Houston sports teams have a long history of sweeping opponents. Unfortunately, they also have been swept a bit. Let’s examine this history.
On July 8 the Astros beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 to complete a four-game sweep. Coupled with the three-game sweep in Chicago back in April it marked the Houston Astros first ever seven-game season series sweep. It wasn’t their first season sweep nor was it the first season sweep in the history of Houston professional sports. Here is a look back at some of those seasons.
First things first. For the purpose of this story, a season sweep is two games or more. Since the NFL counts playoff games as part of the record those also count toward season sweep.
Since the Houston Oilers took the field for the first time in 1960 the city of Houston has not known a year without season sweeps. Even after the Oilers left town in 1997 the Astros and Rockets continued to sweep at least one opponent a year.
In the new millennium, the city of Houston has four teams that compete year in and year out to win as many games as they can. Without further ado, here is what has happened when Houston teams swept opponents.