Baseball in Houston

From the Buffs to the Astros, some might say that Houston’s history in the sport of baseball is almost as long as the seventh inning stretch. The first baseball club in Houston was established in 1861, and by 1902 amateur teams included the Houston Colts, Foley’s Reds, and others. Buff Stadium was completed in 1928 as a home for the Houston Buffaloes (Buffs) team. 

It was succeeded by Colt Stadium and later the Astrodome. In 1962, the Colt 45s played their first season when Houston was granted a National League expansion franchise. The team was renamed the Astros in 1965 when they moved to the newly completed Astrodome.

Today, the Houston Astros continue to play at Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston. This page features a collection of historical documents, images, and oral histories from the Houston Area Digital Archives that spotlight the people and places associated with baseball in Houston.
Source:  Houston, a history and guide, compiled by workers of the Writers’ Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas (1942)

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Oral Histories:

“I have always been one to try to get new ideas,
not [to determine] what everybody else is doing. … I learned from both my father and my mother a great principle of life in business is honesty, integrity, accuracy and principles.”
Drayton McLane


Drayton McLane served as President of the Texas Wholesale Grocers' Association, and was named Vice Chairman of Walmart Corporation. The highlight of his career was the purchase of the Astros team in 1993, and as CEO, saw its success in 2005 to advance to the World series.

 

 

“The Astrodome, I can still remember, we came back from spring training and we got back at night and when the team bus pulled up to the Astrodome, they had the lights on inside and we were all practically breathless with anticipation.”
Larry Dierker

Houston Astros player Larry Dierker talks about his impressions of the city, his years with the Astros baseball team, and his career as a sports writer for the
Houston Chronicle.

 

 

“The day I walked on the field to coach baseball, I knew I was born to do it. And that is the first time I really knew that this was, really, I was very fortunate. I was picked for it.
This was what I really wanted to do.”
Wayne Graham


Wayne Graham is one of the most distinctive coaches in Baseball, and is credited with more than 1400 wins as a Collegiate Head Coach. He played 11 years as a professional with the PhiladelphiaPhillies and New York Mets, and was named Texas Minor League Player of the year in 1962. A Texan, he was born in Yoakum,
Texas in 1936.

 

 

 

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The Astrodome

 

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