Where were you in 1965? Astros are Turning Back the Clock.
How many times have you had to listen to a parent or grandparent reminisce about the “good old days,” when you could buy a loaf of bread and a gallon of gas for around the same low, low price of five cents?
Every time I spend two bucks at Starbucks for one lousy cup of coffee, I think about how it’s probably good my late grandfather isn’t around to witness this, considering in his day, a bottomless cup o’ Joe at Frisch’s Big Boy was right around 35 cents, including tip.
But if Gramps was around today, he’d surely want to head to Minute Maid Park on April 10, when the Astros and Phillies will be partying like it’s 1965 — quite literally. Select tickets will to cost as much as they did 45 years ago, and hot dogs and cokes will be offered at a drastically reduced price as well.
The Astros have set aside 1,965 tickets in the View Deck II and Outfield Deck sections that will cost $3.50, the same price of Astrodome tickets for box seats and several upper level sections. This pricing is available only online at astros.com, while supplies last.
If you miss out on the cheapie tickets, you can still enjoy some affordable steamin’ weenies. April 10 will feature Dollar Hot Dogs, compliments of Classic Foods. Those dogs can be washed down with Coca-Cola Classic fountain sodas, which will also cost a buck.
The Astros and Phillies played the first-ever regular-season game at the brand-new sparkling Astrodome on April 12, 1965, and almost exactly 45 years later, both teams will recreate the scene by wearing the uniforms similar to the ones they wore during that historic day when indoor baseball in Houston was born.
The Astros uniforms will feature the original shooting star jersey top and navy blue cap with orange star. A 1965 replica Astros jersey, sponsored by AT&T, will be given away to the first 10,000 in attendance.
The April 10 game will also include ballpark entertainment features from the ’65 season and a special pregame ceremony featuring several members of the original 1965 Astros team, including Bob Aspromonte, Ronald G. Brand, Danny Coombs, Larry Dierker, Mike White and Jimmy Wynn, as well as former Astros radio broadcaster Gene Elston. Some of those returning members from the historic team will also sign autographs at Minute Maid Park prior to the game.
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