Astros Face Brink of History on Major Date

The Houston Colt .45s began our 51-season franchise NL history with a three-game series sweep over the Chicago Cubs in 1962. Today the Houston Astros have a chance to go out as a club leaving the NL by doing the same thing. All they need do is win today.

Sixty-One years ago, on October 3, 1951, Bobby Thomson unleashed his “Shot Heard ‘Round the World, that incredible 3-run walk-off homer to left in the 9th at the Polo Grounds that propelled the New York Giants to that magical pennant playoff game win over the Brooklyn Dodgers by a 5-4 count.

Today, October 3, 2012,  some lesser achievements are on the line for the Houston Astros as the close out the season and their 51-year National League lifespan on their way to the American League next season, but they are there to be had – and having them in the bag of local baseball history would be nifty.

(1) As Darrell Pittman noted yesterday in a comment on my column about the Cubs, an Astros sweep of the Cubs series would allow the franchise to leave the NL in the same way they entered the league back in 1962, that is, with a 3-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs.

(2) A shutout win over the Cubs today in their last game would allow them to finish the season as the first 100-loss club in history to finish a year with four shutout victories. – Whoa? Has any club ever finished with four shutout wins? And when was the last time a big league manager got fired after leading his team to four straight shutout wins at the end of the season?

C’mon, boys, let’s do it. – It would be nice to close the season with any kind of win to avoid a loss that would set the new record for most losses in a single year. “106” is a big enough “L” bulge. Let’s not make it any worse.

Go Astros! – Gout with guts, glory, and the symmetry of two three-game Cub Sweeps as the bookends on your history in the National League. That would, indeed, be sweet!

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3 Responses to “Astros Face Brink of History on Major Date”

  1. Bob Hulsey Says:

    Today is also the 13th anniversary of the last regular season game at the Astrodome, another event I faced with a bittersweet feelings having considered the Eighth Wonder my baseball “home”. Alas, the Dome, the Astros and myself are all in desperate need of a new beginning. I hope the Astros squad today is able to leave the National League with the same success with which they entered it, head held high.

  2. Darrell Pittman Says:

    They lost today, but the Astros still ended their NL run as they started it: with a *series win* over the Cubs. 🙂

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      We will take consolation in the NL start & finish bookend set of Cubs Series WIn angle, Darrell. I also read in the Chronicle today that an Astros win today would have allowed the franchise to leave the NL with an even 4,000 wins. – Oh well. Guess we’ll just have to settle for a song about…

      3,999 bottles of beer on the wall,
      3,999 wins in “The League,”
      since today’s last bottle didn’t happen to fall,
      pen Bud Selig’s hide to the wall!

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