Houston Astros Team History
Construction of the domed building was finally completed in late 1964. In honor of Houston’s significance to the country’s space program, it was appropriately named the Astrodome, and to maintain the theme, the Colt .45s were proudly renamed the Astros.
The 2000 season saw a move to a new stadium. Originally called Enron Field, the stadium was to feature a functional retractable roof, a particularly useful feature with unpredictable Houston weather. The ballpark also featured more intimate surroundings than the Astrodome. In 2002, naming rights were purchased by Houston-based Minute Maid, after Enron went bankrupt. The park was built on the grounds of the old Union Station. A locomotive moves across the outfield and whistles after home runs, paying homage to a Houston history which had eleven railroad company lines running through the city by 1860. The ballpark also contains quirks such as “Tal’s Hill”, which is a hill in deep center field on which a flagpole stands, all in fair territory. A similar feature was located in Crosley Field.
On November 15, 2011, it was announced that Crane had agreed to move the franchise to the American League for the 2013 season. The move was part of an overall divisional realignment of MLB, with the National and American leagues each having 15 teams in three geographically balanced divisions. Crane was given a $70 million concession by MLB for agreeing to the switch; the move was a condition for the sale to the new ownership group. Two days later, the Astros were officially sold to Crane after the other owners unanimously voted in favor of the sale. It was also announced that 2012 would be the last season for the Astros in the NL. After over fifty years of the Astros being a part of the National League, this move was unpopular with many Astros fans.
The Houston Astros are an American professional baseball team based in Houston, Texas. The Astros are members of the American League (AL) West division in Major League Baseball (MLB), having moved to the division in 2013 after spending their first 51 seasons in the National League (NL). The Astros have played their home games at Minute Maid Park since 2000.
2000 – Present Major League Baseball
1962 – 1999 National League
Astros – In 1965 the team changed its nickname to Houston Astros, a name that had more futuristic overtones, astro is Greek for “star” as since 1961 Houston was the city where NASA trained and continues to train all the American astronauts. The team also used the nickname as part of its new home, the Astrodome, which opened in 1965.
1965 – Present Houston Astros
1962 – 1964 Houston Colt 45’s
World Series 0
2003 – Present Minute Maid Park
2002 Astros Field
2000 – 2002 Enron Field
2000 The Ballpark at Union Station
1966 – 1999 Astrodome
1965 Harris County Domed Stadium
1962 – 1964 Colt Stadium
2011 – Present Jim Crane
1992 – 2011 Drayton McLane, Jr.
1979 – 1993 John McMullen
1975 – 1979 General Electric & Ford Motor Company
1962 – 1975 Roy Hofheinz
5 Jeff Bagwell
7 Craig Biggio
24 Jimmy Wynn
25 Jose Cruz
32 Jim Umbricht
33 Mike Scott
34 Nolan Ryan
40 Don Wilson
49 Larry Dierker
42 Jackie Robinson
1990 – 1999, 2012 – Present Orbit
2000 – 2012 Junction Jack
*Blue is this team’s history