Legends Weekend and Craig Biggio Hall of Fame Celebration highlight upcoming homestand

This upcoming homestand will feature two very special events for Houston fans, as the Astros commemorate the 2005 National League Championship team with Legends Weekend presented by Houston Methodist, August 14-15, and Craig Biggio's Hall of Fame induction celebration on August 22.

As the first-place Astros host the Detroit Tigers for a three-game set, Aug. 14-16, several events celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Astros 2005 NLCS victory will take place throughout the ballpark. Following that series, Houston will take on the Tampa Bay Rays for four games, starting Aug. 17 through Aug. 20. During the series, Astros fans can receive up to two complimentary children's tickets (ages 14 and under) with the purchase of an adult View Deck ticket as part of the Kids FREE Back to School ticket special. The Astros will finish out the homestand with three games of Interleague play against the NL West-leading LA Dodgers from Aug. 21 through Aug. 23. Prior to the Saturday game of that series, Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio will address the Houston crowd in a special on-field pregame ceremony celebrating his Hall of Fame induction and historic career with the Houston Astros. The Astros have been nearly unbeatable at Minute Maid Park, going 38-18 at home this season, which ranks second in the AL.

The "Season of the #Whiff" campaign, in partnership with the Astros, MLB and Head & Shoulders, continues to raise money for local RBI programs through Twitter. The team with the most #Whiff tweets, including retweets, will earn a donation for their location RBI league, and the top monthly winner will earn a $10,000 donation. Fans can participate and help raise money for the Astros RBI program by including #Whiff and @Astros in their tweets or retweets, with a 27 tweet limit per day per Twitter handle. The Astros placed third in July and have raised $22,000 for Astros RBI to date.

Friday, August 14 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Detroit
On Friday, August 14, 10,000 fans will receive a 2005 NLCS T-shirt giveaway, presented by Houston Methodist, to kick off Astros Legends Weekend.

Friday is also the next opportunity for Astros fans to see All-Star pitcher Dallas Keuchel start and experience Keuchel's Korner. The dedicated fan section will be located in sections 107, 108 and 109 for Friday's game and includes a signature Keuchel beard giveaway and an exclusive Keuchel's Korner #GoBeardOrGoHome T-shirt. For tickets and more information, please visit www.astros.com/keuchelskorner.

Big and Bright Friday Night returns with a postgame fireworks display, presented by Marathon Oil Corporation. This week's fireworks show will be a dedicated tribute to Queen.

Friday night is also Happy Hour at Minute Maid Park, featuring $5.25 specials at the Saint Arnold Bar in left field and Day Fresh Budweiser at the Budweiser Patio from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 15 - 6:10 p.m. vs. Detroit
Prior to Saturday's 6:10 p.m. contest vs. the Tigers, the Astros will be hosting several special Legends Weekend events.

Astros alumni and staff scheduled to appear throughout the weekend include Brandon Backe, Mark Bailey, Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio, Ryan Bowen, Rank Charles, Rocky Childress, Ron Cook, Jose Cruz, Glenn Davis, Larry Dierker, Travis Driskill, Morgan Ensberg, Adam Everett, Mike Gallo, Phil Garner, Charles Gipson, Jeff Heathcock, Mike Jackson, Charlton Jimerson, Bob Knepper, Mike Lamb, Jason Lane, Doug Mansolino, Tony McKnight, David Meads, Louie Meadows, James Mouton, Roy Oswalt, Ross Powell, J.R. Richard, Mark Saccomanno, Billy Smith, Russ Springer, Brent Strom, Strech Suba, Carl Warwick, Bob Watson, Jimmy Wynn, Eric Yelding and Gerald Young.

A 2005 Commemorative Tumbler giveaway, presented by Houston Methodist, will be available for 10,000 fans prior to the Astros 6:10 p.m. contest vs. the Detroit Tigers.

Because the Astros are expecting large crowds on Saturday, gates will be opening at 3:30 p.m. so fans can arrive early, enjoy Astros batting practice and pick up their 2005 Commemorative Tumbler giveaways. However, Union Station Lobby will open later, at approximately 4:30 p.m., due to Legends Weekend activities taking place in that area.

From 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., the Legends Luncheon will take place in Union Station Lobby. The sold-out event will feature a lunch and program celebrating the 10th anniversary of the National League Championship team, with Astros alumni and coaches including members of the 2005 NLCS roster in attendance. Media availability will be from 1:00-1:30 p.m. in Union Station Lobby upon conclusion of the luncheon.

Additionally, a special Legends Press Conference will take place from 3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in Union Station Lobby.

Following the press conference, members of the 2005 NLCS roster will be participating in an autograph session in Union Station Lobby from 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. This autograph session is available to those who claimed a free autograph voucher, which are no longer available due to high demand. One autographable item is allowed per alumnus, per voucher.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., a special pregame ceremony will take place on the field, featuring members of the 2005 NLCS roster and coaching staff as well as a commemorative video recapping the 2005 season. Manager of the 2005 team Phil Garner will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to current Astros manager A.J. Hinch.

Sunday, August 16 - 1:10 p.m. vs. Detroit
The Astros and AT&T are partnering to help families get back to school by hosting a food drive benefitting the Houston Food Bank's Backpack Buddies Program. Astros wives and girlfriends will be collecting nonperishable food items at Minute Maid Park on Sunday, August 16 prior to the Tigers vs. Astros game. Donations will be collected at the following gates until the end of the 1st inning: Atrium, Center Field, Right Field and Clock Tower. Fans can also drop off nonperishable food items at any of the 70 Greater Houston AT&T locations from Saturday, August 15 through Friday, August 21.

In remembrance of the 70th anniversary of World War II and in association with Honor Flight Houston, the Astros will host over 40 WWII veterans for a special on-field, pregame ceremony, and a WWII veteran will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. Honor Flight Houston is a non-profit organization, and a proud member of the Honor Flight Network, created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. Honor Flight Houston transports our heroes from Houston, Texas to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials, free of charge.

Additionally, Occidental Petroleum: Operation Military Appreciation will feature two WWII veterans, Homer Jones and Douglas Walker, who were both POWs during the War and members of the Army Air Corps.

The Houston Astros along with teams around Major League Baseball are joining forces with organizations that raise awareness and support for the fight against ALS, otherwise known as "Lou Gehrig's disease". The Astros will recognize two people currently battling Lou Gehrig's disease from ALS Association of Texas and Muscular Dystrophy Association in an on-field, pregame ceremony.

Bring the whole family out to Minute Maid Park this Sunday with a Kroger Family 4-Pack. The options include four tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas and a Lot C Parking Pass. This Sunday is also Kroger Family Sunday. Kids ages 5-14 can run the bases and Astros Buddies get front-of-the-line access. For Kroger Family 4-Pack or Kroger Family Sunday tickets, please visit www.astros.com/family or by calling 1-877-9ASTROS.

Monday, August 17 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay
Beginning on Monday, Aug. 17 and extending through Thursday, Aug. 20, the Kids FREE Back to School ticket special will be available to all Astros fans. Up to two complimentary children's tickets (ages 14 and under) will be available with the purchase of an adult View Deck ticket. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/kidsfree.

Tuesday, August 18 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay
The Astros will be celebrating the hard work and commitment of Houston's nurses and all healthcare professionals during Nurses Appreciation Night on Tuesday, Aug. 18 as the Astros take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a 7:10 p.m. contest. The special includes a specially-priced seat in Field Box IV and a Houston Astros Scrub Top for $35. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/nurses.

Catch the deal of the season with Double Play Tuesdays, presented by Coca-Cola. Participating fans receive two View Deck II tickets for only $22 or two Outfield Deck II tickets for only $5. Present two (2) labels from any Coca-Cola product containers at the Minute Maid Park Box Office to receive two (2) View Deck II tickets for $22 or two (2) Outfield Deck II seats for $5. Offer good at every Tuesday home game. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/value.

Wednesday, August 19 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay
Every Wednesday night home game is $1 Hot Dog Night, presented by Nolan Ryan Beef. Fans can purchase an unlimited number of Nolan Ryan Beef hot dogs at $1 each while supplies last (limit of four per person per concession visit).

Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro will be signing autographs and interacting with fans from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the 1110 Silber Road Whataburger location in Houston, TX on Wednesday, Aug. 19. He will be joined by Astros mascot Orbit and the Shooting Stars team. Player is subject to change, and due to time constraints, autographs are not guaranteed.

Thursday, August 20 - 7:10 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay
Every Thursday night home game is Budweiser Young Professionals Night at the ballpark. Connect with other young professionals from around Houston while enjoying an extended happy hour on the Bud Patio from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. The offer includes a Bullpen Box ticket with $15 in loaded value to spend at the team store or on concessions. For more information, please visit www.astros.com/youngprofessionals.

Friday, August 21 - 7:10 p.m. vs. LA Dodgers
Big and Bright Friday Night returns with a postgame fireworks display, presented by Marathon Oil Corporation. This week's fireworks show will featuring the music of the Beatles.

Friday night is also Happy Hour at Minute Maid Park, featuring $5.25 specials at the Saint Arnold Bar in left field and Day Fresh Budweiser at the Budweiser Patio from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, August 22 - 6:10 p.m. vs. LA Dodgers
Prior to Saturday's 6:10 p.m. contest vs. the LA Dodgers, Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio will participate in a very special pregame ceremony, where he will have the opportunity to address the Houston crowd for the first time since his Hall of Fame induction. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 5:15 p.m. in order to enjoy the entire ceremony, which will include special speakers Conor Biggio, Art Howe and Richard Justice, and emceed by Astros TV broadcaster Bill Brown.

Biggio's Hall of Fame plaque from Cooperstown will be on hand at Minute Maid Park. The plaque will be on display in Union Station Lobby after first pitch for fans to view, and photo opportunities will be available with a $7 donation to the Astros Foundation.

In honor of the special occasion, 10,000 fans will receive a special Craig Biggio Hall of Fame T-shirt giveaway, presented by Coca-Cola.

Additionally, several special $7 food items will be available throughout the ballpark to commemorate the first player to represent the Houston Astros in the Baseball Hall of Fame. These items can be found at section 126 on the Main Concourse, section 226 on the Mazda Club Level and section 309 on the Upper Concourse.

Because the Astros are expecting large crowds on Saturday, gates will be opening at 3:30 p.m. so fans can arrive early, enjoy Astros batting practice and pick up their Craig Biggio Hall of Fame T-shirt giveaways.

To complete the celebration of No. 7, a special Biggio Celebration Fireworks display presented by Marathon Oil Corporation will take place following the conclusion of Saturday night's game.

Sunday, August 23 - 1:10 p.m. vs. LA Dodgers
Sunday's 1:10 p.m. contest vs. the LA Dodgers will be broadcast nationally on TBS, as well as locally on ROOT SPORTS. This marks the third nationally broadcast Astros game this season. Astros fans are encouraged to show their #HTownPride to the entire nation by packing the park before the team hits the road for their next series in New York.

Bring the whole family out to Minute Maid Park this Sunday for Kroger Family Sunday. Kids ages 5-14 can run the bases and Astros Buddies get front-of-the-line access. For Kroger Family Sunday tickets, please visit www.astros.com/family or by calling 1-877-9ASTROS.