The Houston Astros are the second MLB team founded in Texas and were established in 1962. That same year, they were integrated into the game thanks to an expansion of the league.
Long journey to the top
. Name changes are not uncommon in baseball. The Houston Astros, for example, contested their early days in the 1960s under the name Houston Colt 45s. When they moved into a new stadium, the name changed as well. Since the venue was called the Astrodome, the team was called the Astros from then on. The name is no accident. It reflects Houston's connection with space travel. The history of the Houston franchise could be described by the slogan "What goes around comes around". It wasn't until 1980, 18 years after its founding, that the team got its first taste of postseason air. The Astros did not become truly successful until the new millennium. While they only participated in the playoff six times from inception to the turn of the millennium and did not win a series, they qualified for the postseason a total of nine times starting in 2000 and participated in the World Series four times.
Triumph and Fall
Then things happened quickly. On the very first try, the big dream came true in 2017. In a thrilling seven-game series, the Houston Astros beat the Yankees and qualified to play in the World Series. As expected, the victory was hard-fought. But the Astros prevailed there, too, in the bottom of the seventh game, 5-1 over the Los Angeles Dodgers. That was the culmination of years of buildup. But the 2017 World Series would go down in baseball history with a bitter aftertaste. Two years later, in 2019, the Astros again took part in the World Series. They lost to the Boston Red Sox. But it didn't stop there: it was made public that during the 2017 season, the Astros relayed communications between opposing pitchers and pitchers to their own batter. That revelation became a scandal. And it spread far and wide. The Astros lost their top draft picks in 2020 and 2021. In addition, bench coach Alex Cora, general manager Jeff Luhnow and on-field manager A. J. Hinch were each suspended for a year. The Astros' popularity among opposing teams took a massive hit. But that only rallied the fans even more. They merged with the team as one. In 2021, the Houston Astros advanced to the World Series for the third time. However, they lost 7-0 at home to the Atlanta Braves in game six.
. All of the Houston Astros' World Series appearances have been celebrated at their current ball park. Minute Maid Park has been the team's home ballpark since 2000. It succeeded the Astrodome and is located in downtown Houston. This makes it easily accessible for all fans. Like other stadiums in the league, the ball park has a movable roof. Its special feature is the high glass facade in left outfield, which allows plenty of light into the stadium even when the roof is closed. What makes Minute Maid Park unique, however, is its entrance through the old Union Station lobby building. Where train traffic used to be dispatched is now an entrance to a stadium. Throughout the venue, the Houston Astros' logo, a large H on an orange star, is prominent. The motif also adorns the on-field caps and is sidepatch on the jersey sleeves. The connection to space travel is also omnipresent in the logos. Therefore, there are various motifs with stars. The 2017 World Series triumph was not only a success of the MLB team, but is just as much due to the Astros' farm system. With Bregman, Correa, Altuve and Springer, solid components of the team were drafted and trained themselves. The minor league teams, consisting of the Sugar Land Space Cowboys, the Corpus Christi Books, the Asheville Tourists and the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, take care of the training of young players.