This Day in History

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Today marks the 70th anniversary of the first ever televised Major League baseball game.  It was shown on the experimental W2XBS, which would later become WNBC, so good for us.  It was a doubleheader, actually, with the Reds visiting the Dodgers in Brooklyn.

Red Barber announced, calling the games with no monitors and only two cameras (one of which was trained on him), meaning that he had to guess what the folks at home — all 3,000 of them — were seeing as he described the action.  In light of these limitations, one must assume that this broadcast was only 400% better than your usual McCarver-Buck affair as opposed to the usual ten gablillion per cent.