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Reds Edge Colts in Houston

July 3, 1963 - Cincinnati rookie Pete Rose (pictured) scored all the way from first base on a pickoff attempt that misfired and gave the Reds the run they needed to edge the Colts, 2-1, before a crowd of 6,051 in Houston today behind the two-hit pitching of John Tsitouris. With reliever Hal Woodeshick pitching in the sixth inning, Rose earned a base on balls. With Don Pavletich at bat in place of first baseman Gordy Coleman, Pete took off for second base with the ball still in Woodeshick’s hands. The pitcher tossed to first baseman Rusty Staub, who was napping, and the ball rolled some 60 feet beyond the bag. Rose kept running as Staub stayed glued to the bag as if hypnotized. Carl Warwick hustled in from right field for the retrieve, but Rose wheeled around third and scored easily. In other National League news, Ron Santo, the Chicago Cub infielder who batted at a .383 clip during June, was named today as the N.L.’s player-of-the-month. The selection is made each month by a committee of baseball writers and broadcasters. Santo finished with 23 votes, well ahead of San Francisco pitcher Juan Marichal, who had 10. Bob Friend, Pittsburgh pitcher, was third with six votes.

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