Special-edition Hooks caps up for auction

May 30, 2008 1:47:26 PM PDT
Special-edition Hooks caps with the CV-16 insignia, which were worn by all members of the team on May 26, will be up for auction until Sunday at 6pm.Each player and field staff member personally autographed his cap before going to auction. A portion of the proceeds will go to the USS Lexington Museum On The Bay.

Included in the inventory are caps worn by Astros prospects like Tommy Manzella, Brad James, Chris Johnson, Sergio Perez, Eli Iorg and Lou Santangelo.

The Lex, a World War II-vintage aircraft carrier, is moored in Corpus Christi Bay just across the Harbor Bridge from Whataburger Field. Commissioned in 1943, the ship served the United States longer and set more records than any other carrier in the history of naval aviation. The ship was the oldest working carrier in the United State Navy when decommissioned in 1991. During World War II, the carrier participated in nearly every major operation in the Pacific Theater and spent a total of 21 months in combat.

The Lex's planes destroyed 372 enemy aircraft in the air and 475 more on the ground. The ship sank or destroyed 300,000 tons of enemy cargo and damaged an additional 600,000 tons. The ship's guns shot down 15 planes and assisted in downing five more. The Japanese reported Lexington sunk no less than four times, but on each occasion the Lex returned to fight again. This led to Tokyo Rose nicknaming the ship "The Blue Ghost."

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