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MORGAN TO BE INDUCTED INTO WALK OF FAME; ASTROS TO WEAR POPULAR RAINBOW JERSEYS

WALK OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

WHO:
Former Colt .45s/Astros All-Star Joe Morgan

WHEN:
3:00 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2012

WHERE:
Texas Ave. sidewalk outside Minute Maid Park

WHAT:
On Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., former Colt .45s/Astros All-Star second baseman Joe Morgan will be officially inducted into the Astros Walk of Fame, which is located outside of Minute Maid Park on the Texas Ave. sidewalk. Morgan played parts of his first nine Major League seasons with the Colt .45s (1963-64) and Astros (1965-71) in what would ultimately be a Hall of Fame career lasting from 1963-84. He was the Sporting News Rookie of the Year in 1965 and was a two-time All-Star while with Houston (1966, 1970), holding the distinction of being the first position player All-Star in franchise history in 1966. As a member of the Cincinnati Reds, whom he played for from 1972-79, Morgan was a two-time NL MVP (1975-76) and played in four World Series and eight All-Star Games. Morgan would return to Houston in 1980 and was a member of that N.L. Western Division Championship club, which was the first playoff team in franchise history. He also won five Gold Gloves in his career and played in the 1983 World Series as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. Upon his retirement, Morgan’s 268 career home runs were a Major League record for second basemen.

Walk of Fame: The Astros began the Walk of Fame in 2012 as part of the celebration of the club’s
50th anniversary, which is presented by The Methodist Hospital System. New members are being inducted throughout the season.

Autograph Session: Joe Morgan is scheduled to sign autographs on the main concourse from 6:00-6:30 p.m. prior to Friday night’s game.
A limited amount of autograph vouchers ($25) are currently available for purchase at www.astros.com/flashback.
Proceeds will benefit the Astros in Action Foundation. One voucher per customer will be allowed.
One voucher is good for one autograph.

“FLASHBACK FRIDAY” FEATURES RAINBOW UNIFORMS, BIGGIO BOBBLE HEAD

For the second time this season, the Astros players will wear the popular rainbow uniforms of the 1970s for Friday night’s 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Cleveland Indians as part of the “Flashback Fridays” promotion recognizing the club’s 50th anniversary. Additionally, 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Craig Biggio bobble head commemorating his historic 3,000th hit.

-Astros-

CONTACT:
Astros Media Relations
713-259-8900

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