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The Houston Astros came into being as a result of the famous Continental League intimidation of 1959. That year a group of would-be baseball team owners who were frustrated by the refusal of MLB to expand operations announced they would form a new league to directly compete with the American and National Leagues. With considerable money and determination behind the proposed league, MLB surrendered without a shot being fired or a season being scheduled. The two professional baseball leagues agreed to expand from 8 to 10 teams each, opening up 4 new markets. The forces behind the Continental League got their franchises and the Continental League folded without ever playing a game.
Prior to 2004 the Houston Astros’ postseason success consisted of making it into the playoffs 7 times in 43 years. They never won a single postseason series, being eliminated in the first round by the Philadelphia Phillies (1980), Los Angeles Dodgers (1981), New York Mets (1986), Atlanta Braves (1997, 1999, 2001), and the San Diego Padres (1998).
All that changed in 2004 when the team eliminated their nemesis, the Atlanta Braves, in 5 games in the NLDS. The Houston Astros lost that season’s National League Championship Series in a hard fought 7 game series against the St.Louis Cardinals. Having tasted postseason success, the club was back again in 2005 and made it all the way to the team’s first World Series. After once again eliminating the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS, the Astros took revenge on the Cardinals in the league championship series and won the right to face the American League Champion Chicago White Sox for the World Series title. But
The Houston Astros have been one of the strongest home field draws in baseball in recent years. In 2006 and 2007 the franchise broke the 3,000,000 mark in attendance and only slipped slightly in 2008, drawing 2.8 million to Minute Maid Park, where the Astros (the only team in baseball named after a stadium) have played since leaving their namesake Astrodome in 1999.
The Houston Astros are in the 6-team Central Division of the 16-team National League of 30-team Major League Baseball.
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