- Houston Astros
- September 3, 2018
Established in 1962, the Houston Astros are an American professional baseball team based in Houston, Texas. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division. The team spent their first 51 seasons in the National League, moving to the AL division in 2013. So far, the Astros won one World Series Championship (2017), one American League (AL) Pennant (2017), one National League (NL) Pennant (2005), one AL West Division title (2017), seven NL/Central Division titles and three Wild Card berths.
The Houston Astros colors are navy blue, orange and white; while their home ballpark is Minute Maid Park, previously known as Astros Field.
Founded in 1962 as an expansion team under the name Houston Colt .45s, the team wasn’t an instant success, as in its first seven seasons finished among the bottom three positions in the NL. In 1965, they were renamed the Houston Astros and relocated to their new home ballpark, NRG Astrodome. The opening of the Astrodome was a national media sensation, as it was the world’s first multipurpose domed sports stadium.
The early ‘70s struggles and the great trade
During the ‘70s, the Astros struggled to win any titles but they just couldn’t find the perfect mix of players. However, in 1970, the team welcomed outfielder César Cedeño who led the club with 81 RBIs, the league with 40 doubles and went on to earn All-Star honors four times. In November, the club continued to add players and made one of the biggest trades ever known in the sports world with the Cincinnati Reds. They sent five players to the Reds, including pitcher Jack Billingham and second baseman Joe Morgan in exchange for only three players: first baseman Lee May, second baseman Tommy Helms and infielder Jimmy Stewart. The changes seemed to pay off in 1972, when they finished the strike-shortened season at 84–69. Unfortunately, for the rest of the decade they seemed to remain unsuccessful as they finished higher than third in their division on just one occasion (second place in 1979, losing the first place to the Cincinnati Reds).
The first Division titles
After the great trade, second baseman Joe Morgan returned to the Astros in 1980. Along with Nolan Ryan and Joe Niekro, the team won the one-game playoff 7–1, advancing to their first post-season. During the 1980 NLC series, they faced the Philadelphia Phillies and lost. The next year, the Astros returned to the playoffs, where they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games. For the rest of the ‘80s, the team made it one more time to the playoff berth in the National League Championship Series (1986), where they lost to the New York Mets in six games.
The Killer B’s
Led by what the fans called “the Killer B’s”, a duo composed of baseman Jeff Bagwell and catcher–second baseman Craig Biggio, from 1993, the Astros had seven consecutive winning seasons and made three postseason appearances. In 1999, they added another name to the group, outfielder star Lance Berkman.
2000 – Present
In 2004, they advanced once again to the NCLS where they lost to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. The following year, the two teams met again, and the Astros defeated the Cardinals in an NLCS rematch, earning a place in the first World Series in franchise history. Eventually, they lost to the Chicago White Sox in a four-game sweep.
In 2017, the Houston Astros won the first World Series title in the franchise history, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in the deciding seventh game of the championship.
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