Friday, March 9, 2012

Houston Astros Will Wear Colt .45s Jerseys After MLB Drops Gun Control Bid News) The Houston Astros' plan to pay tribute to their roots by wearing throwback uniforms with a smoking Colt .45 across the chest is back on, after Major League Baseball dropped its objections.

Nobody batted an eye in 1962 when the Astros’ forebears, the Houston Colt .45s, first took the field. But with views toward guns changing over the decades, Major League Baseball balked at the team’s plan to mark its fiftieth season by donning the retro jerseys. League officials first said the gun that won the west had no business on the uniforms, but then said it was up to the team.

Owner Jim Crane said Friday the guns will be on the replicas of original Colt .45s jerseys during the April 10 and April 20 games at Minute Maid Park.

"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..."


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