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#OTD in 1964, we became the Houston Astros.

Name the first player you think of when you see this logo. pic.twitter.com/RgZSInwPRZ

— Houston Astros (@astros) December 1, 2021

The name is the brainchild of the late Harris County Judge Roy Hofheinz, who also owned the Colt Stadium ball club. That's where the team played for just three seasons before Hofheinz saw an opportunity to capitalize on public fascination with the NASA space program and Houston’s emerging role as Space City. So, Hofheinz decided in 1964 to change the team name to the Astros. The change came, coincidentally, just before the team would move to their new home, the iconic Astrodome, the next spring.

The Reliant Park Astrodome as seen from Reliant Stadium. People are now beginning to wonder about the buildings future after Houston's bid for the 2012 Olympics fell short earlier in the year. 8/04/03 Karl Stolleis/Houston Chronicle

The Reliant Park Astrodome as seen from Reliant Stadium. People are now beginning to wonder about the buildings future after Houston's bid for the 2012 Olympics fell short earlier in the year. 8/04/03 Karl Stolleis/Houston Chronicle

Karl Stolleis, staff photographer / Houston Chronicle

But the Colt .45s branding was a relic of old Texas and old Houston.

05/07/1962 - Houston Colt 45s Pitcher Bobby Tiefenauer, center, had nothing but praise for the slugging of his teammates during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Colt Stadium, May 1962. Outfielder John Weekly, left, and third baseman Bob Aspromonte hit home runs that brought Tiefenauer his first win of the season.
05/07/1962 - Houston Colt 45s Pitcher Bobby Tiefenauer, center, had nothing but praise for the slugging of his teammates during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Colt Stadium, May 1962. Outfielder John Weekly, left, and third baseman Bob Aspromonte hit home runs that brought Tiefenauer his first win of the season.Houston Chronicle

In its 57 years of existence, the team has brought the city a total of 15 postseason appearances, 11 of which were from winning their division, four pennants, at least one each from the American and National leagues; and a highly controversial World Series title.

Source : https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/trending/article/Happy-Birthday-Houston-Astros-name-turns-57-16669242.php

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