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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Houston Astros Franchise History - A Fan's Essentials

Fall 2022: To purchase a reasonably priced 8" x 24" plaqued mounted version of the Houston Astros poster that's ready to hang on your wall, please visit Heritage Sports Stuff.

1. Houston Astros – The Team Name
This franchise was established in 1962. The team has been known by a two names as follows:
Houston Colt 45's 1962-1964
Houston Astros 1965-Present

2. Houston Astros – The Championship Record

Two World Series titles:
2017: Houston beat the LA Dodgers 4-3 on the strength of two dramatic extra innings wins in Game 2 and 4.
2022: Houston beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2.

Three World Series losses:
2005: Houston lost to the Chicago White Sox 4-0 in the World Series, but by scores of 5-3, 7-6, 7-5 and 1-0, and in the 2nd and 3rd games the Astros were leading midway through the game.
2019: Houston lost to the Washington Nationals 4-3
2021: Houston lost to the Atlanta Braves 4-2

Four American League Pennants: 2017, 2019, 2021, 2022
One National League Pennant: 2005

Twelve Division Championships:
1980 National League West Champions 93-70
1981 National League West Champions (split season) 61-49
1986 National League West Champions 96-66
1997 National League Central Champions 84-78
1998 National League Central Champions 102-60
1999 National League Central Champions 97-65
2001 National League Central Champions 93-69
2017 American League West Champions 101 - 61
2018 American League West Champions 103 - 59
2019 American League West Champions 107 - 55
2021 American League West Champions 95-67
2022 American League West Champions 106-56
2023 American League West Champions 90-72

3. Houston Astros – Home Stadium History
1. Colt Stadium, Houston
2. The Astrodome, Houston
3. Minute Maid Park, Houston

4. For more information on the Astros, you should bookmark these two great websites:

For a huge amount of great historic information:

For great information about the team's ballparks:

5. Celebrate the Astros' uniform history by owning a piece of history:
If you love the Houston Astros and the history of the Astros franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic uniforms as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 12 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 12 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)

If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our Houston Astros YouTube video at or go directly to the artwork website where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel

And please search my blog archive for other blogs on the history of the Astros.


This text was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 15, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at !

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