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  • April 6, 2009 - Houston Chronicle
    Astros celebrate 10th year at Minute Maid Park: As the Astros begin their 10th year at their downtown digs, it's can seem difficult to find anyone without good things to say about life after the Astrodome.
  • August 13, 2007 - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    Biggio receives special honor in Houston:

    HOUSTON -- Minute Maid Park was more than three-fourths full 45 minutes before game time Sunday as the Houston Astros held a ceremony honoring Craig Biggio for his 3,000-plus hits.

    "This is a very overwhelming experience for a player,"Biggio told the crowd."To have this many people come out for a ceremony like this is one of the ultimate compliments you can have.

    "I am so lucky -- I have had an Astros uniform on for 20 years."

    Biggio was driven onto the field in a black 1956 Chevrolet convertible along with his wife Patty, sons Conor, 14, and Cavan, 12, and daughter Quinn, 7.

    Special guests on the field included former teammates Jeff Bagwell, Nolan Ryan and Casey Candaele, and Nancy Caminiti, wife of former teammate Ken Caminiti, who died in 2004.

    Astros owner Drayton McLane and general manager Tim Purpura were on hand, along with G.W. Bailey, executive director of the Sunshine Kids Foundation.

    About longtime teammate Bagwell, Biggio said,"Baggie, I guess all things have to come to an end. But I love you and we'll be friends forever."

    The crowd chanted Biggio's name when he was introduced and a five-minute tribute was played on the big screen that included well-wishes from Tony Gwynn, Cal Ripken Jr., Rickey Henderson, fellow members of the 3,000-hit club. He was given letters from Pete Rose, Robin Yount and Wade Boggs congratulating him.

    Bagwell spoke first and said that it was an honor to play with Biggio. Son Conor thanked the Astros fans and described his experience growing up in the Astrodome. McLane thanked Biggio for his service to the team and community, presented him with a crystal bat and unveiled a permanent sign on the stadium wall commemorating his 3,000 hits.

    Officials said that Biggio had helped raise more than $2.5 million for the Sunshine Kids, his favorite charity, over the past 15 years.

    The bat, cap, batting glove and batting jersey from June 28, the night Biggio got his 3,000th hit, were donated to the Hall of Fame.

    Biggio later hit a home run in the Astros'6-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.

  • June 28, 2007 - Houston Chronicle
    Duckett to be remembered at start of Astros-Rockies series: A moment of silence will be held prior to Thursday's game at Minute Maid Park in honor of longtime Astrodome public address announcer and Rice PA man J. Fred Duckett.
  • June 27, 2007 - Houston Chronicle
    Announcer for Astros, Rice sports dies: J. Fred Duckett, who heralded the exploits of "Jose Cruuuuuuuz!" as the Astrodome's public-address announcer and proclaimed, "It's a beautiful day for outdoor football," to generations of Rice University fans, died Monday night at a Houston hospital. He was 74.
  • June 26, 2007 - Houston Chronicle
    One-time 'voice' of Astros and Rice sports dies: J. Fred Duckett, who heralded the exploits of "Jose Cruuuuuuuz!" as the Astrodome's public-address announcer and proclaimed, "It's a beautiful day for outdoor football," to generations of Rice University fans, died Monday night at a Houston hospital. He was 74.
  • Astrodome in the Blog Pen

    Jim Gerard: July 3, 2008 - DFA, chapter 31: Enter Letty:
    Gene Carney: May 28, 2008 - BASEBALL HISTORY AS SEEN FROM THE SHADOWS OF COOPERSTOWN :
    : April 3, 2008 - DFA, chapter 20: Viva La Revolucion!:
    Jim Gerard: March 17, 2008 - DFA, chapter 18 -The Creative Process:
    : March 12, 2008 - My Transaction History, part 2:
    John Shiffert: June 27, 2007 - The Winless Pitcher Syndrome:
    Peter Doyle: June 26, 2007 - Roger Clemens, The Best Righty?:
    Richard Lally: June 18, 2007 - Richard Lally Spends Five Minutes With...Eddie Joost:
    Peter Doyle: May 30, 2007 - Those Who Ignore History...:
    : May 29, 2007 - :
    : May 7, 2007 - : THE NATURAL, AFTER ALL THESE YEARS

    Astrodome in the Library

  • Growing Up Baseball: An Oral History by Harvey and Frederic J. Frommer
  • Spitters, Beanballs and the Incredible Shrinking Strike Zone: The Stories behind the Rules of Baseball by Waggoner et al
  • How To Snag Major League Baseballs: More that 100 Tested Tips That Really Work by Zachary Hample
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