#Shortstops: Houston history in Cooperstown
On Jan. 3, 1962, Judge Roy Hofheinz and other Houston officials fired blanks from Colt .45 pistols into the dirt for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Astrodome. Houston was awarded an expansion team, conditional on having an indoor stadium. Hofheinz, a former mayor, campaign manager for Lyndon B. Johonson, real-estate developer and now president of the new expansion team, fulfilled that condition in grand style.
The Astrodome and its scoreboard helped create the stadium environment we know now. Today’s baseball fans can count on the video scoreboards to provide information and entertainment before and during the game, but even the current largest board in Major League Baseball is still less than half the length of the Astrolite.
Rachel Kingham was the 2019 special events intern in the Hall of Fame’s Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program for Youth Leadership Development