When Len Dykstra of the Mets unleashed that lethal home run in Shea Stadium Saturday night, it might have come as a shock to the Houston Astrosbut surely not to their fans. For 25 years, this franchise has operated under extenuating, often tragic, conditions. A National League West title this season was but a needle of success midst a haystack of adversity.
It would be called the Eighth Wonder of the World, because it would be the first indoor, air-conditioned baseball stadium. According to the statisticians, the Colts may never have had a winning season; but in the hearts of their loyal fans, the Colt. E-mail me with your comments or suggestions!
He threw and batted right-handed. Before the season, Farrell was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies as an amateur free agent. There, over a two-year span —54he would build a Win-Loss record of 18—18, with a 3.
Famous for its humidity, Houston unveiled a revolutionary, futuristic, and air-conditioned sports refuge with the Harris County Domed Stadium, also known as the Astrodome. Introduced as the Colt. The Buffaloes, in fact, needed to be expunged from Houston so that a major league team could enter the market. On Jan.
Richard Joseph Farrell, born in Boston on April 8,was the older of two children of Tom and Mary Farrell a sister, Donna, arrived 11 years later. His father, a grave keeper at Holyhood Cemetery in nearby Brookline, was an accomplished amateur athlete of sizable proportions that earned him the nickname Big Turk. At a robust 6-feet-4 and pounds, Dick could hardly be called Little Turk, and became simply Turk.
Oh, What a Relief: Hal Woodeshick. He played for seven different teams in his year major league career, and spent nine years in the minor leagues with 11 different teams … with years in the Army. Hal Woodeshick definitely had to earn his way to a big league career.
In real life, they called themselves the Dalton Gang. Another fantasia adventure with former Colt. By that time, Turk was retired from baseball, but he was a great social companion that only moment I ever spent any personal time with him.
According to history books, the outlaw Dalton Gang terrorized the old west for several years in the s. Baseball had its own version of the Dalton Gang in the s and early s and—at least according to the oral legend passed down in dugouts, clubhouses and team buses—they were only slightly less terrorizing in their assault on bartenders, waitresses, maids, hotel rooms and team rules. Others, such as Seth Morehead and Don Cardwell, occasionally rode with the gang as well. The Daltons were all pitchers, big and rough, and most of them had talent; enough talent to keep them on a major league roster while they were driving management crazy.
This article was published in the The National Pastime. In the expansion draft to fill the rosters of the new clubs in New York and Houston, the Mets elected to go with veterans, while Houston built on youth. Blessed with an outstanding fastball, Farrell also enjoyed a reputation for being somewhat of a character and loving the party life.