Wild Card Wednesday – Houston Astros

I confess. I loved the monstrosity that was the uniform of the 1970’s Houston Astros.

If anyone put together a time capsule in the 1970s, disco albums, leisure suits, and the uniforms of the Houston Astros should have been included.

Uniforms like these right here:

Well, except for the Lee May card from 1974.  Those jerseys were horrible.

Well, except for the Lee May card from 1974. Those jerseys were horrible.

And these…Plus, the wings springing out from under the hat of Mark Lemongello.

Check out Denny Walling's team jacket.  Those were...good lord.

Check out Denny Walling’s team jacket. Those were…good lord.

Ken Forsch and Terry Puhl stuck around long enough to get new uniforms…and hats.

Plus, the Astros were pretty good with these guys.

Plus, the Astros were pretty good with these guys.

Here are a few other Astros who stuck with the team for a few years.

Hey, Vern!

Hey, Vern!

Astros Legends.

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JR Richard. That dude was awesome!

Luis Pujols also was part of the progression of Houston uniforms.

I was a big Luis Pujols fan...apparently.

I was a big Luis Pujols fan…apparently.

On the Future Stars card, Bobby Sprowl is on there.  I wonder if Jon-Mark Sprowl, a former Lansing Lugnut, is the son of Bobby Sprowl.  Also, take note of the three future managers on this page.

The team photo

The team photo is full of awesome.

Now is the time on Wild Card Wednesday when we look at Brewers tie-ins with the team that is featured.  Garner would be Brewers manager.  Walton went from Houston in 1968 to the Seattle Pilots in 1969 to the Brewers from 1970 and 1971.  His Houston card is from 1978, but Walton didn’t play for the Astros that season.  He spent 1978 playing for the Taiyo Whales.

Danny Walton, an original Brewer.

Danny Walton, an original Brewer.

These Astros are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Sutton has a Brewers tie-in, too.  he was traded from the Astros to the Brewers in 1982.

Sutton has a Brewers tie-in, too. he was traded from the Astros to the Brewers in 1982.

Now to the curious case of Tom Dixon.  His 1979 and 1980 cards look very similar.  The same background.  Almost the same pose. Slightly different lighting.  The consensus is that the the cards were taken from photos that were taken one frame apart at some point.  The hair is slightly different, which could lead one to believe that TOPPS went back two straight years to the same spot and shot action photos of Tom Dixon.  This is doubtful.

1979 on the left and 1980 on the right.

1979 on the left and 1980 on the right.

I will break one of my rules* here, but I think that it is worth it.  I don’t have the 1977 card of Tom Dixon.  But, this blog had it.

That's a Richmond Tides jersey...and we have found the other end of the 70's awful to awesome spectrum.

That’s a Richmond Tides jersey…and we have found the other end of the 70’s awful to awesome spectrum.

Past Wild Card Wednesdays:

New York Mets

Seattle Mariners

Toronto Blue Jays

Montreal Expos

Pittsburgh Pirates

New York Yankees

Boston Red Sox

St. Louis Cardinals

Chicago White Sox

Baltimore Orioles

Kansas City Royals

Philadelphia Phillies

Atlanta Braves

Oakland A’s

Minnesota Twins

Cleveland Indians

Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati Reds

Detroit Tigers

California Angels

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