“Inside The Astrodome” from 1965 is Gold Mine


Here’s the short version: This past weekend, on a visit to my birth hometown of Beeville, Texas, my younger brother, John McCurdy, gave me this copy of “Inside The Astrodome: Eighth Wonder of the World” from 1965.


It is an historical  treasure trove of little known facts and some long forgotten and never generally known information about the same iconic structure that now faces a future that hangs in the balance on our community’s ability to justify its continuation in a world that first demands that it be “re-purposed” into some kind of new attractive venue for commercial profit and/or public attraction – and at a price that “someone” is willing to pay and the rest of us are willing to support. Back in 1965, nobody saw this day coming.


Above is a picture from the 260 page program that features (L->R) pitcher Dick “Turk” Farrell, Manager Luman Harris, and pitcher Don Nottebart. Nottebart was in his third and final season with Houston (1963-65) when the club was renamed the “Astros” but the The Pecan Park Eagle did not recognize him until he was identified for us by two readers, saint89brb and Olbermann.  Thanks, friends!


In our third and final glimpse of the day (but with more to come in the near future), that’s handsome third baseman Bob Aspromonte of the newly re-christened in 1965 Houston Astros giving a little batting instruction to Dome guest and first pitch celebrant at a press luncheon, singer Anita Bryant on the receiving end of that instruction. What a teacher young “Aspro” was back in the day. Notice the way Bob uses the left hand to precisely instruct Miss Bryant on the best way she should position her body in preparation for what’s about to come.

Have a nice weekend, everybody! And try to stay dry!


7 Responses to ““Inside The Astrodome” from 1965 is Gold Mine”

  1. Arnold Richie Says:

    Possibly Don Lee

  2. saint89brb Says:

    Don Nottebart????   From: The Pecan Park Eagle To: saint89brb@yahoo.com Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2015 9:12 AM Subject: [New post] “Inside The Astrodome” from 1965 is Gold Mine #yiv0620569011 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv0620569011 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv0620569011 a.yiv0620569011primaryactionlink:link, #yiv0620569011 a.yiv0620569011primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv0620569011 a.yiv0620569011primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv0620569011 a.yiv0620569011primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv0620569011 WordPress.com | Bill McCurdy posted: “Here’s the short version: This past weekend, on a visit to my birth hometown of Beeville, Texas, my younger brother, John McCurdy, gave me this copy of “Inside The Astrodome: Eighth Wonder of the World” from 1965.Whoa!!!It is an historical  tr” | |

  3. stanfromtacoma Says:

    I was in Houston that summer. I bought that book but have no idea what I did with it. Who knows Bill, you might have my book. I remember seeing Robin Roberts pitch for the Astros against his former team the Philadelphia Phillies. It might be one of the strangest games I have ever seen. The Phils absolutely crushed the ball all game long but the Astros turned just about every hard hit ball into outs. Dick Allen hit a ball to end the game that I thought was going to hit the roof. Instead the Astro center fielder caught the ball on the warning track in dead centerfold.

  4. Olbermann Says:

    That’s Don Nottebart, the pitcher

  5. Wayne Roberts Says:

    I had one of these; wish I still did. I particularly remember the Anita Bryant picture.

  6. Mike McCroskey Says:

    Don “No Hit” Nottebart as Houston media nicknamed him after he pitched the first no hitter in Houston ML history. Believe it was a
    4-1 final.

    I find the Bryant Aspromonte photo interesting as she became “Mrs
    Orange Juice” after many years of commercials for Florida, and he is now “Mr. Beer” after years of owning a local distributorship. What would one call an Orange juice and beer confection, a beermosa?

  7. Mark W. Says:

    I respect Mr. Olbermann’s baseball knowledge, Bill. But have you seen his lovely commentary on the Astrodome? (Apologies in advance if the two Olbermann’s are not the same person.)

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