The Astros were founded in 1962 as the Colt 45s. Runner up names included the Houston Winchester Rifles, the Houston Smith and Wesson 57s and the “Houston Air Rifles you used for shooting squirrels in 8th grade,” but that didn’t fit on the jerseys.
Prior to the Colt 45s, Houston had a pro ball club called the Houston Buffaloes from 1888 to 1961. In 1934, they considered changing their name to the Hairy Buffaloes.
The Astros battled the Chicago White Sox in the World Series in 2005. Although they lost, their fathers said they were proud because they did their best, and then took them to McDonald’s for hamburgers and milkshakes.