Astros took longer than expected

11/2/2005 - Houston Astros

Yes, 44 seasons seems like a long time for a franchise to reach its first World Series. But consider:

" The Texas Rangers, born in 1961 as the new Washington Senators, still haven't reached the World Series;

" The Angels, who began life in 1961 as the Los Angeles Angels (and have taken many names since), have played in only one World Series (and won);