President Lyndon B. Johnson joins 47,878 fans for the opening of the Astrodome in Houston, TX. The Astros win an exhibition with the Yankees 2-1 in 12 innings. Mickey Mantle hits the first-ever indoor home run in the new park.
1974 During a 12-0 win over the Astros, Phillies third baseman Mike Schmidt hits a ball off the public address speaker hanging from the Astrodome roof, 117 feet up and 300 feet from the plate. Alas, Schmidt must settle for a loud and large single.
Houston voters approve a bond to finance the construction of a luxury domed stadium, clearing the final hurdle standing between the city and Major League Baseball. Construction on the stadium began in 1962, and it officially opened in 1965. The stadium will be known as the Astrodome, and will be nicknamed the “8th Wonder of the World.” It served as home…