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Houston Astros

The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team based in Houston, Texas. They are in the Central Division of the National League.

Founded: 1962 (National League expansion)
Formerly known as: Houston Colt .45s (1962-1964). The team changed its name to the Astros when the team began to play in the Houston Astrodome in 1965.
Home ballpark: Minute Maid Park, Houston (formerly known as Astros Field and Enron Field)
Former ballparks: Colt Stadium, Houston Astrodome
Uniform colors: Brick red, black and sand
Logo design: Red five-pointed star with the word "Astros" below it in script
Wild Card titles won (1): 2004
Division titles won (7): 1980, 1981, 1986, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
National League pennants won (0): none
World Series championships won (0): none

Franchise history

  • 1960s
  • 1970s
    • The Astros first don the "rainbow uniforms" that stay with them with some variation through 1992. Nolan Ryan joins the team in 1979.
  • 1980s
    • The Astros make the playoffs in 1981, and again in 1986, culminating in a wild 16-inning loss to the eventual champion New York Mets. Nolan Ryan is sent to the Texas Rangers in 1989, considered too old by then-owner John McMullen. After pitching one for Houston, Ryan would pitch two more no-hitters for the Rangers in the early 90s to achieve a grand total of 7. This is three more than anyone else in major league history.
  • 1990s
    • After finishing second in their division in 1994, 1995, 1nd 1996, the Astros won several division titles, in 1997, 1998, and 1999. Each of these titles was followed by a first round playoff ejection, twice at the hands of the Atlanta Braves.
  • 2000s

Players of note

Baseball Hall of Famers

Current stars

Not to be forgotten

Retired numbers

Minor league affiliates

  • Round Rock Express (AAA, Pacific Coast League)
  • Corpus Christi Hooks (AA, Texas League)
  • Salem Avalanche (High-A, Carolina League)
  • Lexington Legends (A, South Atlantic League)
  • Tri-City Valley Cats (Short-Season A, New York-Penn League)
  • Greeneville Astros (Rookie, Appalachian League)

External links

  • Houston Astros official web site (http://houston.astros.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/hou/homepage/hou_homepage.jsp)
  • AstrosDaily.com reference site (http://www.astrosdaily.com)
  • AstrosZone.com reference site (http://www.astoszone.com)
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