Originally known as the Colt .45s, that nickname was never appreciated by the Colt Firearm Company (who manufactured the weapon), so it was not a surprise when in 1965 the team changed their nickname to Astros. Houston was then the aeronautics center of the country and the hub of the space industry. The term Astros in reference to “astronaut” was a no-brainer.
Why are they called the Houston Astros?
Dan Holmes is the author of three books about baseball, including Ty Cobb: A Biography. He previously worked for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media. He lives in Michigan where he writes, runs, and enjoys a good orange soda now and again.