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From Buff Stadium to The World Series: A Look Back at Houston’s Baseball History

Houston Matters looks back at the history of baseball in the Bayou City with the help of historian Mike Vance.


Colt Stadium, the home of Houston's first Major League team, the Colt .45's.


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The Astros return host Game 3 of the American League Championship Series today with the series tied 1-1. As the Astros strive to defend their first-ever championship, you could argue that we're currently living in the golden age of Houston baseball. And while this is a great time to be a baseball fan in this city, Houston has had a rich history with the game, as we discussed earlier this year with Houston historian Mike Vance.

He's written two books on the early days of Houston baseball – Houston Baseball: The Early Years 1861-1961 and Houston's Sporting Life: 1900-1950.

In the audio above, we revisit our conversation with him from July of 2018 about the Buffaloes, the Colt .45s, and the city’s love of Dizzy Dean.