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DOMED STADIUM ELECTION VOTE SATURDAY, DEC. 22
STADIUM WILL BE WORLD'S
RUNNELS, A.L. BAT KING, JOINS COLT .45s
DRAFT ELLIS BURTON AND
4 YOUNGSTERS FOR $61,000
Ellis Burton, 26 year old flyhawk, and four
young major league prospects were the result
of the annual major league draft held in
Rochester, N. Y. on November 26. The five
players cost the .45s $61,000.
Burton, a switch hitter who hit .286 with 14
nome runs in part of a season with Louisville
last year, will be battling for the regular
centerfield spot when spring training rolls
around. The speedy former Houston Buff hit
22 home runs in 1961 with Toronto. He was
drafted for $25,000.
Conrad Cardinal, 20 year old righthand
pitcher with a 14-7 record at Jamestown in
his first pro year, was drafted for $12,000
under the new first year draft rule.
The $8,000 drafts, all first year players who
can be obtioned to the minors for three years,
are John Haydel, 18 year old right hand
pitcher, Tom Willwerth,. 24 year old lefthand
pitcher, and Jim Wynn, 20 year old infielder.
-SLATED FOR FIRST BASE
First base will be in the very capable hands
of Janes Edward "Pete" Runnels when the
.45s take the field April 9 in Houston against
the National League champion San Francisco
Runnels, the American League batting
champion two out of the past three years, is
not only one of the best hitters in baseball,
but is also one of baseball's best fielding
first basemen. In 1961 he led the A.L. first
sackers in fielding with a 993 average.
The native of Lufkin, Texas and a resident
of Pasadena was elated over his trade that
brought him "home" and sent Houston outfielder Roman Mejias to the Red Sox in a man
for man swap.
Hit .326 Last Year
Last season he led the junior circuit with a
.326 batting mark and had 10 home runs, 33
doubles, 5 triples and 60 runs batted in. His
RBI's have never been too high due mainly
to the fact he has been in the lead off spot the
majority of the time.
Pete also led the A. L. hitters in 1960 with
a .320 mark and was second to the great Ted
Williams in 1958.
He has played in three All-Star games, and
hit a pinch hit home run in last year's second
star classic in Chicago's Wrigley Field.
The addition of Runnels at first makes the
45s infield very formidable with Bob Aspromonte at third, Bob Lillis at shortstop, and
George Williams at second.
NOTTEBART, LEMAY, GROB,
BOLGER ACQUIRED IN DEALS
In two trades which saw seven players
change uniforms the Colt .45s came up with
three pitchers, and two outfielders in exchange for Norm Larker, and Joe Amalfitano.
Don Nottebart, 26 year old righthand
pitcher with a 2-2 record at Milwaukee last
year, Connie Grob, 30
year old right hand
pitcher who won 14
and lost 10 with Louisville in 1962, and Jim
Bolger, 30, who hit
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Records of 10 New Players on Page 3
GREATEST CONVENTION FACILITY
Harris County s domed stadium, which has
attracted world-wide attention to Houston,
passed another milestone Dec. 3 when the
construction bid was awarded to Johnson,
Drake and Piper, Inc., of Minneapolis.
Johnson, Drake & Piper, bidding in conjunction with H. A. Lott, Inc., Houston, had
the low bid of $19,440,000.
The Harris County Commissioner's Court
in awarding the bid called a bond election at
the same time for Saturday, Dec. 22 to raise
the additional money needed to complete the
Work Could Start In January
The bond issue will be for $9,600,000. If
the bond issue passes, work on the stadium
will probably start in January. The bids call
for the stadium to be completed in 440 working days, which would be sometime in mid-
When completed the completely air-conditioned, weather controlled domed stadium
would provide Houston with:
World's finest convention center.
World's largest exhibition hall.
World's most modern baseball and
A structure which will attract tourists
,and sightseers from the four corners of
The domed stadium will be an economic
boom to the Greater Houston business world.
In their inaugural season in the National
League in 1962, the Colt .45s attracted an
estimated $10,000,000 in new money into the
hands of Houston merchants and businessmen. It is expected that more than five times
this much will be attracted to Houston in the
first year the stadium is in full operation.
Two National Political Conventions
Efforts already have been started to bring
the two national political, Democratic and
Republican, conventions to Houston in 1964.
It is possible that they will be the first national events held in the domed stadium.
C. of C. Endorses Bond Issue
George T. Morse, Jr., 651 Shady Hollow,
president of the Chamber of Commerce said:
"Houston must complete the system. We
must do exactly as we said we would do —
build a domed stadium. Our prestige and our
pride are involved in constructing this stadium, which is a necessity in our further
development as a great city."
When the domed stadium is completed it
will give Houston in one location and one
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VOTE FOR DOMED STADIUM