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Baseball in Houston

Baseball in Houston

From the Buffs to the Astros, some might say that Houston's history in the sport of baseball is almost as long as the seventh inning stretch. The first baseball club in Houston was established in 1861, and by 1902 amateur teams included the Houston Colts, Foley's Reds, and others. Buff Stadium was completed in 1928 as a home for the Houston Buffaloes (Buffs) team.

It was succeeded by Colt Stadium and later the Astrodome. In 1962, the Colt 45s played their first season when Houston was granted a National League expansion franchise. The team was renamed the Astros in 1965 when they moved to the newly completed Astrodome.

Today, the Houston Astros continue to play at Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston. This page features a collection of historical documents, images, and oral histories from the Houston Area Digital Archives that spotlight the people and places associated with baseball in Houston.

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