Along with other historical markers, the 2005 season marked the first time the Astros franchise made an appearance in the World Series. After having a rough start, only winning 15 of their first 45 games, the team went 74-43 over their final 117 games to clinch the NL wild card.
Houston faced the Atlanta Braves in the National League Divisional Playoff round. After 4 games, Houston took the series 3 games to one. This series featured an 18-inning game 4 that records as the longest playoff game in history, ending with walk off homerun from Chris Burke for a final score of 7-6.
Next, they were up against the division leading St. Louis Cardinals. After losing 11 out of their 16 matchups, Houston thought they were going to have difficulties. Fortunately, the baseball gods took over and blessed the team with a certain spark of magic that lifted them to winning the series 4-2. This win advanced the Astros to face off against the Chicago White Sox. Sadly, Chicago was having their best season in years and swept the series 4-0.
Many memorable players were among this team: #5 Jeff Bagwell, #17 Lance Berkman, #7 Craig Biggio, #21 Andy Pettitte, #44 Roy Oswalt, and # 54 Brad Lidge. This 6 made the biggest impact on the throughout their years and received many awards. Craig Biggio and longtime teammate Jeff Bagwell were inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and honored with a memorial outside Minute Maid Park. Roy Oswalt received the Most Valuable Player award for the 2005 National League Championship Series.