Broadcasting Baseball: A History of the National Pastime on by Eldon L. Ham

By Eldon L. Ham

There's a long-standing dating among broadcasting and activities, and nowhere is that this extra obvious than within the marriage of baseball and radio: a gradual game ideally suited to the word-painting of broadcasters. This paintings covers the improvement of the baseball broadcasting from the 1st telegraph studies of video games in growth, the impact of early pioneers at Pittsburgh's KDKA and Chicago's WGN, together with the 1st global sequence broadcast, the release of the Telstar satellite tv for pc, the Carlton Fisk homerun within the 1975 global sequence, which replaced how baseball is broadcast, throughout the most up-to-date special effects, HD tv, and the net.

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So when Ruth’s shot cleared the Forbes roof, Ruth was in Pittsburgh as a Boston Brave. Home runs are a rich part of the Pirates’ tradition. Ralph Kiner led the league in home runs for seven straight seasons, the only player ever to do so, until his string was broken by his own general manager, Branch Rickey, who traded him on June 4, 1953. Before the 1953 season, Rickey told Kiner the slugger would have to take a pay cut. ”22 That remark became one of the more enduring lines in major league history.

The first program broadcast over NBC radio was a sporting event, the 1927 Rose Bowl between Stanford and Alabama (the Rose Bowl tradition of pitting Pac-10 teams against Big-10 teams was not yet in place). That game, which ended in a 7–7 tie, was the very first nationally broadcast event of any kind, not just sports. Soon broadcasters learned the advantage of sports as a broadcast topic; sports not only provide built-in drama and excitement, but they have the magical ability to produce themselves on a moment’s notice without the need or expense of scripts, sets, and staging.

KDKA was already proving itself, and within four years of its debut there were 600 commercial radio stations across the country. Because the broadcast equipment proved costly, not to mention the expense of producing all the requisite programming, some stations got the idea to sell advertising. One year after Arlin’s Pirates broadcast, the first radio ad, promoting a real estate developer, was aired on August 28, 1922, in New York City over WEAF, later to be called WRCA as the flagship of Sarnoff ’s RCA network.

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