Waco-based fans of the Houston Astros soon won’t have to travel three hours to relive the team’s run to a World Series championship.
Beginning in February, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame will open a special exhibit featuring authentic game-used memorabilia from the Astros’ run to the state’s first World Series crown. Hall of Fame vice president of operations Jay Black said the Astros will loan the items to the museum for the exhibit, which will open to the public sometime in February and will be up for a year.
“There will be equipment used in the World Series and in the playoffs, memorabilia, all of it completely authentic,” Black said.
Mike Acosta, the Astros’ manager of authentication, is the primary preserver of the team’s memorabilia and history. He attended all the team’s playoff games, compiling a collection of game-used uniforms, bats, balls and other items.
“He’s the only guy who has a better job than I have,” Black said. “And I don’t say that very much. Mike really knows his stuff. It’s pretty fascinating. He’ll be in the dugout and George Springer might hit a home run, and then he’ll track down that ball and put a hologram in it to authenticate it.”
The Astros won 101 games in the regular season and their first American League West title. In the postseason, they dispatched three of Major League Baseball’s most storied franchises in raising the World Series flag. Houston dispatched the Boston Red Sox in four games in the ALDS, outlasted the New York Yankees in a seven-game ALCS battle, then vanquished the Los Angeles Dodgers in a riveting seven-game World Series drama.
It gave the team its first World Series championship in the franchise’s 56-year history.
Acosta, who has also co-written a book the Astros’ history, is planning to attend the dedication of the Hall of Fame exhibit in February. Black said he believes it should be a great draw for local baseball fans.
“If you love the Astros or even baseball, it’ll be worth checking out,” he said.