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 This page features a collection of historical documents, images, and oral histories from the Houston Area Digital Archives that spotlight the people and places associated with baseball in Houston.
Source: Houston, a history and guide, compiled by workers of the Writers’ Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas (1942)
“I have always been one to try to get new ideas,
“The Astrodome, I can still remember, we came back from spring training and we got back at night and when the team bus pulled up to the Astrodome, they had the lights on inside and we were all practically breathless with anticipation.”
“The day I walked on the field to coach baseball, I knew I was born to do it. And that is the first time I really knew that this was, really, I was very fortunate. I was picked for it.
Photographs in the Houston Area Digital Archives
Architectural drawings of Colt Stadium
Architectural drawings of the Astrodome (Harris County Sports Stadium
Astrodome items in the Houston Area Digital Archives
1965 promotional film of the Astrodome
Fred Hofheinz oral history