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Spoiler Alert: Game 3 of ’62 Season Report

February 28, 2018

Thursday the 12th, April 1962 (UPI Photo)
3 Colt Lefties Celebrate Colt Sweep of Cubs
Dean Stone, Bobby Shantz, & Hal Woodeshick

Spoiler Alert: If you have not yet read yesterday’s report on the 1962 Game 2 in Houston Baseball History, please avoid reading the Comment Section there. One of our fond readers has chosen to reveal the outcome in Game 3 to those of us who are now too young – or too old – to remember – and furthermore – our overly eager good friend – even dared to project – we surmise – because we have done columns on both the first two historical games over the past two days – that we would be writing about the first three-game series finale today.

Well, whoop-tee-do! – Who’da thought it? – Would you?

We will now try to ease you into that recollection as comfortably as possible by simply going straight to the obvious conclusions drafted by our spoiler friend: (1) Yes, the Colts won again – again by 2-0 – with a third straight lefty, Dean Stone, going the distance. (2) Yes, the Colts swept the first series they ever played, getting a complete game from Shantz in the first one as well. Only Woodeshick in Game 2 needed an inning of help from Farrell in the 9th to capture his own 2-0 beauty. Shantz rollicked in the fun of an 11-2 Colt win in the April 10, 1962 Opener.

But the musical soundtrack of our new fan delusions soon died away as the 1962 season wore away all wistfulness.

We had a great bunch of guys playing for the Houston Colt .45s back in 1962, but they were nowhere near the kind of club they would need to be over the whole season. What they appeared to be in their first home series against the low-riding Chicago Cubs lacked staying power.

Besides, the Cubs also suffered from a history of faltering, and they had some real talent too. Cripes!  They had four future Hall of Famers playing for them. The young two former Houston Buffs, Billy Williams and Ron Santo, were pillars-to-be in a lineup that already included the great Ernie Banks and Lou Brock, whom they would unfortunately lose in a bum deal with the Cardinals. They just didn’t have the pitching depth or much else. They did have – or should have had by 1962 – a lot more wisdom than the fledgling Colts as to how tough it is to win over the full season.

Irony note. In 2017, the Houston Astros won their first World Series in their 56th year of play. In 1962, the Chicago Cubs had not won a World Series in 54 seasons.

That being said, let’s go to the way UPI writer Fred Down covered Game 3 of that first Houston MLB series for the Arlington Daily News Texan in a Thursday, April 12, 1962 game story that went to print on Friday the 13th of April 1962. One more irony, one we feel sure has not escaped recognition by many of you other older birds. Back in 1962, Arlington, Texas media didn’t have a big league team of their own to cover in news print.

As per always, thank you, Baseball for the beautiful work on the box score.


Houston Colt .45s Tame Cubs Again

By Fred Down, UPI Sports Writer

Friday, April 13, 1962

They always said pitching was 90% of baseball but the Houston Colt .45s may yet prove it’s really 100% of the game.

The Colt .45s aren’t supposed to have anything else except pitching but that’s all they’ve needed to become the surprise team of the 1962 major league baseball season. And it all comes as no surprise to General Manager Paul Richards because that’s the way he planned it.

The Colt .45s made it three in a row Thursday when they beat the Chicago Cubs, 2-0, behind the three-hit pitching of Dean Stone. Their pitching staff has now allowed the grand total of 2 runs and 17 hits in three games – which means that either Richards or manager Harry Craft have come up with a “sleeper” pitching staff or that somebody bored holes in the Cubs’ bats.

Stone, who formerly pitched in the majors with the Washington Senators, Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals struck out nine batters and walked two. It was his first big league victory since May 26, 1957, when he shut out Baltimore.

Stone, who had a 12-8 record for Charleston in the International League last season was drafted by the Colts last Nov. 27. It was the second straight shutout turned in by Colt pitchers and ran the Cubs’ consecutive scoreless innings to 19.

Colt catcher Hal Smith drove in Houston’s first run in the fourth inning Thursday with a single to deep left field. Bob Aspromonte scored in the 8th. He singled, stole second, and came around (to score) in successive wild pitches by Cub relievers.

A double play ended Chicago’s only threat in the first inning after Stone gave up his first hit – a double by Hubbs – and walked Billy Williams. Then Banks hit to Aspromonte to start the double play.


Footnote: What a great start we enjoyed in Houston during that first 1962 Cubs series, but we Houston fans would get the more difficult message – and long before season’s end – at least part of it, anyway. Winning a World Series was going to take time and patience. – We just hoped our wait would not rival the one the Cubs had been going through since 1908.




Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle