Monday, September 16, 2019

Prime 9 - Houston Astros

The 18th installment in the "Prime 9" series - spotlighting the 9 best players per team from the 1966-70 time period.

For the series backstory and team rankings, click here.

The Astros won 373 games between 1966 and 1970 - last among National League teams.

Surprisingly, they finished in 8th place, ahead of the Cubs in their inaugural 1962 season. (Apparently starting a trend of an expansion team finishing ahead of a team from Chicago!)

In their first 7 seasons, they finished either 8th, 9th, or 10th. Unlike their expansion partner New York Mets, they continued their losing ways in 1969 and beyond. Not until 1979 would they finish higher than 3rd (of 6).


Old Cards said...

Always liked Houston and with this lineup, not sure why they didn't do better. Actually wished they had kept their original name. Colt .45's is such a great name and those caps with the .45's logo, so nice looking!

Jim from Downingtown said...

I agree with you about the caps.