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A Rainbow Start WIth No End In Sight

August 5, 2017

“Even if you wear it here, they will come.”

Don’t miss the great ESPN article by Paul Lukas for ESPN.Com on the 1975 introduction of the Houston Astros rainbow jersey. It’s dated August 2, 2017 and it amounts to a guided retrospective dialogue conducted by Lucas among the same people, including our own Tal Smith, who conceived, designed, and put it into the marketplace of our minds, changing forever our perceptions of how a major league baseball uniform could look – with a little runaway imagination – and a lot of public presence – over time.

Here’s the link:

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/20219881/the-history-houston-iconic-rainbow-uniforms-story-worth-telling

I’ll never forget the first time I saw the design. It wasn’t on the jersey itself, but upon a panel truck that had stopped at a neighbor’s house, sometime in early 1975. I don’t know who the driver of the truck was – maybe he was one of the participants in the article’s retrospective – but my curiosity compelled me to ask about the truck, which also was clearly marked as the new design format for the Houston Astros.

Contact was superficial and hurried as I shouted a friendly question to the driver from my front yard as he scrambled to leave the house he briefly visited.

“Is that the new design for a fleet of Astros panel trucks?” I hollered.

“No, but it is how the new Astros jerseys are going to look!” The man yelled back in a friendly voice.

What a dynamite idea the rainbow turned out to be. Thanks to Charlie Finley, owner of the Oakland A’s, the artistic palate door already had been swung wide open with his early 1970s introduction of how many things a club could do with brightly contrasting jersey combinations of yellow and green. And now the Astros were about to take things to an even wilder level. It was the logical extension of the Aquarian Age, even if MLB was posting no affinity for psychedelic identity through the new rainbow view of things at field level.

And now the rainbow is back – for reverent retro game use – and an everyday apparel option for fans who want to show their historical support for the Astros from the stands – in the company of those artistic hearts who simply love wearing rainbows. Anywhere.

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Thanks to Tal Smith and Darrell Pittman for their separate notices about this linked historical article.

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle