Salute to the 1st 25 Years of Houston MLB


Even though the batter in this featured ancient New Yorker cartoon is righthanded, the thought of it all still reminds many of us in Houston of our old Astros favorite left fielder/clutch hitter,  Jose ….. Cruzzzzzzzzzzz!

We should never forget those that ignited the heart of major league baseball in Houston. People like Roy Hofheinz, R.E. “Bob” Smith, Craig Cullinan, George Kirksey, Mickey Herskowitz, Gene Elston, Loel Passe, Bob Green, Harry Craft, Ken Johnson, Walt Bond, Turk Farrell, Hal Woodeshick, Jim Umbricht, Bob Aspromonte, Jimmy Wynn, Larry Dierker, Carl Warwick, Rusty Staub, Joe Morgan, Jose Cruz, J.R. Richard, Nolan Ryan, Joe Niekro, Tal Smith, Bill Virdon, Buddy Hancken, Mike Cuellar, Cesar Cedeno, Terry Puhl, Alan Ashby, Hal Lanier, Ken Forsch, Joaquin Andujar, Glenn Davis, Art Howe, Enos Cabell, Mike Scott, Phil Garner, Billy Doran, Dave Smith, and Kevin Bass, to name only some of the prime heartbeat pumpers on the field, in the front office, in the managerial post, and in the media, from 1962 to 1987, are the people we speak of here. Today we will just hand the bouquet of thanks to Jose Cruz in behalf of these and all others you other fan/readers/writers/and former players think we should add to our roses of gratitude gift to those who first breathed air into winning major league baseball in Houston.

And please add your own specific additions to our list of picks. The Eagle wasn’t presuming to cover them all for special mention. And not besides the point, either, is the fact that everyone who took the field for Houston in those first 25 years was also a contributor, if not to production, but to our learning curve on what we needed – and didn’t need – in the future.




Thank You, .... Jose Cruzzzzzzzzzzz!!! ... and all who came before you in the first 25 years of Houston MLB History!

Thank You, ….
Jose Cruzzzzzzzzzzz!!!
… and thanks to all others who came before you in the first 25 years of Houston MLB History!




5 Responses to “Salute to the 1st 25 Years of Houston MLB”

  1. Mike McCroakey Says:

    I would add Al Spangler, Hal Smith, Grady Hatten and Buddy Hancken to your list.

  2. Larry Dierker Says:

    The Chronicle recently posted an all-time Astros/Rangers team wth Cesar Cedeno in Center and Juan Gonzalez in right. Jose Cruz should rank above both of them.

  3. Rick B. Says:

    I would add Don Wilson. Whatever the circumstances surrounding his death may have been, he was quite the pitcher.

  4. Mark W Says:

    I’d like to see a guy on that list who led the charge for the Houston Colt .45s on opening day in 1962. Though his stay in Houston was brief, Bobby Shantz got our ball club off on the right foot by starting and completing the first game in team history, 11-2. He was just one bad pitch to Ernie Banks shy of tossing a shutout. That denotes a very special spot in the sanctum sanctorum of Houston baseball lore.

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