Houston Matters

Home Runs And Bad Puns: The Life of An Astros Cameraman

Joe Brueggeman talks about his 35 years of operating cameras at Astros games.

Joe Brueggeman at Bat
Longtime Astros cameraman Joe Brueggeman poses with his World Series ring and the bat he received for 35 years of service with the team.

Since 1984, Houston native Joe Brueggeman has had a side gig operating cameras during Astros games — first at the Astrodome and later at Minute Maid Park.

Brueggeman is an award-winning photographer and editor for Houston Public Media, and the Astros organization recently recognized him for his 35 years of service with the team.

In the audio above, he tells us about his job with the Astros, the time he nearly got nailed by a foul ball, and about his love of making puns over the headsets the camera crew uses to communicate during games.