Houston Astros / Colt .45's Uniform History 1962-1996
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Houston joined MLB in 1962 as the Houston Colts. The nickname became the Colt .45's as ownership wanted to be clear that Colts meant the gun, not the horse. By 1965, embroiled in a dispute over mechandising with gun maker Colt Firearms, the team changed its name to Astros for the move into the new Astrodome. By the mid-1970's the team had one of the more colorful looks in baseball. The look was completely redesigned in 1994. In 2013, upon moving to the AL from the NL, the Astros returned to a look reminiscent of the 1960's.

Houston Colt .45's


Wilson (home), Spalding (road)

Wilson and MacGregor (home), Spalding (road)

Number removed on this one.

Houston Astros


Wilson (home), Spalding (road)

Embroiled in a dispute with Colt firearms, and moving into the new Astrodome, the team changes its name to Astros, and in turn creates one of the most classic home jerseys ever seen in MLB. Road jerseys don't change except for the Astros patch replacing the Texas flag.

Wilson (home), Rawlings (road)

MLB 100th anniversary sleeve patch is on both jerseys


Blue and orange are swapped. NOB added.

Wilson (home), Rawlings (road)

NOB missing here.


The team moves to double knit with zippers. Other than adding trim on the collar and sleeves the look is the same. A different sleeve patch is worn only on the road jersey (the home jersey sleeve patch was NOT changed, the HOF Database is wrong).

Wilson (home), Spalding (road)

You can always tell Spalding knit jerseys by the thick sleeve stripes, much thicker than Wilson. That goes for all teams.


Sleeve patches are the same once again on both home and road uniforms. Home jersey NOB changed to orange with navy trim.



NOB's are gone. They were added back later in the season, at least on home jerseys.



The rainbow jersey; no intoduction necessary. No need for separate home and road sets with these beauties. The cap gets brighter and turns nylon.

Medalist Sand-Knit


The back number returns to normal.

Medalist Sand-Knit


The new owner's wife wanted them to tone it down, so a new light grey jersey debuts along with the return of the navy cap, now with a blue button. It's used on the road, as is the rainbow jersey occasionally.

Medalist Sand-Knit


For home Sunday games, the Astros introduce an alternate white home jersey in the same style as the road one (anyone have a 1981 white?). Grey is always worn on the road.

Medalist Sand-Knit

NOB has been removed on this one.


The star on all jerseys except home white now has a white outline. Lettering (but not the star) changes to tackle twill, and has a white outline on road jerseys. During the season, the grey road jersey changes to cream.

Medalist Sand-Knit


Orange cap is retired, navy is worn home and road.

Medalist Sand-Knit


The home rainbow jersey star gets smaller and the "Astros" script gets larger and is centered. The star is now sewn on. On the white jersey, the star and lettering get a bit smaller and white trim is added. Goodman number font.

W. A. Goodman & Sons


Home jersey "Astros" script returns to its left aligned position.

W. A. Goodman & Sons

W. A. Goodman & Sons (home and road), Rawlings (road)

White jersey becomes the main home jersey, the rainbow jersey is officially an alternate, used less and less.

1986 home jerseys have All Star Game sleeve patch, road jerseys a 25th anniversary patch.


Bye bye rainbows - at least until the nostalgic 2010's.

W. A. Goodman & Sons and Rawlings


Pullovers give way to button-downs.

W. A. Goodman & Sons (home), Rawlings (home, road)

W. A. Goodman & Sons

Astrodome 25th anniversary patch worn in 1990.

Rawlings (home, road), Russell Athletic (road)

Russell Athletic (home, road), Rawlings (road)

Russell Athletic (home, road), W.A. Goodman & Sons (road)


Drayton McLane buys the team and changes the look to a rather un-inspired navy and gold with a shooting star logo with a chunk of the star missing. An Astrodome patch is worn on the sleeve.

Russell Athletic

MLB 125th anniversary patch worn in 1994.


Astrodome patch modified in 1995 for 30th anniversary.

Russell Athletic


Astrodome patch dropped.

Russell Athletic

35th anniversary patch worn 1996.

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