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Houston Astros: The Early Years

Test your baseball knowledge of the Houston Astros: The Early Years.  Get up to bat in this FUN Baseball Trivia quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Trivia powered by ABE1) From 1962 to 1964, the Houston Astros were known as the Texas Continentals.

  • True or False?

2) Who was the San Francisco Giants infielder, who was picked #1 over-all and #1 Houston pick in the 1961 MLB Expansion Draft?

  • Félix Mantilla
  • George Williams
  • Joe Amalfitano
  • Eddie Bressoud

3) Houston started their inaugural season on April 10, 1962, against the Chicago Cubs.

  • True or False?

4) Who was Houston’s first manager?

  • Wayne Newton
  • Harry Craft
  • Harry Carey
  • Joe Morgan

5) A starter for the Colt .45s, he was primarily a relief pitcher prior to playing for Houston. He was selected to both All-Star Games in 1962. Who is the pitcher?

  • Bobby Fuller
  • Rod “Hotrod” Hunley
  • Richard "Turk" Farrell
  • Hank “The General” Reynolds

6) Román Mejías, was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the expansion draft, was named Houston’s starting right fielder.  It was in Houston that he would play the best season of his career.  Although an injury slowed him in the second half of the season, Mejías finished with a .286 batting average, 24 home runs, and 76 RBIs.  His modesty and his hard play made him a fan favorite that year. Despite his good year Mejías was traded the in the fall of 1962.  Who was hw traded too?

  • Boston Red Sox
  • New York Yankees
  • Chicago Cubs
  • LA Dodgers

7) They made their major league debuts in the 1963 season for Houston.  Who did NOT make their debut in 1963 with Houston?

  • Jimmy Wynn
  • Rusty Staub
  • Joe Morgan
  • Pete Rose

8) The 1964 campaign began on a sad note. Pitcher Jim Umbricht died of cancer at the age of 33 just before Opening Day. Umbricht was the only Houston pitcher to post a winning record in Houston's first two seasons. He was so well-liked by players and fans that the team retired his jersey number, 32, in 1965.

  • True or False?

9) Who opens the 1964 season at second base and bats .265 for the season?

  • Dave Roberts
  • Pete Runnels
  • Bob Lillis
  • Nellie Fox

10) In 1963, who is the broadcaster that made his major league debut with Houston, replacing Al Helfer and working alongside Gene Elston and Loel Passe.

  • Keith Oberman
  • Harry Kalas
  • Richie Ashburn
  • Bruce Baker

Check Your Answers


Houston Astros: The Early Years [Answers]

  1. False. From 1962 to 1964, the Houston Astros were known as the Houston Colt .45s.
  2. Eddie Bressoud
  3. True
  4. Harry Craft
  5. Richard "Turk" Farrell
  6. Boston Red Sox
  7. Pete Rose
  8. True
  9. Nellie Fox
  10. Harry Kalas

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