Cover Capsule: 1960s Houston Astros

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If there is one city that produced one great sports publication cover after another throughout the 1960s, it’s Houston, Texas. From the pros to college, Space City boasts a treasure trove of illustrated programs, yearbook, and media guides.

But today I want to hone in one one franchise and one time period — the Houston Astros of the mid-1960s. Starting with their first year of existence (1962), the then-Colt .45s rolled out a series of fun, visually striking covers. This run peaked with the 1968 Astros, although even the post-’68 period has a lot of gems. Each of these covers has fun with National League opponents like the Reds, Pirates, Giants, and Mets, and many of them probably could not be produced now.

All of the covers in this gallery, which covers the years 1966-68, and more are on the Houston Astros page. Let’s skewer some mascots (and drop some LSD)!

(click on any thumbnail for the full-size image)