fun facts about the houston astros

You already know they took home the world championship a few days ago. And the whole world also knows about the sign-cheating scandal a few years back. Yes, Manager A.J. Hinch and General Manager Jeff Luhnow were fired in the aftermath, draft picks were docked, and a $5 million fine was assessed. But the ‘Stros made a spectacular comeback this season and made us all proud once again!

Here are some fun facts about our hometown team.

For the uninitiated…

The Houston Astros are a professional baseball team based in Houston, Texas. They are members of the American League West division in Major League Baseball (MLB). The Astros have played their home games at Minute Maid Park since 2000.

The Astros were established as the Houston Colt .45s and began play in 1962 as an expansion team along with the New York Mets. The current name—reflecting Houston's role as the control center of the U.S. space program—was adopted three years later when they moved into the Astrodome, the first domed sports stadium. The Astros made it to the World Series in 2005, their first appearance in a championship round since 1986.

Here are 10 fun facts about the Houston Astros:

  1. The Astros were founded in 1962 as the Colt .45s. The name was changed to the Astros in 1965 when they moved from the Colt Stadium to the Astrodome, becoming the first team in Major Leagues history to play their home games indoors.
  2. In 1975, the Astros became the first team to host a Major League Baseball game at night.
  3. The Astrodome was nicknamed "the Eighth Wonder of the World."
  4. The team now plays its home games at Minute Maid Park, which is located downtown next to where the Astrodome used to stand.
  5. In 1965, the team changed its name to the Astros, reflecting Houston's role as the control center of America's space program.
  6. Larry Dierker, who pitched for the team from 1964-1976, is the only person to have both played for and managed the Astros to a World Series appearance.
  7. Minute Maid Park is one of only six stadiums in MLB history to have a retractable roof AND a natural grass playing surface - Atlanta's SunTrust Park is the other one.
  8. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused flooding damage to Minute Maid Park and forced the Astros to play their final 11 home games of the season on the road.
  9. The Astros Foundation has raised over $50 million for charities throughout Greater Houston since its inception in 1992.
  10. The Astros have had some pretty great players over the years, including Nolan Ryan, Craig Biggio, and Jeff Bagwell. But did you know that former manager A.J. Hinch used to play for the team as well? Hinch was a catcher for the Astros from 2002-2003 before being traded to the Kansas City Royals and later becoming the team’s general manager.
  11. Jeff Bagwell, who played first base for the Astros from 1991-2005, was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 2017 - he is just the second player in franchise history to receive that honor (Craig Biggio was inducted in 2015).
  12. The Houston Chronicle named Minute Maid Park "the best ballpark experience" in all of Minor League and Major League baseball in 2019. 
  13. In 2019, estimated the Astro’s worth at $1 billion - up from $800 million just three years prior. Today, according to Forbes, the team is worth an incredible $1.98 billion, making it the MLB’s 15th most valuable franchise.
  14. In 1986, Mike Scott of the Astros pitched a no-hitter against the New York Mets to clinch the NL West title for Houston. It was also Scott's 20th win of the season, making him only the second pitcher in Astros history to achieve that feat.
  15. Jose Altuve is the only Astro to have won an MVP Award, which he did in 2017.
  16. For wardrobe planning purposes, check out #RoofStatus to see if Minute Maid Park’s roof is open or closed.

The Houston Astros are a beloved baseball team with a rich history dating back to 1962! The team has accomplished many great feats over the years and has produced some truly iconic players. If you're ever in Houston, make sure to catch an Astros game!