TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) It’s probably a stretch to say the foundation of Major League Baseball’s World Champion Houston Astros was laid in 1992, but if you know your baseball history you could make the argument.
Drayton McLane. (Photo by Greg Crosby)
In 1992 Drayton McLane purchased the Houston Astros.
In the 19 years of his ownership he definitely left his mark on the ball club and on the city.
After several winning seasons with Hall of Famers Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, Houston made its first World Series appearance in 2005.
The Astros ultimately lost four game straight to the Chicago White Sox.
“We helped build it and they helped improve it” says Drayton.
Many of his building blocks are still standing today.
McLane is credited with moving the Astros from the famed ninth wonder of the world, the Astrodome to Minute Maid Park.
“Baseball is an outdoor sport and is usually played downtown," McLane said, and that’s the experience he tried to provide.
Notable players on the 2017 championship team got their minor league start under McLane's ownership.
“Springer the center fielder was drafted and he’s just a great player. Altuve I think he’s probably the best hitter in baseball, we drafted him in the international draft” McLane recalls.
In 2011 McLane sold the team to current owner Jim Crane for $680 million.
He’s excited about the Astros' accomplishments and what the victory means for the people of Houston.
“This is a great group of players there going to get out in the community and people will see them and I think it will lift their spirits especially with all they’ve endured with hurricane Harvey”.