Baseball: Daymares in the Dome

When a man has been a state legislator at 22, a judge at 24, a multi-millionaire at 35 and mayor of a metropolis at 41, what else is there left for him at 53 but to build a suitable monument to himself? For Houston's Kubla Khan, Roy ("Giltfinger") Hofheinz, it obviously had to be a pleasure dome on the order of the Great Pyramid or the Colossus of Rhodes. To Builder Hofheinz, Houston's new, $31.6 million "Astrodome" — the first covered, fully air-conditioned baseball stadium —is literally "the Eighth Wonder of the...

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