Astros end postseason frustration
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ After losing five games in their history that
would have clinched a National League pennant, the Houston Astros
can finally say they are headed to the World Series.
The Astros won the first National League championship of their
44-year history tonight beating the St. Louis Cardinals 5-to-1 in
Game Six of the N-L-C-S.
Houston's heartbreakers go back to 1980 when they lost three
games to two to Philadelphia in what was then a best-of-five league
Six years later they fell to the New York Mets in the N-L-C-S
four games to two. Then there was last season, when the Astros went
to St. Louis needing just one win for the N-L pennant, but they
lost Games Six and Seven.
The Astros' first World Series appearance comes 45 years after
Houston was awarded an expansion franchise at a National League
meeting in Chicago. The Astros open the World Series in the Windy
City Saturday night.