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.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.