Friday, August 7, 2009

Jose Cruz, Sr., "Cheo"

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).


  1. I'm always interested in some signed '81 Donruss. Who do you need?

  2. I need any Astro I don't already have. I'll send you a list of what I have and you can scratch those off of any list you might send.