If you haven't lived in Houston, then you probably don't realize that more precipitation occurs during the baseball season than in any other stretch of time.
A domed stadium was inevitable, but without sunlight, how would the grass grow?
I know! Let's invent Astroturf!
I'm not talking about the Brady's lawn that for some reason Greg meticulously manicured on The Brady Bunch. I'm talking about the real deal, in Houston.
Though it paved the way for many artificial turfs in a myriad of stadiums, Astroturf was unpredictable and dangerous. The ball scooted across the turf at breakneck speeds. It was scary.
An ironic twist to indoor baseball in Houston: in 1976, the Astrodome suffered its first rain out. With an immense amount of flooding in the area, most of the fans and the umpires couldn't reach the ballpark.
Instead of playing that night, tables were brought onto the field and the 'Stros and Pirates ate dinner together.