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.
1975 It was not his defining game for certain, but Joe Torre of the New York Mets grounded into four double plays in a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Felix Millan had four singles but was wiped out each time by Torre.
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’s Nolan Ryan passes Early Wynn as baseball’s all-time walks allowed leader, giving up two walks in a Houston Astros 3-0 win over the New York Mets to raise his total to 1, 777. Of course, Ryan also fans ten batters while pitching a five-hitter.
The Giants beat the Astros 8-6 in the first game of a doubleheader at Candlestick Park. In the second inning, Houston’s Bob Watson scores what is calculated as MLB’s millionth run of all time. Philadelphia’s Wes Fisler scored the first run on April 22, 1876.
Rookie left-hander Jim Deshaies set a MLB record by striking out eight to start the game and finished with a two-hitter and 10 strikeouts in leading the Houston Astros past the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0.
The San Francisco Giants beat the Astros 8-6 in the first game of a doubleheader at Candlestick Park. In the second inning, the Houston Astros’ Bob Watson scores what is calculated as major league baseball’s millionth run of all time. Philadelphia National Wes Fisler scored the first run on April 22, 1876.
Bob Forsch of the St. Louis Cardinals no-hits the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-0. Less than a year later, Bob’s brother, Ken, of the Houston Astros pitches a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves. Although there have been several cases of one brother achieving this milestone – such as Frank Pfeffer, Jesse Barnes, Paul Dean, Phil Niekro, and Gaylord Perry – it marks…