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The Houston Astros is a Major League Baseball team that is based in Houston, Texas. They are in the Central Division of the National League. They are the current defending National League champions, and rose to fame in October of ’05 when they went to the World Series for the first time in their franchise history. On October 17th, 1960, Judge Roy Hofheinz and the ownership group from Houston was awarded a franchise in the ten-team National League, called the Houston Colt .45s. The name changed from the Houston Colt .45s to the Houston Astros on April 9, 1965. They modified the name because of objections by the Colt Firearms Company to the club’s sales of novelties bearing the old nickname. Turns out, the name “Astros” bore a futuristic sense because of the NASA program. Early on, the groundskeepers wore space suits to promote the futuristic image. The Astros were first playing indoor baseball in the Astrodome. After years at the outdated Astrodome, the Astros moved to their new stadium in 2000. Originally named Enron Field, the stadium was one of the first to feature a retractable roof. After the Enron Scandal in late 2001, they renamed the stadium Minute Maid Park. The Astros’ opponent in their first and only World Series was the Chicago White Sox. Games 1 and 2 were held at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, while Games 3, 4 were played at Minute Maid Park. Early conventional wisdom held that the White Sox were a slight favorite, but that Houston would be an even match. However, the Astros’ situational hitting continued to plague them throughout the World Series. The White Sox swept the Astros in the best-of-seven series with a run differential of only 6.

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