HOUSTON - Tuesday, April 10, was a truly special day as the Houston Astros continued their celebration of the 50th anniversary in Major League Baseball.
The first of the Astros much-anticipated ‘Flashback’ promotional nights took place and it included the return of the popular Colt .45s jerseys and the honoring of several of the franchise’s most popular icons.
On Tuesday night, the Astros players wore the original Colt .45s jersey, which included the pistol on the front. Bob Aspromonte, a member of the first Colt .45s team in 1962, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Aspromonte was 3-for-4 and scored the first run in franchise history in the Colt .45s’ 11-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on April 10, 1962 at Colt Stadium in Houston. Tuesday will mark the 50th anniversary of that first game.
Also being honored were former Colt .45s/Astros players Larry Dierker and Jimmy Wynn, former Astros player Jose Cruz and Astros television broadcaster Bill Brown.
Hall of Fame broadcasters Milo Hamilton and Gene Elston were also inducted into the new Houston Astros Walk of Fame along Texas Street just outside Minute Maid Park.