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Houston Astros: Deep in the Heart

Houston Astros: Deep in the Heart shares the stories of the plays and the players who have kept Houston returning to the diamond - from the sandlot days, through the birth of indoor baseball, to the state-of-the art experience at Minute Maid Park. By the time the Astros made it to the World Series, they had captured the heart of Houston.

This richly illustrated volume chronicles every aspect of the long road they took to face the White Sox in 2005 and provides insights on the legends - Bob Aspromonte, Jose Cruz, Larry Dierker, Nolan Ryan, Joe Niekro, the Killer Bees, and many more. Packed with pictures never released to the public, each chapter increases fans’ appreciation of this determined team. Memories and memorabilia from the team’s playoff appearances from 1997 to 2001, their close call in 2004, and their triumphant march from tombstones to champagne in 2005 bring back the heyday, reminding readers how important it is to stay in the game.

Enjoy the entire treasury of this must-have collectible and ideal gift for every Astros fan!

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Bright Sky Press (September 1, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 10 inches
Shipping Weight: 8 ounces

About the Authors:

Bill Brown marks his 27th season as the Astros’ primary play-by-play voice on television in 2013. With over 30 years’ experience broadcasting MLB games, Bill has received many honors and awards, including the Fred Hartman Award for Long and Meritorious Service and induction into the Houston Media Wall of Honor in September of 2011. He was inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.

Before joining the Astros, Bill worked as Senior Producer and anchor of the Financial News Network’s SCORE program, Sports Director of the Sports Time Cable Network and was the television voice of the Cincinnati Reds. A member of the Advisory Board at Houston Sight Into Sound, he has been a volunteer reader for 22 years. He is the co-author of My Baseball Journey, A Sportscaster’s Story with Tim Gregg. He lives in Houston with his wife, Dianne.

Mike Acosta, who researched and provided the images for Houston Astros: Deep in the Heart, joined the Astros in the 1990s as a broadcasting intern and worked his way into a job as Authentication Manager that the Astros created especially for him. Known for his in-depth knowledge of team history and memorabilia, Mike is a frequent source for reporters and writers wanting information about all things Astros—from uniforms to home run balls, stadium seats to logos. Mike shares his wisdom on Twitter @AstrosTalk. He lives in Houston, and he keeps a large personal collection of team memorabilia.