After receiving overwhelming support from fans and getting the go-ahead from Major League Baseball, the Houston Astros announced Friday that they will keep the pistol in the logo for their throwback Colt .45s jerseys.
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. The club said it 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 Astros Owner and Chairman Jim 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 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.
Major League Baseball had originally informed the Astros they couldn’t have the pistol on the jersey. However, after months of discussions with the team and after receiving feedback from fans saying they wanted the original uniform left intact, baseball officials informed Houston last week the decision would be left to the ballclub.