Today I want to take a look at an obscure Minor League baseball team from the 1970's, the Dubuque Packers. The Packers were a class A Midwest League team from Dubuque Iowa. What makes the Packers interesting to me is that in 1976, the team's Major League affiliate was none other than my favorite, the Houston Astros.
The team had been affiliated with several Major League teams over the years, but their affiliation with the Astros in 1975-76 led to the team adopting a very familiar look. If you look at these classic TCMA baseball cards, you can see that the Dubuque Packers adopted the rainbow design of their parent club.
The jerseys featured those familiar rainbow stripes of the Astros with the team name in varsity block lettering. The team's hats also had a familiar look, with the Astros star and a D. I have searched far and wide to find some color pictures of this uniform set from 1976 and have not been successful. I would really like to see what colors the team used to recreate this classic Astros look.
The Dubuque Packers team of 1976 featured a few players who made it to the majors and donned the famous rainbow uniforms for the Astros. Among them were Bruce Bochy, Alan Knicely and Joe Pittman.
So there you have it, another baseball team that dared to wear the rainbow stripes in the 1970's in tribute to their Major League Baseball partners, the Houston Astros.