September 12, 1997 |
Opponent--Houston Astros, three games. * Site--Astrodome. * Tonight--5. * TV--Channel 5 today, Saturday and Sunday. * Radio--KABC (790), KWKW (1330). * Records--Dodgers 81-65, Astros 73-72. * Record vs. Astros--3-5. DODGERS' CHAN HO PARK (13-6, 3.31 ERA) vs. ASTROS' SHANE REYNOLDS (6-10, 4.42 ERA) * Update--This is the start of a seven-game trip that includes two in St. Louis and a two-game showdown in San Francisco next Wednesday and Thursday.
August 7, 1986 |
The words were spoken more in anger than prophecy, but Karen Matuszek had heard in advance from her irritated husband what would transpire at Dodger Stadium Wednesday. Fair warning, however, was not given to the Houston Astros. Len Matuszek waited until the game to put the drop on the Astros with the first two-homer game of his career, punctuating the Dodgers' 7-4 win before a crowd of 40,709.
October 1, 1987 |
Talbot Wilson, who went into the outfield of the new Houston Astrodome to shag fly balls after players complained that the light was so poor they couldn't see the baseball, died Saturday of unannounced causes. Wilson, 74, was a chief designer of the Astrodome. When the indoor arena opened in 1965 and baseball players complained that the skylights diffused the sunlight so much they couldn't see fly balls, Wilson checked out the complaints himself before ordering alterations.
September 12, 1998 |
Mark McGwire went one for four with a single Friday night, remaining at 62 home runs in the St. Louis Cardinals' 8-2 loss to the Houston Astros before 52,186 at the Astrodome, the second-largest crowd in the stadium's history. McGwire, who has five homers against the Astros this year, is homerless in nine at-bats since hitting the record-breaking No. 62 off Chicago's Steve Trachsel Tuesday in St. Louis.
April 11, 1999 |
They could have used shovels for the groundbreaking, but this called for Texas flair. The guests fired Colt .45 pistols into a vacant lot, marking the start of Harris County Domed Stadium, otherwise known as the Astrodome. The man behind the project, Judge Roy Hofheinz, modestly suggested the stadium be dubbed the Eighth Wonder of the World. That was 34 years and several facelifts ago. Now the Astrodome is losing its oldest tenant.
September 4, 1988 |
If the Houston Astrodome was the brainchild of flamboyant Judge Roy Hofheinz, the 40,000-light scoreboard that spanned nearly 500 feet of the stadium's back wall could be seen as the twinkle in his eye. The judge is long gone -- banished from the dome by financial problems and felled by illnesses that eventually cost him his life. And now the famed scoreboard -- with its snorting bull, lighted flags and blazing cowboy pistols -- soon will be just a memory.