Houston Astros Baseball
Houston Astros Baseball Team
The Houston Astros baseball team is a professional baseball team based in Houston, Texas. They are a member of the American League (AL) West Division. Houston Astros Baseball
The Astros began playing in 1962, formerly known as the Houston Colt.45s. The team was founded by a group of businessmen led by Judge Roy Hofheinz. In 1964, the name was changed to the Houston Astros.
For the first three years, the Astros were members of the National League. However, the franchise relocated to the American League in 2013. It had a number of different names throughout the 1960s, including the Houston Colt.45s and the Houston Colt.45s/Astros.
In 1965, the Astros moved into a new structure and began to play in an indoor ballpark. They played in a stadium that was constructed near the NASA space center in Houston. This facility, later renamed the Astrodome, was the world's first multipurpose domed sports stadium.
In 1972, the Houston Astros had their first winning record. That year, they had the fourth-best record in all of Major League Baseball.
After being in the National League for the first 51 seasons, the Astros became part of the American League in 2013. They began their tenure in the AL West. At one point, the Astros finished in third place in the division.
By 1975, the Astros had their first superstar. Joe Morgan joined the team and helped lead the way with his power at the plate. He became a two-time MVP and added three World Series rings to his collection. Craig Biggio was also added to the team.
After a struggling start, the Astros made a series of moves to help them qualify for the playoffs. They acquired a player, Jeff Bagwell, and a pitcher, Lance Berkman. These players combined to form a powerful infield tandem, known as the "Killer B's."
The Astros were the first team to play in an indoor ballpark. Their first game in the Astrodome was against the Yankees in an exhibition game. They went on to win the game.
The Astros also reached the postseason for the first time in 1980. The team went on to play in six consecutive ALCS.
In 2007, the Astros were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Despite that, the Astros remained a top team in the league. As a result, they were able to advance to the American League Championship Series.
However, the Astros were eliminated in the NLCS in 2006. The Astros lost in a seven-game series to the Washington Nationals.
In 2017, the Astros won their first World Series title. Although the Astros haven't been crowned National League champions since 2013, they won the AL pennant in 2017. Several Houston-area lawmakers filed resolutions to celebrate the Astros.
Since then, the Astros have won three more pennants, with two more to come in 2021 and 2022. Currently, the Astros are the winningest team in all of Major League Baseball.
The Astros are a fan favorite, especially among the Latin community. Fans enjoy tex-mex food, gourmet hot dogs, and pork sliders.