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Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Deep in the heart of Texas
Yippie kiyay everyone, happy Tuesday! Today as you can see, The Fitted Diaries will be featuring the oldest Texas based MLB team, the Houston Astros. The 'Stros, as some call them, have been a part of big league baseball since the early 1960's. Prior to the name change we are all accustomed to, the club was known as the Houston Colt .45s (Possibly the greatest team name ever). For 3 seasons, from 62-64, the club played at (drumroll please for the big surprise) Colt Stadium. With the Change in team name, so came the change of baseball as we knew it; the significance of this being that the so called eighth wonder of the world, the Astrodome, was opened. The Astrodome, which hasn't seen baseball action since the conclusion of the 1999 MLB season, was the first ever domed baseball venue in the world. The park could fit somewhere around 54,000 fans for a full game. During the "Dome" era if you will, the club managed to pick up two NL Western Division titles in 1980 and 1986, and three NL Central Division titles in 1997, 1998, 1999. Since the closing of the park, and the opening of the newer Minute Maid Park, the team has had two NL Wild Card Berths coming in 2004 and 2005, the latter of which resulted in the 'Stos reaching the World Series. The team would fall short, and have still never won a World Series Title. The cap shown above features a logo that was used from 1975-1994, which in my opinion might be my favorite one that the club has ever used. The fitted has a navy blue brim and crown, and an orange outline MLB batter logo on the rear. I picked that one up at Minute Maid Park during my visit to Houston in 2006, and I must say that ball park is spectacular. You can find other Astros merchandise at the link posted below to the official team store. Adios!