Faculty book on Houston's Astrodome wins 2017 SABR Seymour Medal

ALTOONA, Pa. —  A book written by Robert Trumpbour, associate professor of communications at Penn State Altoona, and Kenneth Womack, has received the 2017 Dr. Harold and Dorothy Seymour Medal, which honors the best book of baseball history or biography published during the preceding calendar year.

In "The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Life of Houston's Iconic Astrodome," published by University of Nebraska Press, the authors detail the Astrodome's colorful past.

Trumpbour is the author of "The New Cathedrals: Politics and Media in the History of Stadium Construction." Womack, whose grandfather Ken Zimmerman was the Astrodome's structural engineer, is the dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences and a professor of English at Monmouth University.