Astros CAREavan, Job Fair, 89ers Outfielder in Hall of Fame

Astros CAREavan Visit a Success

The Houston Astros CAREavan visited Oklahoma City on Monday, part of an annual preseason tour for the club.

New Owner and Chairman Jim Crane, former pitcher, broadcaster and manager Larry Dierker and Hall of Fame broadcaster Milo Hamilton visited with fans and media throughout the day. Three current Astros players, infielder Jose Altuve, pitcher David Carpenter and outfielder J.D. Martinez also made the trip, signing autographs and posing for photographs.

The visit included five events: VIP Luncheon at RedHawks Field at Bricktown, trip to Mercy Health Center, trip to the Tinker Exchange on Tinker AFB, reception at RedHawks Field at Bricktown and an autograph signing at Academy Sports and Outdoors.

Here are some photo highlights of the Astros CAREavan visit on Monday, February 6:

Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane met with OKC media upon arrival to RedHawks Field at Bricktown. He also had great interest in the RedHawks' ticket sales efforts (which are going very well), chatting up young sales people when walking through the sales floor later in the day.

Jose Altuve did not play in OKC in 2011, but he was still a hit. Might be small in stature, but he has a big heart and can play.

RedHawks President and General Manager Michael Byrnes kicked off the festivities at the VIP Luncheon.

Astros party visiting with a family at Mercy Health Center, where they visited with the youngest of Astros fans.

Astros signing autographs at the Tinker Exchange on Tinker Air Force Base in Midwest City, Okla. A great group was lined up and waiting when the bus arrived.

Larry Dierker signing autographs at the RedHawks Invitation reception. He was spectacular with the media and the fans, with plenty of stories to go around.

David Carpenter did not allow any runs in his time with OKC in 2011. Technically neither did I, but for some reason that does not count in the records.

Martinez, Altuve, Carpenter, Dierker and Hamilton all pose prior to the autograph session at Academy Sports and Outdoors.

Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane visits with fans at Academy Sports and Outdoors. Remember, a scratch golfer is never far from the golf department (just left of this photo).

Monday was a great day, starting with the arrival at the ballpark around 11:00 a.m. and departure to the airport from Academy Sports at 8:15 p.m. Houston Astros and OKC RedHawks fans had great access to the new Astros ownership and Houston’s future stars.

RedHawks Job Fair

The RedHawks Job Fair started today, the first of four scheduled days available to apply for seasonal customer service positions at RedHawks Field at Bricktown.

The RedHawks are looking for highly motivated team players with strong customer service skills. Some of the available positions for the coming season include: servers, cooks, cashiers, stand managers, part-time catering managers, in-seat vendors, ushers, ticket takers, suite attendants and parking attendants, as well as retail and ticket office positions.

People who earn these positions are sometimes the first to make face-to-face contact with fans at RedHawks Field at Bricktown, making customer service skills invaluable.

If you did not make it today, the second day of the job fair is Saturday February 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The third and fourth days are next Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18.

Enter through the glass doors near the RedHawks Sport Shop on the Mickey Mantle Drive side of RedHawks Field at Bricktown. For more information, call (405) 218-1000 or email:

Staub Elected to Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

Earlier this week, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame announced the class of 2012, including former Oklahoma City 89ers outfielder Rusty Staub.

Staub played in 71 games during the 1964 season with Oklahoma City (then a Houston Colt 45s affiliate), belting 20 home runs in 226 at-bats with the 89ers. OKC finished with an 88-70 record in 1964, finishing third in the Eastern Division of the Pacific Coast League that season, 8.0 games behind first place Arkansas (95-61).

The Astros traded Staub, at that point a two-time All-Star, to the Montreal Expos in 1969 prior to the Expos inaugural season.

In three straight seasons with Montreal, he became the new franchise’s first true star. French-Canadian Montreal fans embraced Staub, giving him the nickname “Le Grand Orange,” for his red hair. Hair aside, the stats speak for themselves. In 1969, Staub batted .302 with 29 home runs and 79 RBI. In 1970, Staub batted .274 with 30 home runs with 94 RBI. In 1972, he batted .311 with 19 home runs and 97 RBI. He was an All-Star in all three of those seasons before a trade sent him to the New York Mets, where he would later become one of the greatest Mets players of all time.

Staub played parts of 23 Major League seasons (1963-1985) with the Houston Colt 45s/Astros, Montreal Expos, New York Mets, Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers, and was a six-time All-Star.

Rusty Staub is enshrined in the Oklahoma City 89ers Hall of Fame, and the plaques are located on the press suite level at RedHawks Field at Bricktown. He was inducted into the 89ers Hall of Fame in August of 1981.

The induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 23 at the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario. For more information on the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame visit

It will feel a bit like Canada over the weekend here in OKC. Dress warm and see you next week…


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