Decision rendered: Astros to wear original Colt .45s jersey

Thanks to everyone who posted comments on this blog, and who voiced opinions through other avenues as the club weighed the option of keeping the Colt .45s jersey in its original form when the Astros wear it on “Flashback Fridays.” 

The verdict: the jersey will look as it did 50 years ago, pistol and all. The official release from the club:

Houston Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane announced today that the Astros will wear replicas of their original Colt .45s jersey during the April 10 and April 20 games at Minute Maid Park.

The jersey, worn when the ballclub was named the Colt .45s in its first three years of existence (1962-64), included a pistol below the name “Colts” across the chest of the uniform.  This week, the Astros heard from thousands of fans who were passionate and virtually unanimous in their support of the authentic Colt .45s jersey.

“We made this decision for a number of reasons,” said Crane. “We listened to our fans, who were almost unanimously in favor of wearing the original jersey. We wanted to honor all of our past uniforms during this special 50th anniversary season, and we felt it was important to be true to the tradition of the franchise.”

As part of the Astros 50th anniversary celebration, the team will wear a different uniform from its past each Friday home game during “Flashback Fridays.” The one exception will be on Opening Day, Friday, April 6, when the club will wear its current uniform. The Astros will wear the Colt .45s uniform for the first time on April 10 vs. Atlanta commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first game in franchise history, which was an 11-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on April 10, 1962. The team will also wear the Colt .45s uniform during the Friday, April 20 game vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Each month, “Flashback Fridays” will feature a different uniform from the team’s past. Several additional promotions recognizing the 50th anniversary are scheduled throughout the 2012 season and a complete listing is available at

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Yes! This is a great day for Astros fans and common sense. I look forward to seeing them wear this classic uniform on the field.

Well done Astros. Thanks.

Yay!! Power to the people!

Two thumbs up!!!

I wish that they used that cap with the current uni’s Would love to see the black make a return.

Excellent, glad the right thing is being done. Now if only we could get that silly AL move decision overturned.

Anyone else want one of the flashback uniforms to be the black tops with the big red star over the heart from the early MMP years?

Now they just need to start selling those jerseys too. As I need one.

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The Colt .45 is a gun, right? I don’t like guns at all, but I don’t see why there would be a debate.

Why don’t you like guns Ping? Did a gun jump off the kitchen table and scare your mommy when she was pregnant with you? Did a gun run over your doggy with a pickup truck? Did a gun throw a dodge ball in your face when you were in grade school? MMMMM, Just wondering why you are afraid of guns!

I’m calling Janet Napolitano and her TSA Gestapo. How can you people feel safe with 25 men on the field carrying guns on their shirts? You Texas people must have a death wish! OMG I hope Janet answers my phone call before all hell breaks loose in your stadium! Don’t point that shirt at me! I’ll sue you!

So far I’m loving this new owner!!!🙂🙂🙂🙂

George, what’s the big deal if phan52 doesn’t like guns? I bet you there’s stuff you don’t like.


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