A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from June 24, 2008
‘Stros (Houston Astros baseball team nickname)

The Houston Astros baseball team is often called the “‘Stros” (or “‘stros") for short. A popular cheer is simply “Go ‘Stros!” When the Boston Red Sox play the Houston Astros, the matchup is sometimes simply Sox-’Stros.


Wikipedia: Houston Astros
The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team based in Houston, Texas. The team is in the Central Division of the National League.

Franchise history
Beginnings: The 1960s
Houston Colt .45s Logo, 1962-1964
Subsequent to the Giants and Dodgers leaving for California, an abortive attempt was made to start a third major league. It was to be called the Continental League. Though the league never got off the ground, it nonetheless established the demand for major league baseball in other markets.

On October 17, 1960, Judge Roy Hofheinz and the existing Continental League ownership group from Houston was awarded a franchise in the ten-team National League The team was to be named the Houston Colt .45s. In addition to the Houston Colt .45s, the New York Mets would also join the NL in 1962, a year after the 1961 expansion of the American League, which resulted in new AL teams in Los Angeles (Los Angeles Angels) and Washington, D.C. (a new Washington Senators franchise to replace the team that had left D.C. to become the Minnesota Twins the same year).

The “Colts” began play on April 10 1962, defeating the Chicago Cubs 11-2, and for the next three years, the team would play in Colt Stadium.
(...)
New venue, new name
On April 9, 1965, the Houston Colt .45s became the Houston Astros and inaugurated indoor baseball in the Astrodome with a 2-1 exhibition win over the New York Yankees on April 9 in the Astrodome...rookie Joe Morgan sets club marks for at-bats, runs, hits and triples. 

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From: (Steve Schramm)
Date: Mon, 27-May-85 13:55:30 EDT
Local: Mon, May 27 1985 1:55 pm
Subject: and you thought you could get away with it…

the astros are fast and hence have good team speed which makes for exciting baseball.  in addition, they have consistently had great pitching (even away from the dome) and that includes starters
(nolan who?) and relievers (dave smith, 4-1, 1.69 era). the fact that you don’t know any of these guys doesn’t take away from the fact that jose cruz has been one of the best players in the majors over the past ten years, (currently .346, second in the league) or that denny walling (pay attention, there will be a brief quiz later) is presently seventh in the league at .327.  as a team, the ‘stros
are second in the league in hitting.

24 August 1986, Boston (MA) Globe:
Nolan Ryan is another ex-Met who now pitches for the ‘Stros.

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From: (Sydney R. Polk)
Date: 24 Mar 89 19:58:27 GMT
Local: Fri, Mar 24 1989 3:58 pm
Subject: Re: Dolphy Recommendations?

GO ‘STROS!
GO RICE! 

Google Books
Response Recordings:
An Answer Song Discography, 1950-1990

by B. Lee Cooper and Wayne S. Haney
Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press
1990
Pg. 152:
0545H
“Talkin’ Baseball—Baseball And The Stros (The Houston Astros)”
(Lifesong 45112)
Terry Cashman (1982)

KHOU.com
Houston honors Astros with food and drink
05:54 PM CDT on Thursday, October 13, 2005
By Amy Tortolani / 11 News
In Houston, it’s a “Go ‘Stros Kind of Day” and it’s being celebrated all over town.

Restaurant owner Mike Kahn believes in the saying “Everything is bigger in Texas”.

With that phrase in mind the deli owner says the only way to give praise to the Houston Astros is to have giant sandwiches named after favorite players.

20 October 2005, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, pg. D1:
At Last-Stros Astros

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Tuesday, June 24, 2008 • Permalink