Remembering: Astros clinch division in one game playoff in 1980

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- It was 41 years ago on Oct. 6, 1980 that the Astros won the division in a one-game playoff with the LA Dodgers.

The Astros turned to Joe Niekro and the knuckleballer delivered by beating the Dodgers 7-1 and winning his 20th game of the year.

The game was shown here on ABC13. Here's a clip of the Astros partying in the clubhouse. The player with the fake nose and glasses is Joe Sambito.
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Astros party after clinching division in 1980

Meanwhile, the Houston Oilers dropped a game to the Seahawks. Running back legend Earl Campbell was stuffed by their defense.
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Earl Campbell talks about the Seattle defense

Completely unrelated, the entertainment that week on ABC13 was the Million Dollar Movie's "Horrible Monsters we've learned to love week".

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Monster week on Million Dollar Movie

ABC13 recently digitized our tape library covering the years from 1980 to 1996. If there's something you'd like to see, let us know.
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