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Caps Off to the ’62 Colt .45 Survivors

September 3, 2018

Caps Off to the ’62 Colt .45 Survivors 

Caps Off to the ’62 Colt .45 Survivors ~ A Labor Day Salute for All Time to the Guys Who Got Our Present Glory Hum Started 56 Years Ago. It began, as you already know, in our first day on a big league field.

First Houston MLB Game                                                

         April 10, 1962:

The Nine Man Lineup That

Played the Houston Colt .45s

1st Game and 11-2 Win over

the Chicago Cubs in Houston.


Names of Those Still Alive

On Labor Day, 9/03/2018

Are Shown in Bold Type:


Bob Aspromonte, 3B

Al Spangler, CF

Roman Mejias, RF

Norm Larker, 1B

Jim Pendleton, LF

Hal Smith, C

Joey Amalfitano, 2B

Don Buddin, SS

Bobby Shantz, P


Wrap your minds around this data, folks. ~ 1962 was 56 years ago. ~ Six of the starting nine who played the entire first game in the club’s MLB history debut are still alive in 2018 ~ including the CG starting pitcher-catcher battery. ~ What you don’t see above is that eight other players among those first season Colt .45s also have survived to see the light of day this Labor Day 2018, and enough to even put together a bedraggled and decrepit game lineup that would still be good enough to play a most improbable game against any other MLB club’s survivors from that same year ~ if there are any.

According to Baseball Almanac, 43 men played at one time or another for the original 1962 Houston Colt .45s. The survivors to this date by field position include these 14 total names:

3 of 17 Pitchers: Dave Giusti, Jim Golden and Bobby Shantz;

2 of 3 Catchers: Jim Campbell and Hal Smith;

4 of 12 Infielders: Joey Amalfitano, Bob Aspromonte, J.C. Hartman and Bob Lillis.

5 of 11 Outfielders: Roman Mejias, Dave Roberts, Al Spangler, Don Tausig and Carl Warwick.


Congratulations, Colt survivors; you are our inspiration!

Slow down, clock; we pay no heed to your desperation!

We’ve got heart! ~ Miles and miles and miles of heart!

And our Houston Big League Heart first took the field

in a game that counts on April 10, 1962.

Thanks, guys!






Here’s the Baseball Almanac link to the 1962 Houston Colt .45s roster:



Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle