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Colts Win First Sunday Night Game in Major League History

June 10, 1963 - The Colts scored a 3-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants last night in Houston in the first Sunday night game in major league history. It was the Giants’ seventh straight defeat, their longest losing streak since they moved from New York in 1958. Last night’s was the first of seven Sunday night games scheduled at Colt Stadium (pictured) as an escape from the brutal heat of day. The temperature at game time was 79 degrees, with 79% humidity. At 2 p.m., the temperature was 95 degrees, and the humidity 46%. Skinny Brown took over the Houston pitching in the third when the starter, Dick Farrell, retired with a pulled back muscle. Brown, a 38-year-old right-hander who had been kicking around the American League since 1951, allowed 1 hit in 6 and 2/3 innings, retired the last 17 batters, and picked up his first National League decision. Brown has yet to walk a National Leaguer after 28 innings in the circuit. The Giants wind up their nightmare road trip with games in Dodger Stadium tonight and tomorrow night. With more than 100 games still to be played this season, it might seem hysterical to describe the two games at Los Angeles as key games. But the Giants know they are. Billy Pierce explains it this way: “In any season, there are 10, maybe 15 really big games along the way. The way this season has been shaping up, all of our games with the Dodgers have been big, important games. There have been others, with other clubs, as well. And so far, we’ve lost more of these big games than we’ve won. We need these games in L.A., even though there’s still a lot of season left.” Pierce gets the start tonight, and Juan Marichal will pitch for the Giants tomorrow night.


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