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:
And these…Plus, the wings springing out from under the hat of Mark Lemongello.
Ken Forsch and Terry Puhl stuck around long enough to get new uniforms…and hats.
Here are a few other Astros who stuck with the team for a few years.
Luis Pujols also was part of the progression of Houston uniforms.
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.
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.
These Astros are in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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.
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.
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