The 82 Players  

In the 3 seasons, 82 players made it into a regular season game for the Houston Colt .45s.  See the Population for a summary of the players' cards by Topps, Fleer, and all the other publishers.

Only one player, Don Bradey, had no major league baseball card of any type.  Read on to see how he and I changed that.

15 others that have no Colt .45s baseball card, either standard or future commemorative.  Read on to see that 9 have later cards that show their Colt .45s seasons on the back.  That leaves 6 without a card mentioning their Colt .45s connection--but recognizing their major league experience.

Here's my set of my favorite (or the only) card for each of the 82 players. 

The 82

1. Dave Adlesh--He has no 1962-63 Colt .45s card, nor a future Colt .45s commemorative card.   His last major league card showing his Colt .45s appearances in 1963-64: Topps 1968 #576.

2. Joe Amalfitano--His only Colt .45s card is the 1962 Topps #456.  He has a future commemorative card: 1989 Texas Forest Service #15.  In 1963, Fleer published Amalfitano's Giant's card #36 with him in his Colt .45s uniform. 

 

3. John Anderson--He has no Colt .45s card.  His Topps 1962 #266 St. Louis card was his last major league card.

4. Bob Aspromonte--He has cards for all 3 seasons: 1962 Topps #248, 1963 Topps #45, 1963 Fleer #37, 1964 Topps Stand Up #5, 1964 Topps #467.  He has future commemorative cards: 1978 TCMA #3 and 1989 Texas Forest Service #16.

 

5. John Bateman--He has 2 cards: his 1963 Topps #386 rookie card and 1964 Topps #142. 

6. Jim Beauchamp--He has 1 card: Topps 1964 Rookie Card #492.

 7. Walt Bond--He has 2 Colt .45s cards in the Complete Collection: 1964 Topps #339 and 1965 Topps #109 Astros card with Bond wearing his Colt .45s cap.

8. Don Bradey--He is the only Colt .45s player with no major league baseball card of any type.  In fact, the Houston Astros didn't have a photo of him.   

I spoke with Don, got a couple of photos from 1964, and produced this card.  Now the Astros have Don's photo on www.AstrosDaily.com.  I now have a complete set of cards for every one of the 82 Houston Colt .45s players!

 

 9. Hal Brown--His only Colt .45s card is the 1964 Topps #56.

 10. Pidge Browne--His only major league card is this future commemorative card: One-Year Winner card by Fritsch.

  

 11. Bob Bruce--He has cards for all 3 years: 1962 Topps #419, 1963 Topps #24, 1964 Topps #282.  He has a future commemorative card: 1989 Texas Forest Service #1.

 

12. George Brunet--His only Colt .45s card is 1963 Topps #538.

13. Don Buddin--He has a 1962 Topps #332 and a future commemorative 1989 Texas Forest Service #19.

14. Jim Busby--He has no Colt .45s Card.  His last major league baseball card is 1960 Topps #232, Boston Red Sox.

15. Jim Campbell--He has a 1963 Topps #373 and a future commemorative 1989 Texas Forest Service #13.

 

16. Randy Cardinal--He has 1 card in the Colt .45s Complete Collection: 1963 Topps #562 Rookie Stars.  He has a future commemorative card: 2003 Jewish Major Leaguers #91.

17. Bob Cerv--He has no Colt .45s card.  His last major league card is 1962 Topps #169, New York Yankees.

18. Al Cicotte--His only Colt .45s card is 1962 Topps #126 both blue & green tints.  He has a future commemorative card 1989 Texas Forest Service #2.

 

19.  Danny Coombs--He has no Colt .45s card.  His final Houston franchise card is 1969 Topps #389, Astros.  His last major league card is 1971 Topps #126, San Diego.

20.  Jay Dahl--His only card is future commemorative 1983 One-Year Winner #117. 

 

 
 

21.  Brock Davis--His only Colt .45s card is 1963 Topps #553 Rookie Stars.

22.  Ron Davis--He has no Colt .45s card.  His final Houston franchise card is 1968 Topps #21, Astros.  His last major league card is 1969 Topps #553, Pirates.

23.  Jim Dickson--He has no Colt .45s card.  His last major league card is 1966 Topps #201, San Diego.

 

24.  Larry Dierker--He has no Colt .45s card.  His final Houston franchise card is 1977 Topps #350, Astros.  His last major league card is 1978 Topps #195, Cardinals.

 

25.  Dick Drott--His only .45s card is the 1963 Houston Colt .45s team card.

26.  Dick Farrell--He has cards for all 3 seasons: 1962 Topps #304, 1963 Topps #277, 1963, Topps #9 Strikeout Leaders, 1963 Fleer #38, 1964 Topps #560, 1964 Topps Stand Up #24, and 1964 Topps oversized #22.  He also has a 1965 card with his Colt .45s cap Topps #80.  He has future commemorative cards: 1978 TCMA #202 and 256; 1989 Texas Forest Service #8, and 1985 Mother's Cookies #1.

27.  Ernie Fazio--His only Colt .45s card is a future commemorative 1978 Texas Forest Service #0215.

28.  Nellie Fox--His only Colt .45s card is 1964 Topps #205.  He also has a 1964 Topps oversize card #13.


 

29.  Joe Gaines--He has no Colt .45s card.  His last major league card is 1966 Topps #122, Astros.

 

30.  Dick Gernert--His only Colt .45s card is 1962 Topps #536.  He also has a future commemorative 1989 Texas Forest Service #18.

31.  Dave Giusti--He has Colt .45s cards for all 3 seasons: 1962 Topps #509, 1963 Topps #189, 1964 Topps #354.  He has a future commemorative card 1989 Texas Forest Service #3.

32.  Jim Golden--He has Colt .45s cards for the first 2 seasons: 1962 Topps # 568, 1963 Topps #297.  He has a future commemorative card 1989 Texas Forest Service #4.


 

33.  Billy Goodman--He has no Colt .45s card.  His last major league card is 1961 Topps #247, White Sox.

 

34.  Howie Goss--He has no Colt .45s card.  His last major league card is 1963 Topps #364, Pittsburgh.

35.  Jerry Grote--He has 1 card in 1964 Topps #226.

36.  Carroll Hardy--His only Colt .45s card is 1963 Topps #468.

37.  J.C. Hartman--His only Colt .45s card is 1963 Topps #442.

38.  Al Heist--He has a 1962 Topps #373 and a future commemorative 1989 Texas Forest Service #24.


 

39.  Steve Hertz--His only Colt .45s card is 1964 Topps #544.  He also has a future commemorative card 2003 Jewish Major Leaguers #94.


 

40.  Joe Hoerner--His only Colt .45s card is 1964 Topps #544.


 

41.  John Hoffman--He has no Colt .45s card.  His future commemorative card is 1979 One-Year Winner #33.

42.  Sonny Jackson--His only Colt .45s card is his rookie card 1965 Topps #16.  His brief appearances as a Colt .45 didn't produce a card in '63 or '64.  His rookie card was issued in '65, but featured him in his .45s cap.

43.  Ken Johnson--He has cards in the Complete Collection for all 3 years: 1962 Topps #278, 1963 Topps #352, 1964 Topps #158, 1964 Topps Stand Up #37.  He has a 1964 Topps #2 oversize.  He has future commemorative cards: 1978 TCMA #232, 1989 Texas Forest Service #5.

44.  Gordon Jones--He has no Colt .45s card.  His last major league card is 1961 Topps #442, Baltimore.

 

45.  Eddie Kasko--He has no Colt .45s card.  He has a future commemorative card: 1989 TCMA #0249.

46.  Russ Kemmerer--His only Colt .45s card is 1963 Topps #338.

47.  Norm Larker--His only Colt .45s card is 1962 Topps # 23.  He has a future commemorative 1989 Texas Forest Service #14.

48.  Don Larsen--He has no Colt .45s card.  He has a future commemorative card: 1989 TCMA #0266.

 

49.  Bob Lillis--He has Colt .45s cards from the Complete Collection for all 3 years: 1962 Topps #74, 1963 Topps #119, 1964 Topps #321.  He has future commemorative cards: 1978 TCMA #42, 1989 Texas Forest Service #17.

50.  Don McMahon--His only Colt .45s card is 1963 Topps #395.  His 1962 Topps #483 Milwaukee Braves card shows him in his Colt .45s uniform.

51.  Roman Mejias--His only Colt .45s card is 1962 Topps #354. 

52.  Joe Morgan--His only Colt .45s card is his rookie card 1965 Topps #16. His brief appearances as a Colt .45 didn't produce a card in '63 or '64.  His rookie card was issued in '65, but featured him in his .45s cap.

53.  Ivan Murrell--He has no Colt .45s card.  His only Houston franchise card is 1968 Topps Rookie #569.  His last major league card is 1974 Topps # 628, San Diego.

 

54.  Don Nottebart--He has cards from the Complete Collection from 2 years: 1963 Topps #204, 1964 Topps #434.  He has a future commemoratative card 1978 TCMA #72.



55. Jim Owens--His only Colt .45s card is 1964 Topps #241.

56.  John Paciorek--He is the quintessential "career game" player.  His only card is this 1983 One-Year Winner #95 card by Fritsch.

   

 

57.  Jim Pendleton--His only Colt .45s card is 1962 Topps #432.  He has a future commemorative 1989 Texas Forest Service card #25.

  

58.  Aaron Pointer--He has no Colt .45s card.  His only major league card is 1967 Topps #564 rookies card, Astros.

 

59.  Merritt Ranew--He has only 1 Colt .45s card 1962 Topps #156 in both blue and green tints.  He also has a future commemorative card 1989 Texas Forest Service #11.

  

60.  Claude Raymond--He has only 1 Colt .45s card in the Complete Collection: 1964 Topps #339.  He has a future commemorative card 1978 TCMA #46.  He also has a 1965 Topps #48 Astros card wearing his Colt .45s cap.

61.  Dave L. Roberts--His 1 Colt .45s card is 1963 Topps #158.  He also has a future commemorative 1986 TCMA.

62.  Pete Runnels--He has 2 cards in the Complete Collection: 1963 Topps #230, 1964 Topps #121.

63.  Bobby Shantz--He has only 1 Colt .45s card in the Complete Collection 1962 Topps #177 in both blue and green tints.  He also has a future commemorative card 1989 Texas Forest Service #7.

64.  Hal Smith--He has cards for 2 years in the Complete Collection: 1962 Topps #492, 1963 Topps #153.  He has a future commemorative card 1989 Texas Forest Service #12.

65.  Al Spangler--He has cards for all 3 seasons: 1962 Topps #556, 1963 Topps #77, 1963 Fleer #39, 1964 Topps #406.  He has future commemorative cards: 1978 TCMA #166 and #171; and 1989 Texas Forest Service #23.



66.  Rusty Staub--He has only 1 Colt .45s card: 1964 Topps #109.

67.  Dean Stone--He has only 1 Colt .45s card: 1962 Topps #574.



68.  Don Taussig----He has only 1 Colt .45s card: 1962 Topps #44.  He has 2 future commemorative cards: 1989 Texas Forest Service #22, 2003 Jewish Major Leaguers #89.

69.  Johnny Temple--His only Colt .45s card is 1963 Topps #576.


 

70.  Bobby Tiefenauer--His only Colt .45s card is 1962 Topps #227.

71.  Jim Umbricht--He has 2 cards in the Complete Collection: 1963 Topps # 99, 1964 Topps # 389.  He has a future commemorative card 1989 Texas Forest Service #9.



72.  Glenn Vaughan--He has no Colt .45s card.  He has a future commemorative card: 1979 Fritsch One-Year Winner #45.

73.  Carl Warwick--He has 2 cards in the Complete Collection: 1963 Topps #333, 1964 Topps #179.

74.  Johnny Weekly--He has 2 cards in the Complete Collection: 1962 Topps #204, 1964 Topps #256.  He also has a future commemorative card 1989 Texas Forest Service #26.



75.  Mike White--He has 2 cards in the Colt .45s Complete Collection: 1964 Topps #492 and 1965 Topps #31 with White in his Colt .45s cap.  He has a future commemorative card 1978 TCMA #0155.

76.  George Williams--His only Colt .45s card is 1963 Topps #324.

77.  Walt Williams--He had no card as a Colt .45, but this one shows why John Bateman nicknamed him "No Neck," 1969 Topps #309.  His last major league card is 1976 Topps # 123.

 

78.  George Witt--His only Colt .45s card is Houston's 1963 team card.

79.  Hal Woodeshick--He has cards in the Complete Collection for all 3 years: 1962 Topps #526, 1963 Topps #517, 1964 Topps #370, 1964 Topps Stand Up #76.  He has future commemorative cards: 1978 TCMA #123, 1985 Mother's Cookies #2, 1989 Texas Forest Service #10.



80.  Jim Wynn--His only Colt .45s card is 1964 Topps #38.  He also has a future commemorative 1986 TCMA All-Time Astros #5 with a Colt .45s cap.



81.  Larry Yellen--His only Colt .45s card is 1964 Topps #224.  He also has future commemorative 2003 Jewish Major Leaguers #93.

 

82.  Chris Zachary--His only Colt .45s card is 1964 Topps #23.