April 25, 1966: The Reds lose their first game ever on artificial turf, 2-1 to the Astros in Houston.

The Astrodome opened with a conventional grass field, but fielders lost fly balls in the glare of th glass panels in the roof. The glass had to be painted, which killed the grass. The artificial surface, manufactured by Monsanto and named Astroturf, was the solution to the problem. The Reds lost all nine of their games in Houston in 1966.

All “Reds trivia” posts come from Greg Rhodes and John Snyder’s fabulous book, “Redleg Journal” (see link for purchasing) and are used with Greg’s permission.

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One Response

  1. nick in va

    I never knew Monsanto was to blame for Astroturf. That stuff was awful. I’ll never forget the game at Riverfront (well, Cinergy) where a guy on the opposing team tore up his knee and you could hear people cussing Mike Brown. It was during the time Paul Brown Stadium was being built and the Reds had wanted to put grass down.