Today, Thursday, April 20, 2017, there are a total of only forty final survivors among all the men who once played for the Houston Colt .45s in any official season box score time from 1962 through 1964. The oldest, of course, is Bobby Shantz, who also heads the list of oldest among all players to ever perform for the Houston major league club as either the Colt .45s or Astros, but this list of “last living” Colt .45s is much more exclusive. Whereas, we continue to see the addition of numerous new Astros yearly, the club existed as the Colt .45s for only those three initial franchise seasons. Therefore, we chose to focus here on who remains from our originally identified club known as the Houston Colt .45s.
Today we are down to our “Final Forty Colt Forty-Fives” and the youngest of these men just happens to be a fellow that many of us still treasure as a special baseball friend and the namesake of our local Houston SABR group, the Larry Dierker Chapter.
Keep that heart, mind, body, and spirit engaged, Mr. Dierker. – We need you with us as long as possible.
And thank you, Darrell Pittman, for fulfilling our request for this data so quickly. Your ability to also program it for The Pecan Park Eagle in Microsoft Word tabular form as requested simply sweetened the project to this early publication date. On some things, my dear friend, I really don’t know what I’d do without either your help or countless other good intentions. Thank you for being you – a true friend and great baseball guy!
Bill McCurdy, Publisher
The Pecan Park Eagle
“Final Forty Houston Colt Forty-Fives” *
|Rank by Age||Player||Houston Years||Birth date||Age in 2017|
|11||Dave Roberts||1962, 1964||6/30/1933||84|
|15||J C Hartman||1962-63||4/15/1934||83|
|25||Dave Giusti||1962, 1964-68||11/27/1939||78|
|30||Aaron Pointer||1963, 1966-67||4/19/1942||75|
|34||Joe Morgan||1963-71, 1980||9/19/1943||74|
|35||Brock Davis||1963-64, 1966||10/19/1943||74|
* Note: Players for the Houston Club when it was known as the Colt .45s were on the roster at some time during the three original National League entry seasons of 1962, 1963, or 1964. Players in the table which are shown with Houston beyond 1964 are simply those who continued with the club after their named changed to “Astros” in 1965. Pure “Astro” players who only joined the club after the name change are not included in this list.
Unless we miscounted, 19 of these surviving 40 Colt .45 alumni went on to spend variable future time beyond 1964 as members of the franchise’s 1965 and forward re-named club, the Houston Astros.
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The Pecan Park Eagle