Conoco `Pump' Will Count Astros Homers; Charity Will Benefit From First Blast.Business/Energy Editors
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 27, 2000
Conoco (NYSE NYSE
See: New York Stock Exchange :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 “Astros” redirects here. For other uses, see Astros (disambiguation).
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The 13-foot-high model of a 1930s era gasoline gasoline or petrol, light, volatile mixture of hydrocarbons for use in the internal-combustion engine and as an organic solvent, obtained primarily by fractional distillation and "cracking" of petroleum, but also obtained from natural gas, by 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 A retractable roof is a kinetic architectural element used in many sports venues. They are used in places that allow for indoor sports when the weather is rainy. Examples of these venues are Rogers Centre in Toronto, Canada, SAFECO Field in Seattle, The University of Phoenix . The extra $125 relates to Conoco celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.