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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 (6): 1980, 1986, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001
National League pennants won (0): none
World Series championships won (0): none
Contents

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 in Game 6 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, and 1996, the Astros won consecutive 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 25-man roster (updated on June 10, 2005)

Pitchers

Catchers

 

Infielders

Outfielders

Disabled list

Not to be forgotten

   

Retired numbers

Single season records

  • Batting average: Jeff Bagwell (.368, 1994)
  • Home runs: Jeff Bagwell (47, 2000)
  • Runs batted In: Jeff Bagwell (135, 1997)
  • Runs: Jeff Bagwell (152, 2000)
  • Hits: Craig Biggio (210, 1998)
  • Doubles: Craig Biggio (56, 1999)
  • Triples: Roger Metzger (14, 1973)
  • Stolen bases: Gerald Young (65, 1988)
  • Walks: 149 Jeff Bagwell (149, 1999)
  • Hit by pitch: Craig Biggio (34, 1997)
  • Hitting Streak: Art Howe and Luis Gonzalez (23 games, 1981/1997)
  • Pitching wins: Mike Hampton (22, 1999)
  • Pitching strikeouts: J.R. Richard (313, 1979)

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