Houston Astros is a team of professional baseball players. Until 1999, it was part of the National League structure, where it spent 51 seasons. Since 2000, is a member of the Major League Baseball. Serves as part of the Western Division. The team was established in 1962 and is deployed in Houston, Texas.
After the formation, the club had a different name: for two years (until 1964 inclusive), it was called Houston Colt 45’s. The name was revised during the reign of Roy Hofheinz, who led the team until 1975, and then sold it to General Electric & Ford Motor Company.
In 1979, the entrepreneur John McMullen acquired the franchise. She belonged to him for almost 15 years. In 1993, she moved to Drayton McLane Jr. In 2011, it was bought by Jim Crane. And on November 15 of the same year, it was announced that the new owner would transfer the team to AL for the 2013 season. This event was part of the plans for the overall reorganization of MLB, for which the league’s leadership paid Crane $ 70 million.
The club’s original name is Houston Colt 45’s. It changed in 1965 due to the growing popularity of the space industry, because the city where the franchise is located has a direct relationship to it. It was in Houston that NASA has been training American astronauts since 1961, and Astros in Greek means “star.”
Houston Astros has a series of logos – from simple lettering to complex graphic symbols. The debut version shows a blue colt, but after changing the name, it was removed. In the 65th, he was replaced by the so-called Rondel – a classic sign in the center, surrounded by other elements.
Meaning and History
The Houston Astros Club appeared in 1962, which was then called the Houston Colt 46-s. The team has seven different logos, where the first 4 included both the name and the picture, and the current logo consists of actually one name on a blue background. Almost the entire history of the Houston Astros logo is a phased transformation of the word “Astros.” This continued until there was a version with a capital “H,” which begins the first part of the club name. Designers proposed it in 2013. The management liked it, so further improvements to the logo were temporarily stopped. After all, the approved version meets all the requirements of our time: it is easy to place on information carriers, is well recognizable, and has convenient typography. And it also contains a full “encryption” of the name.
1962 – 1964
The club’s first logo was created in 1962. It depicted a blue gun in which smoke from the gun barrel forms the letter “C” in the word “Colt.” Under the gun is the word “45-s.” At the very top, the word “Houston” is displayed in blue in a semicircle.
1965 – 1976
The club changes its name to Houston Astros. Their second logo depicted a white Astrodome on an orange background. Two baseballs rotate around the building, and in addition to the balls themselves, their trajectories are also drawn. This concept is reminiscent of the motion of atoms. Along with the stadium is the inscription “Astros” in blue.
1977 – 1993
The Astros logo has changed thanks to a smaller Astrodome in blue and white and an increase in the letters in the word Astros slightly. Baseballs and their trajectories remained on the logo, as before.
The new logo design included a dark blue stadium shape with a thin gold outline, on which was the name of the team. The word “Houston” is in white, and “Astros” is in gold with a white outline. Also, in the upper right corner is a flying golden star.
1995 – 1999
The stadium shape was completely removed from the 1995 logo, leaving only a golden flying star and the team name in blue. The location of the logo elements has not changed.
2000 – 2012
At the beginning of the 2000s, the club logo was changing again. In the new version, they use the abbreviated name of the team – “Astros” of black color with a thin yellow-brown contour and the same underline. Above the name is a brick-gold star.
2013 – present
A laconic emblem is now in use, where graphics perfectly convey all the necessary information. The central “H” stands for “Houston,” the five-pointed star for “Astros,” and the round rondel represents the continuation of tradition.
The logo has thin dividing lines that define a wide band with the full name of the club. This design makes the sign incredibly popular because it resembles the stars in the ring on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There is a solid blue stripe along the outer edge of the circle.
Font and Color of the Emblem
A classic element of this baseball team’s emblem is a large five-pointed star with an uppercase “H” in the background. The star is a tribute to the space traditions of the region because it is there that the main objects of the space industry are concentrated. The letter on the logo represents the name of the club and the city where it is based. A ring surrounds them. It is followed by a wide blue stripe with the team’s full name: at the top, it says “Houston,” at the bottom – “Astros.” Early versions also featured the main observatory building and an orbit with a satellite.
Initially, the designers proposed a chopped typeface for the logo with single-pointed lines that personified the star rays. Then came the version with handwritten text and lowercase letters. In 2013, a version was approved with a strong serif Player Bold, created by Patrick Griffin and pioneered by Canada Type.
The official team palette includes three colors, each of which is present in the emblem. The background is dark blue, the star and dividing lines are orange, the central letter and the club name are white.