Houston Astros

Founded: 1962
Team Owner: Jim Crane
Manager: A. J. Hinch
Team Icon: Nolan Ryan
Overall Record: 4,120-4,337
AAA Minor League Affiliate: Fresno Grizzlies
World Series Titles: nada
Stadium: Minute Maid Park (2000–present)
Stadium Capacity: 42,060
Previous Ball Parks: Astrodome (1965–1999), Colt Stadium (1962–1964)
City: Houston, TX
Website: www.houston.astros.mlb.com
Houston Astros

Houston has had a franchise since 1962, but they haven't always been the Houston Astros. They started out as the Houston Colt .45s. A few years later in 1965 team president Judge Roy Hofheinz made the decision to change the name in order to keep with the times, but most likely to no longer infringe on the Colt Firearms Company famous trademark.

So the team looked no further than the city's aeronautics and space industry across town and went with Astros to honor Houston as what they considered to be the space age capital of the world. They intended to become the sports capital of the world, but are still working on that elusive first World Series title, so will have to wait just a bit longer before they can even dream about holding that moniker.


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