets 0 on April 15, 1968
- The 1968 All-Star Game
The Saga of J.R. Richard’s Debut: Blowing Away 15 Sticks at Candlestick
When Houston Astros flamethrower J.R. Richard debuted against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park on September 5, 1971, he did so in relative anonymity. He received no television coverage, and no radio broadcast beyond the clubs’ local markets. Willie Mays and baseball’s fourth-best offense awaited him. The rookie responded by striking out 15 Giants to tie a major league record.
- From the Gashouse to the Glasshouse: Leo Durocher and the 1972–73 Houston Astros
- There Used to be a Big Dome
- Don Wilson: Houston's Fallen Star
- Rainout in the Astrodome
- Catching Rainbows and Calling Stars: Alan Ashby and the Houston Astros
- The Greatest Game Ever Played? October 15, 1986
- The Houston Astros Hall of Stats
- Astrodome Proves to Be No Hitters Park
- Astrodome Attendance Below League Average
Get your copy of "Houston Baseball: The Early Years 1861-1961"
All SABR 44 convention attendees received a free copy of Houston Baseball: The Early Years 1861-1961, edited by Mike Vance and produced by SABR's Larry Dierker Chapter, as part of their registration goody bag. Learn more about the book here.
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