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Retro: Channel 13 will carry Colt Games in 1962

April 11, 2017

“Hello, Houston Baseball Fans, this is Bill Stern. Really wish I could’ve been there to call that first TV season for you in 1962, but they gave the gig to local pundit Guy Savage. – Too bad. Even with the TV cameras on hand, I could have given you some plays in those games that you would not have seen anywhere else in the world. – I guarantee it!”


Channel 13 Will Carry Houston Colt Games

HOUSTON (Victoria Advocate, April 15, 1962) – Houston-area television fans can go “big league” this season with the Houston Colt .45s!

KTRK-TV Channel 13 will telecast 14 Colt .45 games this season, Houston’s first year as a major league baseball city.

All telecasts but one will be on Sunday, and all are out-of-town games, beginning on Sunday when the Colt .45s go against the Philadelphia Phillies at 2:30 p.m. The pre-game ‘warm-up’ show will begin at 2 p.m.

Handling the telecasts will be Houston’s “Mr. Sports,” Guy Savage, sports director of channel 13. A veteran of more than 30 years as a sportscaster, Savage did his first play-by-play broadcasting of baseball in 1932 for the Beaumont Exporters of the Texas League. He did all home games of the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs for six years, telecast the entire home schedule of the Houston Buffs in 1949 for KLEE-TV, and was exclusive broadcaster for all Buff games from 1956 to 1958. In addition, he has covered all sports for radio and TV stations in Beaumont, Chicago, and Fort Worth. For 11 years, he was sports director for KXYZ where his sports show was Houston’s highest rated, before joining the channel 13 staff Jan. 1, 1960. His two daily sportscasts on channel 13, at 6:10 and 10:05 p.m., are considered the most authoritative in the field.

Channel 13’s telecast dates and the Colt .45 opponents are: May 6, the Milwaukee Braves; May 20, San Francisco Giants; June 3, Pittsburgh Pirates; Jun 17, Los Angeles Dodgers; June 24, New York Mets; July 8, Cincinnati Reds; Saturday, July 14, Pittsburgh; July 29, Chicago Cubs; Aug. 5, St. Louis Cardinals; Aug. 26, Cincinnati; Sept. 2, Chicago; and Sept. 16, Milwaukee. Another late season game will be announced.

On the telecasts, fans will be able to see such big league favorites as Don Drysdale, Wally Moon, Duke Snider, Frank Howard, Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron, Bob Friend, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Frank Robinson, Joey Jay, Don Hoad, Bil Virdon, Stan Musial, Ken Boyer, Lindy McDaniel, Willie Mays, Jim Davenport, Mike McCormick, Don Demeter, Carlie Neal and others.

“We are very pleased that channel 13 was chosen to bring Houstonians the only telecasts of their first major league baseball team in action,” Willard E. Walbridge, executive vice-president and general manager of KTRK-TV, said.

Co-sponsors of the telecasts will be Lucky Strike and Tareyton divisions of American Tobacco Co. and the brewers of Pearl Beer.

Houston Oiler football, bowling, wrestling, special basketball games, golf matches, including Houston’s champions cup matches, and the Houston Classic Invitational Tournament, tennis tournaments, track and swimming meets, automobile races, hockey, ice-skating, skiing and many other sports are seen on channel 13.

~ Victoria Advocate, April 15, 1962


Our ongoing thanks to Darrell Pittman for this latest news harvest on how television hooked up with the brand new Houston MLB club from its very first season forward – or, at least through the 1962 part of that start. Guy Savage was unforgettable. His deep resonant bass voice was the one that many of us shall forever associate with the television work he did for the 1949 Houston Buffs from Buff Stadium on the Gulf Freeway at Cullen Blvd. Televised baseball forever will become one of our earliest challenges to watching television in general. All we had to do in 1949 was get used to watching what one camera could cover of the field action from behind home plate for display on our dinky little 10-inch television screens at home. The broadcaster advantage was the fact that we had nothing to use for comparative criticism at home We were just slap-happy to get a picture that moved, even if we did feel the need to sit home in the dark, staring closely at the little screen for Guy Savage to tell us what happened after each play. Things were much better by 1962, when Houston entered the big leagues as the Colt .45s, but still a far cry from today’s multi-media, multiple camera, high-definition big screen coverage.


Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas