Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas on April 4, 1975 · Page 43
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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · Page 43

Lubbock, Texas
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Friday, April 4, 1975
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6-C—LUBBOCK AVALANCHE JOURNAL- Friday Evening, April 4, 1975 By MICHAKL A. LUTZ HOUSTON (AP) — The first shots were fired, literally, Jan. 3, 1962 to- start construction on what it* builders modestly called "The Eighth Wpndor of the World' 1 and in the 10 years since its opening, the Astrodome has indeed become a wonder. Although that windy January day was the ceremonial;birth of the Astrodome, it had been heatedly discussed and cussed long before, two bond issues finally were approved for its construction. But this day, Harris County ami 'City officials, holding onto their Stetsons with one hand and ,45 caliber pistols with the other, trudged out onto the future'.site of the Astrodome, 260 Celebration To Mark Astrodome's 10th Birthday acres of prairie In the city's southwest section. , They fired their pistols into the ground to signify groundbreaking, Nobody lost any toes and. this previously quiel home of jack rabbits,' opossums and a few skunks hasn't known a quiet moment since. • The Astrodome will reach its 10-year milestone Wednesday and .the unusual ground-breaking ceremonies seemed to set the tone for the Astrodome's first 10 years. Very little of its history could be called'routine. While the pistols shots served as eviction notices to the animal residents of the 260 acres, the construction that took place there sent shock waves rippling throughout engineering and architectural circles. Engineering and architectural problems never before encountered were met and conquered. The Dome's roof, which lofted 208 feet into the Houston skyline, was the world's largest clear spanned structure at 642 feet until it was surpassed by New Orleans' Superdome. The stadium is fully air-conditioned with 6,000 tons of cooling capacity. The system can circulate 2.5 million cubic feet of air each minute. The first major problem came when excavation started for the Dome. It's playing surface is about 25 feet below ground level. The hole filled with untimely rain and delayed construction. Engineers also had to over- Fern Urnp Learning 'Tricks VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first woman umpire in major league baseball's training camps has a sure way to quiet pitchers who don't agree with her 'calls. "If you can knock a pitcher off the mound, that's the quick^ est way to get his respect," says' Oiristine Wren, 26, who has 'taken her share of abuse' while; calling nearly 400 amateur-;and college games on the. Pacific Coast. She says she sometimes throws fastballs back to the pitcher. It rarely fails. "If you can burn his hand enough, he'll get the message. I'm {willing to knock one oF them over if I have to," said Miss Wren. At 5-fool-7 and 135 pounds', she la dwarfed by many play- ers. To hold her own at the ball park. Miss Wren did some vocabulary-building. "I learned every four, five and six-letter word there is," she said."I don't think I'll ever [be in a position where I would use a few of them, but I've heard ali of them, believe me." iss Wren, whose home .is Spokane, Wash., played sottball with the touring Yakima Wildcats. She has officiated at jyn- ior football in Seattle and junior college baseball. Last winter she attended an umpire training school at Mis- 1 sion Hills, Calif., after which she was hired for the spring training games. . "She's as good a rookie as I'ye ever seen," says Jess Collier, who hires the umpires who| work with the Los Angeles Dodgers in spring traning. "She's quick, she's responsive. She's right down on the play and there's no showboating, just business . . . She'll make it. The Dodgers broke camp Sunday, but Christine remained behind to' umpire minor league exhibitions during the next two week's..She says she's hoping to be offered a contract to umpire regular-season minor league contests. She's already gone farther than the first woman umpire in professional baseball. Bernice Gera of New York, who won a long court battle and was finally allowed to umpire a minor league game two years ago, left the field after the first haJf of a doubleheader and never returned. come the possibility that the Astrodome would create its own rain. When un-air- conditioned the Astrodome created a greenhouse effect forming moisture on the roof. When the air-conditioning came on, it would serve as an artifical norther and turn the moisture into rain. To prevent this, the air-conditioning Tuns all the time—oven during tlie energy crisis. A plumbing problem also had to be solved to accommodate the possibility of a capacity crowd of 50,000 people using the restrooms during a 20-minute halftime. Such an action, city water department engineers said, would blow out every manhole o South Main Street. A huge tank was installed to hold the water until is could be pumped uniformly into the sewage system. The Dome opened April 9, 19G5 with a gala celebration that included an old-timers game. Mickey Mantle hit the first home run ever and baseball philosopher Satchel Page said: "This is the kind of place •a pitcher dreams of going to when he dies." The Astrodome became the home of the National League Houston Astros, the National Football League Oilers, and ,the University of Houston football team. When Oiler owner K.S. "Bud" Adams was, negotiating with Judge Roy Hpfheinz to play in the Dome, Adams said "If the Astrodome is the Eighth Wonder of the World, then the Judge's price for the lease is the ninth." Aside from its regular tenants, the Astrodome has rever- ated with everything from reli- gious fervor to bee-whine ~. motorcycle races to the snorts and oles of bloodless bull- lighting. Evangelist Billy Graham still holds record for the single largest crowd ever assembled in the Astrodome, 61,000 in 1965. In 1973 the Guru Maharaj Ji rented the place to a much smaller crowd. Elvis Presley holds the one- day attendance of 88,149 with matinee -and evening performances at the 1974 Houston Livestock show and rodeo. Before his famed Snake River leap, Evel Knievel set the world indoor motorcycle jump record, later broken by a teenage boy and a woman, A visitor who hasn't seen the Astrodome since its opening would be amazed at the growth of this young wonder. Astrohall, a 600,000 square feet exhibition center, opened Feb. 23, 1966. It was financed by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Association. 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Greer's Foolish Pleasure remains the solid favorite to win the Kentucky Derby May 3 despite suffering the first loss of his career. quite a sight from the outside. There will be 10 candles erected atop the Astrodome. Each .wi)l bs 24 feet tall and electrically lighted. Inside, there will be a ceremony at home plate prior to Houston's game against Atlanta, and an old-timers game. Mickey Mantle will try to du- plicate his home run feat of 10 years ago against the pitcher he hit the first one off-of. Ken Johnson. ' '. ; And they should bring back old Satch Paige, who' would probably say something philosophical like: "Don't look back, the Superdome mlgh^'be gain-' ing on you." " ' Before YOU buy GLASSES o CONTACT LENSES check pur LOW INFLATION FIGHTING PRICES Single Vision ONE GLASSES PRICE u rniuLO $2] 90 Bifocal and Trifocal GLASSES ONE PRICE Bring your OPTOMETRIST'S or M.D.'S prescription to be accurately filled in the frame of your choice from our large selection. 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