1970 Kellogg's Jim Wynn #9
1970 Cereal Box rating -- 5 comment -- A good player in so many ways
On this day in 1965 Wynn can't see a routine fly ball during a game in the newly-opened Astrodome in Houston. The game marks the 18th baseball game held in the Eighth Wonder of the World.
The roof was designed in such a way that a glare came through the plastic roof panes. As a result, Wynn had no idea where the ball was headed. Jim Ray Hart ended up with an inside-the-park three-run homer that was the difference in a 5-2 San Francisco win (or Wynn?).
The next day, the ballpark's ceiling was painted to help fielders see the ball better. The result leads to the stadium being converted to Astroturf the next season since the grass no longer grows inside as well with the newly-painted ceiling.
Luckily, I got to see a game in the Astrodome years ago. More on that as I discuss no-hitters and other ballparks in a future post.