The Houston Astros Need New Uniforms

Richard ZowieCorrespondent IJune 5, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 16: Carlos Lee #45 of the Houston Astros hits the ball against the Chicago Cubs on May 16, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Astros 5-4. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

For 10 years I've suffered seeing the Houston Astros wearing the ugliest imaginable uniforms.

Their official colors: black, brick, sand, gray and white.

Brick is a dark red with some orange mixed in while sand, well, that's self-explanatory.

When I was a lad, Houston wore orange and blue. When I began cheering for them in 1982, they had the rainbow look (which I've never cared for). Then in 1994, they changed to something completely different by switching to blue and gold and adopting the shooting star look.

ZOWIE! I thought, hoping it was ok to take my surname* in vain.

And then came the move to the former Enron Field, location of a former train depot. Astros owner Drayton McLane, in his wisdom decided to give Houston a look that reflected trains—even though they're still called the Astros (derived from the Greek word for star and short for Astronaut, a homage to Houston's space exploration industry).

So, out went those uniforms and in came new unis, pinstripes (unless you're the Yankees, Cubs or Phillies, pinstripes tend to be very hit-or-miss), hideous colors (including the most overused and overrated color in sports, black) and a boring logo.

What would I like to see? I love the royal blue, red and silver from the NASA logo, but what I'd really like to see is Houston do a modernized look on their 1960s "shooting star" logo.

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Perhaps something that shows a cascading trail of tiny stars following the larger star. And, yes, I think it would be great if Houston brought back the blue and orange. Perhaps a lighter blue, around royal blue.

I know it's popular to have uniforms for Sundays, afternoons, Fourth of July, your best friend's third cousin's bar mitzvah and so on, but I find myself wishing Houston would do a home uniform, road uniform (with a road cap) and nothing else.

I've been told Mr. McLane likes these unis. 

* To answer any questions you might have, yes, Zowie is my real surname. My German-American grandfather's surname was Zahnweh, and it was later Americanized to Zowie.

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