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Turk Farrell: Houston’s First All-Star

With a new Major League Baseball season just days away, now is a fitting time to tell the story of a mostly forgotten figure from Houston’s early baseball history. Richard “Turk” Farrell holds several distinctions that should be interesting to Houston baseball fans. He was the first All-Star the Colt .45s ever had. And he […]

Turk Farrell BannerTurk Farrell Baseball Card2With a new Major League Baseball season just days away, now is a fitting time to tell the story of a mostly forgotten figure from Houston’s early baseball history.

Richard “Turk” Farrell holds several distinctions that should be interesting to Houston baseball fans. He was the first All-Star the Colt .45s ever had. And he gave up the first-ever home run hit in the Astrodome (to Mickey Mantle in an exhibition game). And, overall, he was a quality, workhorse starting pitcher for the franchise for several years as one of the stars of the early days of Houston Major League Baseball. And, apparently he was quite a character.

Michael Hagerty talks with baseball historian Ron Briley about who Turk Farrell was and how he’s remembered (or not) in the city where he spent most of his career and where he and his family would call home.

Briley grew up in the Texas Panhandle and is a long-suffering Astros fan. He wrote about Turk Farrell in an article for the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR).

MORE:
Dick “Turk” Farrell: Houston’s First All-Star (SABR, 2014)
Turk Farrell’s Career Stats (Baseball Reference)
Video: The First Home Run Hit in the Astrodome (YouTube)

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