Astros in the Sky
The Deadball Era
Baseball Hall of Fame
Born: Dec 25, 1927
An eleven-time All-Star, 1959 American League MVP, and the heart and soul of the 1959 "Go Go" Chicago White Sox World Series team, future Hall-of-Famer Jacob Nelson "Nellie" Fox's best years were behind him when he was traded to the fledgling Houston Colt .45s for the 1964 season.
In Houston, Fox hit .265 in 133 games as a Colt .45 then served as a player/coach in 1965 while mentoring future Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan to take over the second base job. Nellie stroked the game-winning hit in the 12-inning exhibition that opened the Astrodome on April 9, 1965.
Fox was always seen with a chaw of tobacco in his mouth. Sadly, he passed away from cancer in 1975 and was posthumously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1997.