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Founded - 1962 as the Houston Colt 45s
Stadium - Minute Maid Park since 2000 (Houston, Texas)
Best Team Record - 102-60 (.630) 1998; NL Central Champions
Worst Team Record - 64-97 (.398) 1975; 6th Place NL West
World Series Winners - none
Division Winners - 1980 1981 1986 1997 1998 1999 2001
Wild Card Winners - 2004 2005

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3/20/10: Houston Philly Vultures - The Houston Astros may want to change their name to the Houston Philly Vultures.   Over the past few seasons, they have netted Michael Bourn, Geoff Geary, Chris Coste, Pedro Feliz, and Brett Myers directly from the Philadelphia Phillies.   Jason Michaels, who appeared in 102 games with the Astros last season, was originally drafted by the Phillies and played for them from 2001-2005.   --KG

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Franchise History

The Beginning - The Houston Colt .45s were born in 1962 and finished eighth out of ten teams. From 1962 - 1964, the team played in minor league Colt Stadium, which held 32,601.

Everything "Astro" - In 1965, the Colt .45s moved into the Houston Astrodome (capacity 54,313), the so-called "Eighth Wonder of the World" because of its domed top and indoor grass. To commemorate the move, the team changed its name to the Houston Astros and, when the indoor grass died, the team played its games on AstroTurf.

Best Trade in Team History - The trade which had the greatest impact on the Astros franchose took place in 1990 when the Boston Red Sox, looking to boost their team for a playoff run, acquired reliever Larry Anderson from Houston for a prospect named Jeff Bagwell. The Red Sox won their division, and Anderson played several more years, but Bagwell went on to become the franchise's greatest star and a surefire future Hall of Famer.

Worst Trade in Team History - In 1971, the Astros traded Ed Armbrister, Jack Billingham, Cesar Geronimo, Denis Menke and Joe Morgan to the Cincinnati Reds for Lee May, Tommy Helms, and Jimmy Stewart. Lee May had three solid seasons for the Astros before leaving for Baltimore, and Helms and Stewart accomplished little, while Joe Morgan went on to become one of the greatest second basemen of all time, winning two MVPs and appearing in three World Series for the Reds.

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Houston Astros Archive

All Time Team
Manager
Best Overall Player
Best Overall Pitcher
Worst Overall Player
Worst Overall Pitcher
Most Overrated Player
Underrated Player
Underrated Pitcher
Trivia Answer
Catcher
First Base
Second Base
Third Base
Shortstop
Utility
Left Field
Center Field
Right Field
Fourth Outfielder
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Relief Pitcher
Larry Dierker
Jeff Bagwell
Nolan Ryan
Tim Bogar
Dave Konieczny
Daryle Ward
Moises Alou
Shane Reynolds
Tim Redding
Alan Ashby
Jeff Bagwell
Craig Biggio
Ken Caminiti
Adam Everett
Joe Morgan
Lance Berkman
Cesar Cedeno
Kevin Bass
Jimmy Wynn
Nolan Ryan
Mike Hampton
JR Richard
Roy Oswalt
Mike Scott
Billy Wagner
Brad Lidge
Milo Hamilton: A Call for the Ages
"Holy Toledo!"

All Time Leaders
Games
At-Bats
Runs
Hits
Doubles
Triples
Home Runs
Runs Batted In
Stolen Bases
Total Bases
Batting Average
On-Base Percentage
Slugging Percentage
OPS
Games Pitched
Innings Pitched
Wins
Losses
Strikeouts
Bases on Balls
ERA
Shutouts
Saves
2709 - Craig Biggio
10359 - Craig Biggio
1776 - Craig Biggio
2930 - Craig Biggio
637 - Craig Biggio
80 - Jose Cruz
449 - Jeff Bagwell
1529 - Jeff Bagwell
487 - Cesar Cedeno
4514 - Craig Biggio
.304 - Lance Berkman
.416 - Lance Berkman
.567 - Lance Berkman
.973 - Lance Berkman
563 - Dave Smith
2294.1 - Larry Dierker
144 - Joe Niekro
117 - Larry Dierker
1866 - Nolan Ryan
818 - Joe Niekro
2.42 - Joe Sambito
25 - Larry Dierker
225 - Billy Wagner
Single Season Leaders
At-Bats
Runs
Hits
Doubles
Triples
HR
RBI
SB
TB
AVG
OBP
SLG
OPS
Games
Innings
Wins
Losses
Strikeouts
Walks
ERA
Shutouts
Saves
660 - Enos Cabell, 1978
152 - Jeff Bagwell, 2000
210 - Craig Biggio, 1998
56 - Craig Biggio, 1999
14 - Rogers Metzger, 1973
47 - Jeff Bagwell, 2000
135 - Jeff Bagwell, 1997
65 - Gerald Young, 1988
363 - Jeff Bagwell, 2000
.368 - Jeff Bagwell, 1994
.454 - Jeff Bagwell, 1999
.750 - Jeff Bagwell, 1994
1.201 - Jeff Bagwell, 1994

305.1 - Larry Dierker, 1969
22 - Mike Hampton, 1999
20 - Turk Farrell, 1962
313 - J.R. Richard, 1979
151 - J.R. Richard, 1976
1.69 - Nolan Ryan, 1981
6 - Dave Roberts, 1973
44 - Billy Wagner, 2003
Hall of Fame
Nolan Ryan
Joe Morgan


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Award Winners
MVP Winners
Jeff Bagwell - 1994

Cy Young Winners
Mike Scott - 1986
Roger Clemens - 2004

Rookies of the Year
Jeff Bagwell - 1991

Firemen of the Year
Billy Wagner - 1999

Kingman Award
none

Alex Gonzalez of the Marlins
none
Club Members
Triple Crown Hitters
none

Triple Crown Pitchers
none

3-4-5 Club
Lance Berkman

100-Plus Club
none

500 Outs Club
Roger Metzger 1972 (528)
Enos Cabell 1978 (501)

50 Home Run Club
none

30-30 Club Members
Jeff Bagwell (43/31) 1997
Jeff Bagwell (42/30) 1999
Carlos Beltran (38/42) 2004
- season split w/KC

Sub-2.00 ERA
1.87 - Roger Clemens, 2005
1.69 - Nolan Ryan, 1981