Billy Bean stands by the NLCS logo at Dodger Stadium in 2016
Jeff Luhnow, an important figure in assembling the Cardinals’ and Astros’, rosters post-2005

The 2005 National League Championship Series (NLCS), the second round of the 2005 National League playoffs, matched the Central Division champion and defending league champion St. Louis Cardinals against the wild card qualifier Houston Astros, a rematch of the 2004 NLCS.

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The Astros are the only team to have won both an NLCS (2005) and an ALCS (2017, 2019).

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Billy Bean stands by the NLCS logo at Dodger Stadium in 2016

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Houston Astros

American professional baseball team based in Houston.

American professional baseball team based in Houston.

1905 Houston Buffaloes team photo
Colt .45s uniform
Houston Astrodome Scoreboard pictured during a June 7, 1969 game between the Astros and Cardinals
The Astrodome in 1965
Hall of Famer Joe Morgan (1963–1971, 1980) was traded to Cincinnati following the 1971 season
Cesar Cedeno (1970–1981) is the franchise's all-time leader with 487 steals
José Cruz (1975–1987), his #25 was retired by Houston
Astros starting pitcher Nolan Ryan in 1983
Mike Scott won the 1986 NL Cy Young Award and NLCS MVP
Final Astros regular season game in the Astrodome on October 3, 1999
The Astros moved into Minute Maid Park in 2000
2005 National League championship banner at Minute Maid Park
Astros' outfielder Orlando Palmeiro, 2007
Astros second baseman José Altuve in 2014
Many buildings in the skyline of Downtown Houston participated in cheering for the Astros during the 2017 World Series.
The Houston Astros began wearing this patch during the 2017 season as the Houston area recovered from the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey.
2017 World Series MVP - George Springer
The 2017 team at the White House with President Donald Trump, March 2018
Justin Verlander, 2019 AL Cy Young Award winner
Jeff Bagwell (1991–2005), Hall of Famer
Craig Biggio (1988–2007), Hall of Famer
Lance Berkman (1999–2010)
Orbit, Houston Astros mascot from 1990 to 1999, 2013–present

The Astros would get the run back in the bottom of the 14th when Hatcher (in a classic goat-to-hero-conversion-moment) hit one of the most dramatic home runs in NLCS history, off the left-field foul pole.

The National League Championship Series featured a rematch of the 2004 NLCS.