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The Houston Astros are an American professional baseball team based in Houston, Texas.wikipedia
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Astrodome

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The current name, reflecting Houston's role as the host of the Johnson Space Center, was adopted three years later, when they moved into the Astrodome, the first domed sports stadium and the so-called "eighth wonder of the world."
It served as home to the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB) from its opening in 1965 until 1999, and the home to the Houston Oilers of the National Football League (NFL) from 1968 until 1996, and also the part-time home of the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1971 until 1975.

American League West

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The Astros compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division, having moved to the division in 2013 after spending their first 51 seasons in the National League (NL). The Astros play in the AL West division, but had played in the NL from 1962 until 2012, first in the West division from 1969 to 1993, followed by the Central division from 1994 to 2012.
The current champion of this division is the Houston Astros.

National League Central

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The Astros play in the AL West division, but had played in the NL from 1962 until 2012, first in the West division from 1969 to 1993, followed by the Central division from 1994 to 2012.
This division was created in 1994, by moving two teams from the National League West (the Cincinnati Reds and the Houston Astros) and three teams from the National League East (the Chicago Cubs, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the St. Louis Cardinals).

World Series

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The team made its first World Series appearance in 2005 as an NL team, only to be swept by the Chicago White Sox.
The 2019 World Series took place between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals from October 22–30, 2019, with the Nationals winning in seven games for their first-ever championship.

National League West

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The Astros play in the AL West division, but had played in the NL from 1962 until 2012, first in the West division from 1969 to 1993, followed by the Central division from 1994 to 2012.
The remaining five teams were separated by as few as one-and-one-half games in the standings on August 18, despite the Houston Astros having lost 20 of its first 24 games.

Major League Baseball

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The Astros compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division, having moved to the division in 2013 after spending their first 51 seasons in the National League (NL).
Later, when the Houston Astros changed ownership prior to the 2013 season, the team moved from the NL Central to the AL West, resulting in both leagues having three divisions of five teams each and allowing all teams to have a more balanced schedule.

Washington Nationals

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The team embraced sabermetrics and new technologies in the 2010s, transforming from a tanking 100-loss team to a powerhouse that won the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, and returned to the World Series in 2019, losing to Washington Nationals in seven games.
Their first World Series appearance and win came in 2019, when they entered the playoffs via the Wild Card, eventually advancing and defeating the Houston Astros to win the 2019 World Series.

Spec Richardson

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General manager Spec Richardson also continued with the organization as business manager, but was later promoted again to the same position with the Astros from 1967 until 1975.
He served as the general manager of two Major League Baseball teams, the Houston Astros (1967–75) and San Francisco Giants (1976–81).

Gene Elston

Loel Passe worked alongside Gene Elston as a color commentator until he retired from broadcasting in 1976.
Robert Gene Elston (March 26, 1922 – September 5, 2015) was a Major League Baseball (MLB) broadcaster, primarily with the Houston Astros.

Joe Morgan

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Jimmy Wynn, Rusty Staub, and Joe Morgan all made their major league debuts in the 1963 season.
Joe Leonard Morgan (born September 19, 1943) is an American former professional baseball second baseman who played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Oakland Athletics from to.

Jimmy Wynn

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Jimmy Wynn, Rusty Staub, and Joe Morgan all made their major league debuts in the 1963 season.
James Sherman Wynn (born March 12, 1942), nicknamed "The Toy Cannon", is an American retired professional baseball player who had a 15-year career with the Houston Colt .45s / Astros and four other teams, primarily as a center fielder.

Houston Buffaloes

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From 1888 until 1961, Houston's professional baseball club was the minor league Houston Buffaloes.
The Houston Buffaloes were purchased by the Houston Sports Association in 1961 to obtain the Houston metropolitan-area territorial rights for the new expansion team in Major League baseball and the National League, Houston Colt .45s (known since 1965 as the Houston Astros named after their futuristic enclosed indoor domed stadium, the Astrodome - the first of its kind in America).

1967 Houston Astros season

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The 1967 season saw first baseman Eddie Mathews join the Astros.
The 1967 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball.

2000 Major League Baseball season

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The Astros moved to a new stadium called Minute Maid Park in 2000.

1969 Houston Astros season

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With baseball expansion and trades, the Astros had dramatically changed in 1969.
The 1969 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball.

Eddie Mathews

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The 1967 season saw first baseman Eddie Mathews join the Astros.
He played 17 seasons for the Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves (1952–66); Houston Astros (1967) and Detroit Tigers (1967–68).

Bob Aspromonte

Bob Aspromonte scored the first run for the Colt .45s on an Al Spangler triple in the first inning.
A native of Brooklyn, New York, he played for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Colt .45s/Astros, Atlanta Braves and New York Mets, all of the National League.

1964 Houston Colt .45s season

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Manager Harry Craft, who had joined Houston in 1961, remained in the same position for the team until the end of the 1964 season.
It was their final season for the team at Colt Stadium before relocating their games to the Astrodome in 1965, along with the accompanying name change to the "Astros" for the '65 season.

Ron Davis (outfielder)

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Although most players for the major league franchise were obtained through the 1961 Major League Baseball expansion draft, Buffs players J.C. Hartman, Pidge Browne, Jim Campbell, Ron Davis, Dave Giusti, and Dave Roberts were chosen to continue as major league ball players.
He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1962 and 1966 to 1969 for the Houston Colt .45s, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Roy Hofheinz

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There were four men chiefly responsible for bringing Major League Baseball to Houston: George Kirksey and Craig Cullinan, who had led a futile attempt to purchase the St. Louis Cardinals in 1952; R.E. "Bob" Smith, a prominent oilman and real estate magnate in Houston who was brought in for his financial resources; and Judge Roy Hofheinz, a former Mayor of Houston and Harris County Judge who was recruited for his salesmanship and political style.
A flamboyant and successful orator, broadcaster, developer, and sportsman, he was part of the group that brought Major League Baseball franchise the Houston Colt .45s (which later became the Houston Astros) to Houston, as well as built the Harris County Domed Stadium, known as the Astrodome, the first large covered baseball and football facility in the world.

St. Louis Cardinals

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There were four men chiefly responsible for bringing Major League Baseball to Houston: George Kirksey and Craig Cullinan, who had led a futile attempt to purchase the St. Louis Cardinals in 1952; R.E. "Bob" Smith, a prominent oilman and real estate magnate in Houston who was brought in for his financial resources; and Judge Roy Hofheinz, a former Mayor of Houston and Harris County Judge who was recruited for his salesmanship and political style.
On June 16, 2015, the FBI and the Justice Department started an investigation on the Cardinals for possibly hacking the Houston Astros.

Dave Giusti

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Although most players for the major league franchise were obtained through the 1961 Major League Baseball expansion draft, Buffs players J.C. Hartman, Pidge Browne, Jim Campbell, Ron Davis, Dave Giusti, and Dave Roberts were chosen to continue as major league ball players.
He signed out of a college as a free agent with the Houston Colt .45s (later the Houston Astros), and played in Houston from 1962-68.

AstroTurf

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A new artificial turf was created called "AstroTurf" and Houston would be involved in yet another change in the way the game was played.
1966* First major installation of AstroTurf (ChemGrass) at the Houston Astrodome indoor stadium for the Houston Astros.

Harry Craft

Manager Harry Craft, who had joined Houston in 1961, remained in the same position for the team until the end of the 1964 season.
From 1962 through September 18, 1964, Craft was the first manager in Houston's Major League history as skipper of the expansion Houston Colt .45s, later the Astros.

Doug Rader

He would be traded late in the season and Doug Rader would be promoted to the big leagues.
Rader's career lasted from 1967 to 1977, playing for the Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, and Toronto Blue Jays, then later managed the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox, and California Angels between 1983 and 1991.