The Houston Astros is a Houston, Texas based Major League Baseball team. The team is a member of the Central Division of the National League. Since the year 2000, the team has played their home games at Minute Maid Park, which was formerly known as Enron Field.
The Astros became a part of MLB under the name Colt .45s along with the New York Mets in the year 1962. Drayton McLane, Jr. Minute Maid is the current majority owner of the team, the Houston-based fruit juice manufacturer after whom the Astros' stadium is named, holds a minority stake in the team.
The Houston Astros have had one World Series appearance in the teams’ history, in the year 2005 against the Chicago White Sox. The team has made the postseason nine times, which includes four times as Central Division champions, three times as Western Division champions, and twice as the National League wild card.
Houston Astros had been making efforts in order to bring a Major League franchise to the city before the expansion in the year1962. There were four men majorly responsible for putting up Major League Baseball to Houston: George Kirksey and Craig Cullinan, who led a futile attempt to buy the St. Louis Cardinals in 1952; R.E. "Bob" Smith, a well-known oilman and real estate magnate in Houston who was brought in for his financial resources; and Judge Roy Hofheinz, a former Mayor of Houston and Harris County Judge who was recruited for his salesmanship.