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JUNE 9 (1963) - Heat*
By Bill Grimes
Jun 9, 2007 - 9:21 AM

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HOUSTON , TEXAS JUNE 9, 1963 The major leagues’ first Sunday night baseball game was played on this date in 1963. The National League granted the Houston Colt .45s an exception to the Sunday night ban because of the oppressive heat in Texas. This, of course, was before the Astrodome was built, in fact was an impetus for building it. The Colt .45s were playing in open air Colt Stadium, which had virtually no shade for the fans. By the way, Houston beat the visiting San Francisco Giants 3-0.

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Colt Stadium
  Of the cities with major league teams at the time, the heat was an issue in Houston more than any other:



Average highs (from www.myforecast.com)
                                    June      July       August
Houston                        90°       92°       92°
St. Louis                        85°       89°       87°
Kansas City                  84         90         87
Washington , D.C.       84         88        86
Baltimore                       83         87         85
Philadelphia                  82         86         85
Cincinnati                      82         86         85
Detroit                           79         83         81
Chicago                         79         84         82
New York                      79         84         83
Cleveland                      79         83         81

Minneapolis                 79         84         84
Milwaukee                    76         80         79
Boston                          76         82         82
Los Angeles                72         75         76
San Francisco             
71         71         72

The Houston club had to deal with the heat until 1966 when the Harris County Domed Stadium opened. Sooner after the stadium name was changed to the Astrodome and the team name changed to Astros.

Read on:
http://web2.airmail.net/danb1/climate.htm#Houston
http://www.myforecast.com/bin/climate.m?city=28560&metric=false
http://www.ballparkwatch.com/stadiums/past/colt_stadium_2.htm
http://houston.astros.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=hou

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