Author

Brian Moran

The Astrodome revolutionary opening

Billy Graham at its birth christened it ”The Eighth Wonder of the World.” An awestruck Mickey Mantle, who once got lost in its caverns trying to find the locker room, compared it to a flying saucer. On April 9, 1965, the world’s first domed stadium, a 208-foot-high concrete bubble called the Astrodome, opened for business in the flatlands south of Houston with an exhibition game between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. On that day, spectator sports and stadium-size entertainment changed forever.

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Vintage N.Y. baseball clips on home video

Vintage N.Y. baseball clips on home video

It has been 32 years since the Dodgers and the Giants moved from New York to California, a baseball cataclysm that not only shattered loyal fans but signaled major changes in the game. The bottom-line mentality behind those moves led inexorably to the designated hitter, artificial turf, and nighttime World Series games.

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When a 13-year-old delinquent named Mike Tyson began his education as a boxer in an upstate New York foster home a decade ago, he learned as much about the sport from watching old fight films as he did from pounding the heavy bag. Tyson developed an almost scholarly passion for boxing history by sampling the extraordinary 17,000-film library of Jimmy Jacobs and Bill Cayton, who later became his co-managers.

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