The Last Astrodome NL Game

Ken Caminiti Hit the Last HR in Astrodome History
Sunday, October 3, 1999

 

Astros Take Dodgers, 9-4, in last home game at the Astrodome

Sunday, October 3, 1999

Houston (AP). In Houston, the Astros won their third straight NL Central title, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers as Mike Hampton became the NL’s only 22-game winner.

In the Astrodome’s final regular-season game, Ken Caminiti put Houston ahead with a bases-loaded walk in the first inning. Daryle Ward followed with a three-run double and the Astros coasted, finally shaking off the late-season challenge of the Cincinnati Reds.

Hampton (22-4) allowed three hits in seven innings and struck out eight, winning for the ninth time in 10 decisions. He also set a team record for (pitching) wins in a season, topping Joe Niekro’s 21-11 record in 1979.

~ Associated Press, Roswell Daily Record, Monday, October 4, 1999, Pages B1-B2.

Historical Note: As you will also note from this following Baseball Almanac depiction of the Astrodome’s last official NL game, Astros third baseman Ken Caminiti also registered the last home run in the Astrodome’s 1965-1999 history as home to the Houston Astros.

Some players are unforgettable.
Ken Caminiti is one of those guys.

 

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

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3 Responses to “The Last Astrodome NL Game”

  1. Wayne A Chandler Says:

    In a pre-game ceremony, they honored a lot of past Astros and Astrodome emoployees. I got to see a lot of old friends.

    I didn’t rea;lize that Beltre was in that lineup for the Dodgers!

  2. Wayne Roberts Says:

    It was a great day and I took my entire family. I remember it well. The giveaway was a neat metal box shaped and painted like the Dome…sits on the shelf of my TV to this day. Too bad my father and father-in-law had to watch from the bleachers in the sky.

  3. Mark W Says:

    Wow! Beltre was 19 when he broke in in 1998, and in that last game of the 1999 season he was 20, completing a .275/.352/.428 slash line for 1999. Last year, at age 38, it was .312/.383/.532. He surpassed 3000 hits and is at 613 doubles. The Hall awaits, but he would seem to have a few years very productive years left..

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