Houston Astros

From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection containing tens of thousands of artifacts, our curators have created each team’s Starting Nine by hand-picking nine must-see pieces for each of the 30 MLB teams. This limited-time list is the perfect introduction to the Museum for every Houston Astros fan.

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Nolan Ryan: Fifth No-Hitter Cap

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Six years after his fourth no-hitter, Astros hurler Nolan Ryan pitched his fifth no-no on September 26, 1981, breaking Sandy Koufax’s record. Wearing this cap, Ryan dominated the Dodgers that day with a steady diet of curve balls, admitting afterwards that he had little confidence in his fastball.

Nolan Ryan: Tequila Sunrise Jersey

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Of all the Astros’ uniforms, perhaps none is more iconic than the horizontal-striped jersey that Houston wore for a decade beginning in 1975. Nolan Ryan wore this jersey in 1983, when his 2.98 ERA and 183 strikeouts led Houston’s rotation. The eight-time All-Star led the league in strikeouts 11 times and ERA twice.

Astrodome Scoreboard Lights

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Nicknamed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” the Astrodome used these lights in its scoreboard. Also known as the Astrolite, the scoreboard was a four-story high extravaganza that featured rudimentary animations of shooting cowboys, snorting bulls, and exploding fireworks.

Chris Burke: Walk-Off Home Run Ball

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On Oct. 9, 2005, Houston’s Chris Burke smashed this ball to end the longest game in postseason history, an 18th-inning walk-off homer that also eliminated Atlanta from the 2005 NLDS. Amazingly, the fan who caught it had also caught teammate Lance Berkman’s grand slam earlier in the 7-6 victory.

JosÉ Altuve: Stolen Base Shoes

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Astros second baseman José Altuve stood tall in these shoes on June 29, 2014, after stealing two bases in each of four straight games. No one had posted so many consecutive multiple-steal games in 97 years. In addition, Altuve collected 225 hits that year, the first of four consecutive seasons with 200 or more safeties.

Astros 2017 World Series Ring

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Every element has a meaning in the 2017 Astros World Series ring. The iconic “H” is made of 11 gems, symbolic of the team’s 11 postseason wins. The 56 stones that encircle the “H” refer to the franchise’s age, and the 101 smaller stones represent the regular-season victories of the 2017 season.

Alex Bregman: 2017 World Series Glove

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Wearing this glove in the 2017 World Series, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman successfully handled 16 of his 17 chances, resulting in five putouts and 11 assists. In addition, his two homers and five RBI contributed significantly to Houston’s Series success.

Justin Verlander: Second No-Hitter Ball

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Astros ace Justin Verlander pitched this ball in his September 1, 2019, no-hitter against Toronto, when he struck out 14 and walked only one. It was the second time Verlander victimized the Blue Jays, having previously silenced their bats on May 7, 2011.

Astrodome Artificial Turf

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When the Monsanto Company was contracted to make artificial turf for the Astrodome, there was only enough turf in stock to cover the infield in time for Opening Day 1966. Over the next several months, more was manufactured and the outfield was covered during a July road trip.

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