TSN Archives: Success with a capital S



This article was originally published in the Oct. 30, 1971, issue of The Sporting News.

The first World Series night game was a smashing success — except for the Orioles, who discovered the Pirates are nobody’s patsies. A crowd of 51,378, largest baseball throng in Pittsburgh history, witnessed the historic match in an impressive setting — the Pirates’ new Three Rivers Stadium.

Pittsburgh turned on all the lights for this one. The revitalized downtown are known as the Golden Triangle blazed with lights from every office window, a display customarily reserved for the Christmas season NBC’s cameras caught the downtown scene beautifully from vantage points high in the stadium. TV viewers enjoyed the results of some excellent camera work both inside and outside the stadium

Baseball’s brass had reason to be pleased with the night-time World Series experiment from an artistic standpoint. The ratings for the prime-time TV showing also should make for interesting reading. Millions of fans whose jobs had prevented the from seeing midweek Series day games must have savored the October 13 contest.

The switch of midweek Series games to night hours was a logical move long urged by The Sporting News. A’s Owner Charlie Finley, whose ideas frequently encounter opposition, fought hard for this one. Credit him as the No. 1 advocate of the switch. Baseball’s top  commanders couldn’t have had many doubts about the results. Already they’ve arranged for three midweek Series games to be played at night in 1972. Baseball’s showcase event is sure to gain in prestige and popularity.


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