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  • Birth of Houston Sports Unlimited 1957 Watch Video On Jan. 4, 1957, The Houston Sports Unlimited (also known as the "Houston Sports Syndicate") is formed to represent Houston to other Major League Baseball owners. Thirty-five shares are sold at $30,000 each. Read More »
  • Demand for baseball in Houston grows 1958 The Harris County Parks Commission is established and legalized by the Texas State Legislature. Harris County Senator Searcy Bracewell had introduced the idea as public demand for Major League Baseball in Houston grew. Read More »
  • Talks of a third league 1959 National League and American League officials meet in New York City with officials from the newly formed Continental League to discuss future plans for a potential third major league. Read More »
  • Houston, New York awarded expansion franchises 1960 The baseball Commissioner's committee to study expansion meets with Continental League officials in Chicago. With pressure mounting from the proposed Continental League, owners decide to consider an expansion plan. Read More »
  • A new team gets its name 1961 The Houston Sports Association announces the name of the new Houston Major League team will be the "Colts," and construction begins on the temporary Colt Stadium. Read More »
  • New team takes the field 1962 With domed stadium plans moving forward, the Colt .45s open Colt Stadium with an 11-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Houston's first ever regular-season game. Read More »
  • Firsts continue in second season 1963 During the year in which construction officially begins on the new Harris County Domed Stadium, the Colt .45s make history of their own on the field. On May 17, Don Nottebart pitches the first no-hitter in Houston history. Read More »
  • Colts name ends with rough season 1964 On April 23, Ken Johnson throws a no-hitter but loses. A tough season ends on Sept 27, 1964, and the game marks the last ever game for the Colt .45s at Colt Stadium. They go out with a bang, winning 1-0. Read More »
  • The Eighth Wonder of the World 1965 The first regular-season game in the Astrodome takes place on April 12 between the Astros and Phillies. Philadelphia wins, 2-0, in front of an official crowd of 42,652. Read More »
  • Astroturf replaces natural grass 1966 Before the beginning of the 1966 season, the Astros officially announce that the use of Astroturf (in the infield only) will begin during exhibition games. By the end of the season, the entire field will be an artificial surface. Read More »
  • Wilson's no-hitter comes in historic year 1967 After getting off to a relatively slow start, the Astros find a bright spot on June 18 as Don Wilson strikes out Hank Aaron to defeat the Atlanta Braves, 2-0, and complete the first no-hitter by an Astro and the first in Astrodome history. Read More »
  • Baseball's All-Star Game comes to Houston 1968 Astros fans receive bonus baseball when, on July 9, the 39th All-Star Game is played in the Astrodome. It is the first All-Star Game for the city of Houston and it is the first to be played at night, indoors or on artificial turf. Read More »
  • Dominant pitching creates high hopes at decade's end 1969 The Astros' staff finishes the season with a record-breaking 1,221 strikeouts, passing the previous mark set of 1,189 by the Cleveland Indians in 1967. Hopes are high for the Astros as they head into a new decade of baseball in the Astrodome. Read More »
  • Wynn reaches new heights 1970 The 1970 season begins with a bang when, in the sixth game of the season, Jimmy Wynn becomes the first player to hit a home run into the Astrodome upper deck in a regular-season game. Read More »
  • New uniforms, new field and triple plays 1971 The Astros introduce new jerseys featuring the second version of the shooting star logo and add sliding pits rather than the traditional all-dirt part of the field. During the season, they turn two triple plays. Read More »
  • Shortened dimensions but more wins 1972 With new dimensions at home, the Astros finish the 1972 season with a record of 84-69, setting the mark for the best record in franchise history and earning a second-place finish in the NL West. Read More »
  • Balanced team and balanced record 1973 After a rare in-season exhibition, the Astros finish with a record of 82-80. The team has several bright spots, including four players with 20 or more home runs and two starting pitchers with 16 or more wins. Read More »
  • Two Astros reach 100 wins 1974 Although the 1974 Astros finish 81-81, they reach several milestones. Two of the Astros' top starters, Larry Dierker and Don Wilson, get their 100th career wins, becoming the first to do so in Astros history. Read More »
  • Ten years in the Astrodome 1975 In 1975, the Astros mark the 10th anniversary of the Astrodome with a large cake bearing a likeness of the stadium on the Astrodome field. On the field, things take a step back for the Astros in 1975, as the team finishes with a record of 64-97. Read More »
  • A fifth no-hitter and some breakout seasons 1976 Larry Dierker, who had previously thrown two one-hitters, makes the season one for the record books when he tosses a no-hitter against the Montreal Expos. Bob Watson, coming off an All-Star selection, receives MVP votes. Read More »
  • Second-half surge helps Astros to .500 1977 J.R. Richard has one of the best seasons in recent memory, finishing the season with a record of 18-12 and an ERA of 2.97. That helps fuel a second-half surge that lifts the Astros to the .500 mark. Read More »
  • Richard sets NL strikeout record 1978 J.R. Richard builds on his 1977 season with an even better performance in 1978. With 303 strikeouts, he breaks Tom Seaver's previous record for a righty in a season and becomes the first National League pitcher to reach the 300-strikeout plateau. Read More »
  • No-hitter No. 6 as pitching paces Astros 1979 Watch Video Led by one of the best pitching staffs in baseball, the Astros have a rebound season in 1979. Ken Forsch goes 11-6 in 24 starts and throws the sixth no-hitter in franchise history. J.R. Richard wins 18 games and breaks his own strikeout record. Read More »
  • Dramatic finish yields first playoff berth 1980 Watch Video Despite the loss of J.R. Richard, the Astros win a one-game playoff against the Dodgers to secure their first postseason appearance in team history. They fall in a decisive Game 5 of a classic NLCS against the Phillies. Read More »
  • Strike-shortened season helps Astros 1981 Watch Video For the second straight season, the Astros make the playoffs -- this time thanks to the split-season format -- and fall in a decisive fifth game. Nolan Ryan adds his MLB-record fifth no-hitter. Read More »
  • Niekro, Ryan reach milestone wins 1982 Although the team does not play as well as originally hoped, several Astros do reach milestones. Nolan Ryan wins his 200th game and Joe Niekro wins the 100th game of his career against the Montreal Expos.  Read More »
  • Ryan sets strikeout record, then sees it broken 1983 Watch Video The biggest storyline of the 1983 season is that of Nolan Ryan and his pursuit of Walter Johnson's all-time strikeout record. After a DL stint, Ryan breaks the mark but surrenders it to Steve Carlton before season's end. Ryan would later reclaim it for good. Read More »
  • Astros overcome injuries to make late run 1984 The Astros start off the 1984 season relatively slowly and lose All-Star Dickie Thon to an injury sustained when he is hit in the head by a pitch on April 10. Moving forward without Thon, the Astros have the oldest roster in the National League. Read More »
  • Ryan gets strikeout No. 4,000 as Astrodome turns 20 1985 Watch Video Mickey Mantle comes back to the Astrodome to celebrate its 20th anniversary, and Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher in Major League Baseball history to strike out 4,000 batters. Read More »
  • A no-hitter to clinch, and then a classic NLCS 1986 Watch Video Mike Scott's no-hitter clinches the division and sets up a playoff series against the Mets, who defeated the Astros in six games. The finale lasts 16 innings. Read More »
  • As age shows, Astros gather new generation 1987 Watch Video Glenn Davis leads the Astros with 27 home runs and 93 RBIs, but the team shows its age. The Astros does show some signs of promise, however. Ken Caminiti makes his debut, and the team selects a small catcher named Craig Biggio. Read More »
  • Renovations to field can't lift Astros on it 1988 Watch Video The Astros celebrate their 2,000th game at the Astrodome by upgrading the Astroturf to the new Astroturf-8 system that gives the team a separate playing surface from the Houston Oilers. Mike Scott throws a one-hit shutout. Read More »
  • Biggio shows his speed in year of streaks 1989 Watch Video The 1989 season is a roller coaster for the Astros and their fans as the team ties the club record with 10 wins in a row and even takes a 22-inning game. But multiple losing streaks keep the Astros out of the playoffs. Craig Biggio steals 20 bases. Read More »
  • Yelding sets steals record; a future icon arrives via trade 1990 Although 1990 proves to be a relatively down year, one bright spot emerges in the pitching staff. Danny Darwin leads the National League with an ERA of 2.21. Eric Yelding sets a franchise record for steals, and the Astros trade for Jeff Bagwell. Read More »
  • Bagwell bursts on scene as Astros rebuild 1991 Watch Video After hitting his first home run in Atlanta, Jeff Bagwell never looks back and continues to play well throughout the season, finishing with a .294 average, 15 home runs and 82 RBIs. He becomes the first Astro to be named Rookie of the Year. Read More »
  • Sale to McLane caps busy year 1992 Watch Video The Republican National Convention forces the Astros to take a 26-game road trip. A little more than a month after the end of the regular season, new Astros owner Drayton McLane Jr. is introduced to the media. Read More »
  • Offensive explosion produces broken records 1993 Watch Video The Astros offense explodes for one its best seasons to date, setting franchise records in a variety of categories, including batting average (.267), home runs (138) and doubles (288). Darryl Kile throws a no-hitter in September. Read More »
  • Strike cuts short promising season 1994 Watch Video Jeff Bagwell becomes the first MVP winner in Astros history and just the third unanimous selection in the history of the Major Leagues. But a strike costs the Astros any chance at playoff glory. Read More »
  • Offense not enough as Wild Card spot proves elusive 1995 With the second-best offense in the National League firing on all cylinders, the Astros make a push for the first-ever National League Wild Card spot, but they come up one game short. Read More »
  • Astros honor Ryan, welcome Dierker as manager 1996 Watch Video A brief stop in first place doesn't help the Astros, who retire Nolan Ryan's No. 34 on the final day of the season. They also see Craig Biggio win another Gold Glove and hire Larry Dierker as manager. Read More »
  • Biggio, Bagwell, Dierker lead Astros back to the playoffs 1997 Watch Video The Astros make their first playoff appearance since 1986. Jeff Bagwell continues to shine and sets club records in home runs (43), RBIs (135), total bases (335) and extra-base hits (85). Craig Biggio doesn't hit into a single double play. Read More »
  • A big trade and a record-setting season 1998 Watch Video The Astros enter the 1998 season looking to build on the success of the 1997 season, and they do just that by jumping out to an early National League Central lead. They also make a splash by trading for Randy Johnson. Read More »
  • Sending off the Astrodome with a division title 1999 Watch Video In what is truly one of the most special nights in franchise history, the Astros clinch the division title on the final night of the season. The game is also the final regular-season matchup in the history of the Astrodome. The Astros would fall in the NLDS. Read More »
  • A new ballpark and a new attendance record 2000 Despite a new stadium, the Astros' 2000 season does not live up to the expectations resulting from the success of the previous three seasons. The Astros do shatter their all-time attendance record by surpassing the 3 million fan mark in their downtown ballpark. Read More »
  • Astros ride second-half surge to NLDS 2001 Watch Video The Astros close out the season with an amazing 59-36 record (.621 winning percentage) and just edge out the St. Louis Cardinals in an NL Central race that goes down to the wire. But they still fall to the Braves in a three-game sweep. Read More »
  • Berkman shines under Williams' lead 2002 Following a tough playoff loss, manager Larry Dierker announces his resignation and former Red Sox manager Jimy Williams replaces him. Lance Berkman has an MVP-caliber year, leading the NL in RBIs and making the All-Star Game. Read More »
  • A no-hitter, new faces -- and an old one in a new place 2003 Watch Video The 2003 Astros enter the season as the NL Central favorite behind two dominant young pitchers in Roy Oswalt and Wade Miller along with new second baseman Jeff Kent. The season's highlight comes with a six-pitcher no-hitter of the Yankees. Read More »
  • Bid for a pennant comes up one game short 2004 Watch Video The Astros sign Roger Clemens, host the All-Star Game at Minute Maid Park and come within one win of the team's first National League pennant. Read More »
  • At long last, a World Series appearance 2005 Watch Video A second-half surge and some revenge in the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals earns the Astros their first ever Word Series appearance. The White Sox sweep them in four games. Read More »
  • A late run comes up short 2006 Following the team's first World Series appearance, the Astros open the 2006 season without Roger Clemens and franchise icon Jeff Bagwell. Shoulder problems essentially end Bagwell's playing career, but the team still makes a late run before falling short of the playoffs. Read More »
  • Biggio caps historic career with hit No. 3,000 2007 Watch Video The Astros enter the 2007 campaign after an offseason of change, parting ways with Andy Pettitte and Roger Clemens but adding free agent Carlos Lee from the Brewers. Craig Biggio enters 2007 just 70 hits short of 3,000 career hits. Read More »
  • A home series on the road and another close call 2008 Expecting to make a return to the playoffs, the Astros add veterans Miguel Tejada, Kazuo Matsui, Jose Valverde and Darin Erstad in the offseason. But Hurricane Ike helps derail their playoff plans. Read More »
  • Midseason success wilts away in August and September 2009 After narrowly missing the playoffs in 2008, the Astros start the 2009 campaign with a 49-46 record through July 22. But they struggle down the stretch and finish the year in fifth place in the NL Central with a record of 74-88. Read More »
  • Astros gather young talent as Bourn flashes leather 2010 Watch Video With an aging roster and a tough start to the season (40-59 on July 26), the Astros take the first steps in a rebuilding process to infuse young talent into the organization. Michael Bourn wins a second consecutive Gold Glove Award. Read More »
  • New ownership continues youth movement 2011 Watch Video After beginning the rebuilding process in 2010 with the trades of Lance Berkman and Roy Oswalt, the Astros continue in 2011 with several key moves. They also complete the sale to Jim Crane. Read More »