50 years ago today the Colt .45s played their first game against the Chicago Cubs. The decisive victory launched the franchise that is now known as the Houston Astros. Currently the Astros are in a state of transition as the team is filled with youth and the franchise faces a move to the American League West. Let's save that for another time. Today, let's celebrate the past. Here's a video to commemorate the franchise's 50 years of existence.