Earthmen and Spacettes at the Ballpark


Our countdown to the moon landing anniversary continues with this photo of the Houston Astros grounds crew (circa 1965), which was tweeted out a few years ago by @AstrosDaily:

The photo reminds us the links between the Houston Astros and the space program and how sport and community are closely intertwined. The Astros and their former stadium, the Astrodome, were named in honor of NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, which had opened its doors in Houston in 1963 (it was renamed Johnson Space Center in 1973). At the Astrodome, Earthmen tended to the astroturf, Spacettes helped you find your seats, and the Astros played baseball.

Check out more cool pics from the Houston Chronicle, Houston History Magazine, Uni Watch, and Getty Images.

~ baseballrebecca

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The Houston Astrodome in 1965 looking a little extraterrestrial (photo courtesy of Wikipedia).