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Conoco `Pump' Will Count Astros Homers; Charity Will Benefit From First Blast.

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HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 27, 2000

Conoco (NYSE:COCA) (NYSE:COCB) today installed its "home run pump" on a porch overhanging left-center field at the soon-to-be-opened new home of the National League Houston Astros.

The 13-foot-high model of a 1930s era gasoline pump will record each regular-season Astros home run on a counter built into the pump. In addition, each Astros home run hit will cause the globe atop the pump to flash on and off.

Conoco, the Houston-based international energy company, will give $5,125 to the charity named by the first Astros player to hit a regular-season home run in the new, downtown ballpark that features natural grass and a retractable roof. The extra $125 relates to Conoco celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.
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