Today I wanted to share with you some truly great Astros memorabilia I picked up on Ebay last week. These items were given away at Astros home games this season to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the new ballpark. They are small replicas of the hats that the Astros have worn over their history. As you know, I love these classic h-star caps and was happy to grab these up.
One of the replicas is the navy cap that the team wore on two different occasions in their history. The Astros adopted this as their cap after changing their name from the Colt 45's in 1965. The team wore this cap until 1970. The cap returned to the field again in 1980 and was used until 1993.
These classic hat replicas come packaged in a box with imagery of the uniforms the team wore, the logos the team used and some background information on the period of time that the hat was used. The box for the navy hat includes an image of Larry Dierker wearing the original navy cap and images of Mike Scott and Craig Biggio using the cap with the redesigned rainbow uniforms of the 1980's and 90's.
The second replica I picked up was the team's famous orange h-star cap. The Astros wore this cap from 1971-1982, mostly during the rainbow uniform era. The hat was originally paired with the Astros early uniforms in 1971, but is mostly associated with the outlandish rainbow look that the team adopted a few years later.
The packaging for the orange replica hat features images of three classic Astros players, Cesar Cedeno, J.R. Richard, and Joe Niekro proudly displaying the classic rainbow striped uniform set. The box also contains some interesting history about this era in Astros uniform history.
The Astros will also give away a replica version of the team's current hat and the gold and navy cap they wore prior to the current look this season.
These classic stadium giveaways definitely help to satisfy my need to remember my favorite baseball caps of all-time.