The Houston Astros are a Major League Baseball team located in Houston, Texas. Currently a member of the National League Central Division, the Astros will move to the American League West Division in 2013. The Astros have played their home games at Minute Maid Park since 2000. The Astros were established as the Houston Colt .45s in 1962. The current name was adopted three years later when they moved into the Astrodome, the world's first domed sports stadium. The name reflects Houston's role as the center of the U.S. Space Program. The Astros have one World Series appearance, in 2005 against the Chicago White Sox. Houston officials had been making efforts to bring a Major League team to Texas before the expansion in 1962. There were four men chiefly responsible for bringing Major League Baseball to Houston: George Kirksey and Craig Cullinan, who had led a futile attempt to purchase the St. Louis Cardinals in 1952; R.E.
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