Category Archive: Articles.2014-TNP

Before the Astrodome was built in 1965, the Houston team played at Colt Stadium, seen in the background.

Houston’s Role in the Initiation of Sunday Night Baseball

It is something of a minor irony that Houston, the city that…
Astros' wives prepare to play their husbands at the Astrodome in 1974.

The Houston Astros and Wooing Women Fans

Although the earliest of American baseball clubs were organized…

The Colt .45s and the 1961 Expansion Draft

On October 10, 1961, the National League held the expansion draft…
Pitched 241 2?3 innings for the Houston Colt .45s in 1962, with 203 strikeouts and a 3.02 ERA, but was saddled with 20 losses.

Dick “Turk” Farrell: Houston’s First All-Star

Blessed with an outstanding fastball, Dick "Turk" Farrell also…
This could be the rarest baseball card issued since World War II.

The 1963 Pepsi Cola Colt .45s Baseball Card Set

This article investigates the 1963 Pepsi Cola Colt .45s Baseball…
Came to Houston for good in 1967 and pitched a no-hitter on June 18.

Almost Three Games in One: Astros 1, Mets 0 on April 15, 1968

A memorable Houston Astros-New York Mets game in 1968 lasted…
The 1968 mid-summer classic was the first All-Star Game to be played at night.

The 1968 All-Star Game

The 1968 baseball season took place against a backdrop of racial…
In his major league debut on September 5, 1971, tied an MLB record with 15 strikeouts against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park.

The Saga of J.R. Richard’s Debut: Blowing Away 15 Sticks at Candlestick

When Houston Astros flamethrower J.R. Richard debuted against…
Future Hall of Famer was 67 years old when he took his last managing stint in the big leagues with the Houston Astros in 1972.

From the Gashouse to the Glasshouse: Leo Durocher and the 1972–73 Houston Astros

In August 1972, Leo Durocher was hired by the Houston Astros…

There Used to be a Big Dome

A lyrical tribute to Houston's most famous ballpark. There used…
Came to Houston for good in 1967 and pitched a no-hitter on June 18.

Don Wilson: Houston's Fallen Star

Don Wilson won 109 games in nine seasons with the Houston Astros,…
On June 15, 1976, an Astros-Pirates game was postponed because of rain; although the playing field was protected, severe flooding made nearby roads impassable.

Rainout in the Astrodome

A rainout in the Astrodome? How is that possible? It’s domed,…
spent 11 seasons with the Houston Astros, hitting .252 in 965 games from 1979-89.

Catching Rainbows and Calling Stars: Alan Ashby and the Houston Astros

Few individuals saw more Astros history than Alan Ashby. An Astro…
17-game winner shut out the Mets for the first eight innings.

The Greatest Game Ever Played? October 15, 1986

On October 15, 1986, the New York Mets led the Houston Astros…

The Houston Astros Hall of Stats

The purpose of a Hall of Fame is to celebrate the greats and…

Astrodome Proves to Be No Hitters Park

Long fences and “dead” indoor air gave Astrodome a reputation…

Astrodome Attendance Below League Average

Despite the phenomenal engineering feat and the novelty of the…

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