H. BAILEY CARROLL
HE ARCHIVES DIVISION OF THE TEXAS STATE LIBRARY RE-
cently received the Harbert Davenport Collection from
heirs of the late Judge Harbert Davenport of Browns-
ville. The collection consists of correspondence and historical
notes gathered by Judge Davenport which span over fifty years.
The papers, covering the Spanish period through the middle
1950's, include some of the most important private documents
concerning Goliad, Fannin, and the lower Rio Grande Valley.
The late Eugene C. Barker, dean of Texas historians, once said
that Davenport's "knowledge of 'Texas history never ceases to
amaze me." Other historians readily agree that Judge Davenport
knew as much about Goliad, Fannin, and the lower Rio Grande
Valley as any scholar. Davenport, a past president of the Texas
State Historical Association, was born at Eastland, on October
19, 1882, and died on February 23, 1957, at Jacksonville. He en-
joyed a long and distinguished career as an attorney, farmer,
editor, and one time foreman of the penitentiary at Rusk. His
most celebrated legal case dealt with Padre Island.
On April 9, 1965, a new era in Texas and world sports history
opened as the Houston Astros began their first season in Hous-
ton's Astrodome with a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees in a
pre-season series which extended to include the Baltimore Orioles
on the loth. After Governor John Connally threw out the first
ball, with President Lyndon Johnson and Governor Balboa of
Tamaulipas watching, Mickey Mantle hit the first home run in
the domed stadium and Nellie Fox won the game with a single
in the twelfth inning.
Key feature of all of the festivities was the world's first air-
conditioned domed stadium, built by Harris County at a cost of
$31,6oo,ooo, and leased to the Houston Sports Association, owners
of the National League baseball club. The Astrodome seats from
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 69, July 1965 - April, 1966. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117144/. Accessed May 23, 2013.