Based in Denver, Colorado, the Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball team. Formed in the year 1991, they initiated playing in the year 1993, the Colorado Rockies play in the West Division of the National League. The team Colorado Rockies is named after the Rocky Mountains, which pass through Colorado, just west of Denver. The home games of Colorado Rockies are played at Coors Field in downtown Denver.
Following multiple losing seasons, the Rockies became the National League pennant champions for the first time in franchise history during the 2007 season. After prior failed attempts to bring the Major League Baseball to Colorado (especially the Pittsburgh Pirates nearly moving to Denver following the Pittsburgh drug trials in 1985), by the early 1990s a team seemed to be a chance in Denver. Larry Varnell banking executive who led the Colorado Baseball Commission, was victorious in getting Denver voters to approve a 0.1 percent sales tax to help finance a new baseball stadium. In addition, an advisory committee was also formed in the year 1990 by then-Governor of Colorado Roy Romer to take on an ownership group. The selected group was led by John Antonucci who was an Ohio beverage distributor and Michael I. Monus who was the head of the Phar-Mor drugstore chain.