Every time I think of Cruz I hear J. Fred Duckett yelling "Jose Cruuuuuuuuuuuz!"
Jose, aka 'Cheo' began his major league career with the Cardinals on 9/19/70 (the day after Jimi Hendrix left this world and five days before I entered it). In 1975 he began playing for Houston, and would do so until '87. He spent his last year playing with the Yankees.
I saw Cruz play one time back in '83; the next time I saw him on the field in Houston he was coaching first base.
*2x All-Star selection (1980, 1985) *2x Silver Slugger Award winner (1983, 1984) *ranked 2nd in most games played by an Astro (Biggio now holds this honor)
In 1992 Cruz's #25 was retired. In 2003 he was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame.
I sent these cards off 4/27/09 and received them back today. (I have an extra of the '81 Donruss that I would be willing to trade for an Astro that I do not have).