HOUSTON ASTROS

                                                   Established 1962

Ballpark 
- Minute Maid Park (2000-present)
- originally Eron Field (2000-2002)
- Astrodome (1965-1999)
- Colt Stadium (1962-1964)
City - Houston, Texas

League 
- National League (1962-2012)
- American League (2013)

Division
- NL West (1969-1993)
- NL Central (1994-2012)
- AL West (2013)

Name
Houston Colt .45s (1962-1964)
Houston Astros (1965-present)

Colors
Brick Red, Black, Sand

Owner - Jim Crane
President and CEO - George Postolos
General Manager - Jeff Luhnow
Manager - Brad Mills

                                         Major League titles
World Series titles - 0
NL Pennants -  (1)   2005
Central Division titles -  (4)  2001, 1999, 1998, 1997
West Division titles - (2) 1986, 1980
Wild Card - (2)  2005, 2004

Official Website - www.houstonastros.com

                                          Timeline

October 17, 1960 - Houston was awarded a franchise in the National League by Major League Baseball. Ownership group was headed by Judge Roy Hofeinz.

April 10, 1962 - Houston Colt .45s played their first game and defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-2

1965 - The Houston Colt .45s become the Houston Astros and play the New York Yankees in an exhibition game at the Astrodome and win 2-1 in the first ever baseball game played indoors on April 9, 1965.

June 18, 1967 - Don Wilson throws a no-hitter against the Braves in a 2-0 win.

July 14, 1968 - Don Wilson strikes out 18 Reds in 6-1 win.

April 30, 1969 - Reds pitcher Jim Maloney no-hits the Astros.
May 1, 1969 - Don Wilson no-hits the Reds in a 4-0 win the night after the Astros were no-hit.

1972 - The Astros finish with a record of 84-69 the best in franchise history.

1976- J.R. Richard wins 20 games and Cesar Cedeno steals 58 bases and wins his fifth-straight Gold Glove.

1978 - J.R. Richard becomes the first righthander in the National League to strike out 300 batters in a season with 303.

1979 - Joe Niekro wins a club record 21 games and J.R. Richard strikes out 313 batters. Houston finishes in second place and Bill Virdon is named Manager of the Year.

1980 - The Houston Astros won their first division title (93-70) by winning a one-game playoff against Los Angeles. Joe Niekro wins 20 games again this season.

September 26, 1981 - Nolan Ryan throws his Major League record fifth no-hitter and leads the league with a 1.69 ERA.

1983 - The Astros finish 85-77 and Nolan Ryan passes Walter Johnson's as the all-time strikeout leader.

1985 - On July 11 Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher to strikeout 4,000 by striking out Danny Heep at the Astrodome.

1986 - The Astros win their second NL West title as Mike Scott pitches a no-hitter to clinch against the Giants at the Astrodome. Mike Scott would become the Astros first Cy Young award winner as he posted 18 wins, 2.22 ERA and 306 strikeouts. The Astros lost 4 games to 2 to the Mets in the NLCS in one of the most memorable series in playoff history including game 6 at the Astrodome that went 16 innings.

1989 - Mike Scott becomes the fourth Houston pitcher to win 20 games and Glenn Davis hits a career high 34 homers.

1991 -  Jeff Bagwell becomes the Astros first Rookie of the Year after hitting .294 with 15 homers and 82 RBI. Craig Biggio leads the team in hitting at .295 and makes the NL All-Star team.

1992 - Craig Biggio becomes the first player to make the All-Star team as catcher (1991) and second base (1992).

September 8, 1993 - Darryl Kile throws the ninth no-hitter in Astros history against the New York Mets.

1994 -  Jeff Bagwell became the first player in team history to win the NL MVP award after batting .368, 39 homers and 116 RBI. The Astros finished the season with a 66-49 record after the strike ended the season on August 12. The Astros were one-half game behind the Reds.

1997 -  The Astros won their first NL Central title eleven years to the day of their last NL West title. Jeff Bagwell hit 43 homers, 135 RBIs, 335 total bases and 85 extra base hits. Craig Biggio did not ground into a double play in a 162 game season, a new major league record.

1998 - Craig Biggio joined Tris Speaker as the only two players to have 50 doubles and 50 steals in the same season. The Astros won their second straight NL Central division title and a club record 102 wins. The Astros acquired Randy Johnson minutes before the July 31 trade deadline and was one of five Astros starting pitchers to finish the season in double figures in wins.

1999 - The Astros won their third straight NL Central title on the last day of the regular season in the final regular season game played at the Astrodome. The Astros won 97 games and had two pitchers win 20 games, Mike Hampton 22-4 and Jose Lima 21-10.

2000 - Enron Field opened on March 30 for an exhibition game against the New York Yankees. Jeff Bagwell hit 47 homers and scored 152 runs both franchise records. The Astros hit a team record 249 homers with 900 RBIs and scored 938 runs.

2001 - The Astros won their fourth NL Central title and Craig Biggio recorded his 2,000 career hit.

2002 - The Astros finished second in the NL Central to the St. Louis Cardinals with a record of 84-78.  April 8th Craig Biggio hit for the cycle against the Rockies in Colorado. Larry Dierker's No.49 was retired in a pregame ceremony in May. Houston's ballpark was renamed Minute Maid Park.

2003 - The Astros used six pitchers to no-hit the Yankees on June 11 at Yankee Stadium in an 8-0 win. Roy Oswalt, Pete Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel and Billy Wagner were all used in the no-hitter, the first six pitcher no-hitter in baseball history. Jeff Kent played his first season in Houston at second and Craig Biggio moved from second to center.

2004 - The Astros featured a rotation of Roy Oswalt, Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens to start the season but in July they were a .500 record at the All-Star break and that led to the hiring of Phil Garner as manager. Under Garner the Astros would go 36-10 down the stretch to take the National League Wild Card. The Astros won their first postseason series three games to two over the Braves before loosing to the Cardinals in seven games in the NLCS. Roger Clemens won his seventh Cy Young Award.

2005 - The Astros started the season 15-30 only to finish 89-73 and finished in second place in the NL Central and won the Wild Card. The Astros defeated the Cardinals in six games of the NLCS to advance to their first World Series in franchise history against the White Sox. The Astros were swept by the White Sox in four games.

2007 - Craig Biggio collected career hit No. 3000 on June 28 against the Colorado Rockies. Biggio retired with 3,060 hits and was hit by 285 pitches, the most HBP of any player in history.

2009 - The Astros finished 74-88 in fifth place. CF Michael Bourn won the Gold Glove and led the National League with 61 stolen bases.

2011 - The Astros traded Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn at the Trade Deadline for prospects and would finish with a 56-106 record. The 106 losses were the franchise record for most in a season. The Astros were sold to Jim Crane in November who announced they would move to the AL in 2013. Jeff Luhnow was hired as general manager in December.

2012 - The Houston Astros first season under new ownership and last season in the National League finished with another 100 loss season. The Astros finished with a 55-107 record and fired manager Brad Mills. The Astros hired Bo Porter as manager and in November they unveiled the new uniforms as they bring back the orange star and Orbit the mascot.

                                         Retired Numbers
5 - Jeff Bagwell
7 - Craig Biggio
24 - Jimmy Wynn
25 - Jose Cruz
32 - Jim Umbricht
33 - Mike Scott
34 - Nolan Ryan
40 - Don Wilson
42 - Jackie Robinson
49 - Larry Dierker
 
                                        All-Time Leaders
Games:
Craig Biggio - 2850
Jeff Bagwell - 2150
Jose Cruz - 1870

At Bats:
Craig Biggio - 10876
Jeff Bagwell - 7797
Jose Cruz - 6629

Average:
Jeff Bagwell - .297
Bob Watson - .297
Lance Berkman - .296
Jose Cruz - .292

Hits:
Craig Biggio - 3060
Jeff Bagwell - 2314
Jose Cruz - 1937
Cesar Cedeno - 1569

Runs:
Craig Biggio - 1844
Jeff Bagwell - 1517
Lance Berkman - 1008

Doubles:
Craig Biggio - 668
Jeff Bagwell - 488
Lance Berkman - 375
Cesar Cedeno  - 343
Jose Cruz - 335

Triples:
Jose Cruz - 80
Joe Morgan - 63
Roger Metzger - 62
Terry Puhl - 56
Craig Biggio - 55
Cesar Cedeno - 55
Craig Reynolds - 55

Home Runs:
Jeff Bagwell - 449
Lance Berkman - 326
Craig Biggio - 291
Jimmy Wynn - 223
Glenn Davis - 166

Runs Batted In:
Jeff Bagwell - 1529
Craig Biggio - 1175
Lance Berkman - 1090
Jose Cruz - 942

Base on Balls:
Jeff Bagwell - 1401
Craig Biggio - 1160
Lance Berkman - 1040

Stolen Bases:
Cesar Cedeno - 487
Craig Biggio - 414
Jose Cruz - 288
Joe Morgan - 219

On-base Percentage:
Lance Berkman - .410
Jeff Bagwell - .408
Bill Spiers - .375
Joe Morgan - .374

Wins:
Joe Niekro - 144
Roy Oswalt - 143
Larry Dierker - 137
Mike Scott - 110

Losses:
Larry Dierker - 117
Joe Niekro - 116
Bob Knepper - 100

ERA:
Roger Clemens - 2.40
Joe Sambito - 2.42
Dave Smith - 2.53
Billy Wagner - 2.53

Games Pitched:
Dave Smith - 563
Billy Wagner - 464

Games Started:
Larry Dierker - 320
Joe Niekro - 301
Roy Oswalt - 291

Saves:
Billy Wagner - 225
Dave Smith - 199
Brad Lidge - 123

Innings Pitched:
Larry Dierker - 2294.1
Joe Niekro - 2270.0
Roy Oswalt - 1932.1
Nolan Ryan - 1854.2

Strikeouts:
Nolan Ryan - 1866
Roy Oswalt - 1593

Complete Games:
Larry Dierker - 106
Joe Niekro - 82
Don Wilson - 78
J.R. Richard - 76

Shutouts:
Larry Dierker - 25
Joe Niekro - 21
Mike Scott - 21
Don Wilson - 20
J.R. Richard - 19