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10 Facts About the Houston Astros

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The Houston Astros are an American professional baseball team based in Houston, Texas.

Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas and the fourth-most populous city in the United States.

Texas is the second largest state in the United States by both area and population.

Professional baseball is played in leagues throughout the world.

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The Astros compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West division, having moved to the division in 2013 after spending their first 51 seasons in the National League.

The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, known simply as the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, and the world's oldest current professional team sports league.

The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the American League, is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada.

West Division is a townland of 6,739 acres in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

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The Astros have played their home games at Minute Maid Park since 2000.

Minute Maid Park, previously known as The Ballpark at Union Station, Enron Field, and Astros Field, is a ballpark in Downtown Houston, Texas, United States, that opened in 2000 to house the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball.

Minute Maid is a product line of beverages, usually associated with lemonade or orange juice, but which now extends to soft drinks of many kinds, including Hi-C.

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The Astros were established as the Houston Colt.45s and entered the National League as an expansion team in 1962 along with the New York Mets.

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The current name—reflecting Houston's role as the control center of the U.S. crewed space program—was adopted three years later, when they moved into the Astrodome, the first domed sports stadium.

The NRG Astrodome, also known as the Houston Astrodome or simply the Astrodome, is the world's first multi-purpose, domed sports stadium, located in Houston, Texas.

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The Astros played in the NL from 1962 to 2012, first in the West Division from 1969 to 1993, followed by the Central Division from 1994 to 2012.

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The team was reclassified to the American League West from 2013 onward.

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While a member of the NL, the Astros played in one World Series in 2005, losing in four games to the Chicago White Sox.

The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League champion team and the National League champion team.

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In 2017, they became the first franchise in MLB history to have won a pennant in both the NL and the AL, when they defeated the New York Yankees in the ALCS.

The American League Championship Series is a best-of-seven series played in October in the Major League Baseball postseason that determines the winner of the American League pennant.

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They won the 2017 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning four games to three, earning the team, and the state of Texas, its first World Series title.

2017 is the current year, and is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2017th year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, the 17th year of the 3rd millennium, the 17th year of the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2010s decade.

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