About This File
Here is the 1971 Astros Home Uniform set. If you download this set, you will eventually notice that the orange looks redder than the orange caps and other orange items with the "rainbow" uniforms which were released by the Astros organization in 1975. A gentleman who lives near me and I've known since I was "knee-high to a grasshopper", was a local scout for the Astros from around the late 80's to somewhere in the 90's, I believe (I forget the exact year span...I haven't talked to Ed for awhile.). His name is Edward Edwards (no this isn't a typo). He knew Biggio and those who played with him. Anyhow, I had gotten an Astros cap from Mickey's Place and showed it to him. He said that from 1971-74 the orange was more of a reddish orange and darker than the caps during the "rainbow" era. I tried to demonstrate what Eddie was describing and I also used Bill Henderson's program "Game Worn MLB Jerseys Guide".
Also I tried to do my best at showing the Astros unique font of the period. The home number font was a 2 color (reddish orange on dark blue) varsity variation. The biggest difference is the number "4".
This is the last year with the Astros for Joe Morgan before joining the "Big Red Machine". The same goes for Jack Billingham and Cesar Geronimo. Their fire-balling starter Don Wilson relieved in the 1971 All Star Game for the last 2 innings of AL at-bats. His tally was no runs on no hits, struck out 2 and walked 1. I always kinda liked Don Wilson, but hit a sour note with me when he struck out one of my favorite Orioles Don Buford who was pinch-hitting for Mike Cuellar. Mickey Lolich would come in and pitch the last 2 innings for the AL and get the save. Don Wilson was 3rd in ERA in 1971 behind Tom Seaver and Dave Roberts of the Padres. He would have had a great career, but it was cut short in 1975 when he was found dead in his car in his closed garage. It was a shame.
I want to thank Stecropper again for all his tutoring and all the others who layed the groundwork for this site.
What's New in Version 1b See changelog
- 1. I made the orange uniform parts like the cap, helmet, stirrups, etc., with more reddish tint.