New

First televised Major League baseball game

First televised Major League baseball game



We are searching data for your request:

Forums and discussions:
Manuals and reference books:
Data from registers:
Wait the end of the search in all databases.
Upon completion, a link will appear to access the found materials.

On August 26, 1939, the first televised Major League baseball game is broadcast on station W2XBS, the station that was to become WNBC-TV. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York.

At the time, television was still in its infancy. Regular programming did not yet exist, and very few people owned television sets—there were only about 400 in the New York area. Not until 1946 did regular network broadcasting catch on in the United States, and only in the mid-1950s did television sets become more common in the American household.

In 1939, the World’s Fair—which was being held in New York—became the catalyst for the historic broadcast. The television was one of the fair’s prize exhibits, and organizers believed that the Dodgers-Reds doubleheader on August 26 was the perfect event to showcase America’s grasp on the new technology.

By today’s standards, the video coverage was somewhat crude. There were only two stationary camera angles: The first was placed down the third base line to pick up infield throws to first, and the second was placed high above home plate to get an extensive view of the field. It was also difficult to capture fast-moving plays: Swinging bats looked like paper fans, and the ball was all but invisible during pitches and hits.

Nevertheless, the experiment was a success, driving interest in the development of television technology, particularly for sporting events. Though baseball owners were initially concerned that televising baseball would sap actual attendance, they soon warmed to the idea. In particular, they embraced the possibilities for revenue generation that came with increased exposure of the game, including the sale of rights to air certain teams or games and television advertising.

Today, televised sports is a multi-billion dollar industry, with technology that gives viewers an astounding amount of visual and audio detail. Cameras are now so precise that they can capture the way a ball changes shape when struck by a bat, and athletes are wired to pick up field-level and sideline conversation.

READ MORE: Who Invented Baseball?


First Night Games by Each Team in Major League Baseball

Every MLB Team's First Night Game Appears in Chronological Order

Did you know that on July 31, 1935, the first ever extra inning (ten innings / Crosley Field) night game was played? The Cincinnati Reds lost 4-to-3, to the St. Louis Cardinals, in a game best remembered for the over-enthusiastic fans who remained on the field during a pre-game fireworks show.

April 18, 1950: the date of the first Opening Day night game in the National League St. Louis Cardinals, playing at home, defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2.

The first Opening Day night game in the history of the American League took place on April 17, 1951. The Philadelphia Athletics, playing at home in Shibe Park, defeated the Washington Senators 6-1.


Today in History: The First Official Baseball Game is Played (1846)

Baseball is often considered the one of the only truly American sports. Unlike basketball, which was also created in the United States, baseball hasn&rsquot found very much popularity outside of the USA, Latin America and Japan.

The first known mention of the sport came in 1791, when the city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts banned the game from being played within 73 meters of the town meeting house. Apparently, there had been several games being played in the town&rsquos square, and that interfered with town business. No one really knows what sport was being played in 1791, though it is unlikely to appear anything like the baseball we know today.

No one really knows who invented baseball in its current form. Often times the credit for the creation of the sport is given to Abner Doubleday, a Civil War hero. However, even he claimed that he knew nothing about the creation of the sport. Despite that, 15 years after his death, he was dubbed &ldquothe father&rdquo of baseball.

The first official game to be played under modern rules happened on June 19, 1846. It isn&rsquot well documented, but we know that the game was played between the New York Knickerbockers (long defunct, and no relation to the professional basketball team), and perhaps the New York Gotham club (though it is unclear if the Gotham Club was indeed the opponent or not).

Even a decade later, however, the media in New York was devoting more column inches to cricket than baseball. It would take another decade after that for the popularity of baseball to increase to levels where it was covered consistently by the press.

Schiller & Murtha non-professional Baseball team 1887. San Diego History Center

In 1857, the first governmental body was formed to organize the group of clubs that were being created. It was called the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP), and was responsible for the standardization of gameplay and rules. It was also created to monitor and sponsor a league-wide championship.

Historians credit the Civil war for boosting the popularity of baseball. By the end of the war more than 100 clubs had joined the NABBP. In 1869, the NABBP allowed for the creation of professional clubs, something that had been against the rules of the league since its creation. This was a major milestone, as previously, all clubs were strictly recreational (at least those belonging to the NABBP). The first professional club was the Cincinnati Red Stockings, it went defunct just two years later. in 1871, the Boston Base Ball club was created, that team later became the Boston Braves, which is a team that Babe Ruth played for in the 20th century.

Marcus Thames hitting for the Detroit Tigers in 2007. Wikipedia via the MLB

Nowadays, the game of baseball has transformed into a national phenomenon. It is a multi-billion dollar business, that is watched by millions of Americans every day between the late days of March and the late days of October. The MLB, the successor to the NABBP, is the representative of all professional teams, however the sport itself lives on in small forms in towns and cities all across the country. It is played by children and adults alike, giving credence to the idea that baseball is &ldquoAmerica&rsquos Pastime.&rdquo


First game in major league history

The Fort Wayne Kekiongas defeated the Cleveland Forest Citys on May 4, 1871 in the first game of the National Association at the Kekionga Base Ball Grounds. Full play-by-play for the game is available from Retrosheet. Some notable firsts in the game:

    led off the game with a double off Bobby Mathews, thus recording the first ever hit and extra base hit.
  • White promptly became the first runner erased on a double play when Tom Carey caught a line drive from Gene Kimball and finished the play unassisted. became the first strikeout victim (and Mathews the first pitcher to record a strikeout) leading off the 2nd, but reached first base on the first error by catcher Bill Lennon.
  • Allison then stole second for the majors first stolen base. In the 7th he became the first batter caught stealing.
  • Lennon atoned for his error in the bottom of the inning by scoring the first run, with Joe McDermott getting credit for the first ever run batted in.
  • Cleveland pitcher Al Pratt gave up the first walk, to Wally Goldsmith leading off the bottom of the 4th.
  • Goldsmith was forced at second base, giving John Bass credit for the first ever assist.
  • In the 5th, White allowed the first passed ball.
  • Bobby Mathews threw the first ever victory, complete game, and shutout. By the rules of the time, a team leading in the bottom of the 9th was allowed to play the inning. The Kekiongas elected to do so, so Forest City pitcher Al Pratt didn't complete his game until after Mathews did. Although he thus missed a chance at the first complete game, he did become the first losing pitcher. umpired the game.

The final score of 2-0 was unusually low for the time it was in fact the lowest-scoring ball game in the first four seasons of the National Association. The game was only the first by accident, as another game scheduled that day, between the Boston Red Stockings and Olympics of Washington, was rained out. The weather was not perfect in Fort Wayne either, as threatening skies kept the crowd to somewhere between 200 and 500 spectators.

On May 4, 2017, a monument was unveiled on the site of the game, now part of Camp Allen Park in Fort Wayne.


First televised Major League Baseball game is broadcast

On this day in 1939, the first televised Major League baseball game is broadcast on station W2XBS, the station that was to become WNBC-TV. Announcer Red Barber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. At the time, television was still in its infancy. Regular programming did not yet exist, and very few people owned television sets – there were only about 400 in the New York area.

Not until 1946 did regular network broadcasting catch on in the United States, and only in the mid-1950s did television sets become more common in the American household. In 1939, the World's Fair – which was being held in New York – became the catalyst for the historic broadcast. The television was one of the fair’s prize exhibits, and organizers believed that the Dodgers-Reds doubleheader on 26 August was the perfect event to showcase America's grasp on the new technology. By today's standards, the video coverage was somewhat crude.

There were only two stationary camera angles: the first was placed down the third base line to pick up infield throws to first, and the second was placed high above home plate to get an extensive view of the field. It was also difficult to capture fast-moving plays: swinging bats looked like paper fans, and the ball was all but invisible during pitches and hits. Nevertheless, the experiment was a success, driving interest in the development of television technology, particularly for sporting events.

Though baseball owners were initially concerned that televising baseball would sap actual attendance, they soon warmed to the idea and the possibilities for revenue generation that came with increased exposure of the game, including the sale of rights to air certain teams or games and television advertising. Today, televised sports is a multi-billion dollar industry, with technology that gives viewers an astounding amount of visual and audio detail. Cameras are now so precise that they can capture the way a ball changes shape when struck by a bat, and athletes are wired to pick up field-level and sideline conversation.


MLB History: First MLB Game Played in National Association

Over the span of a few short decades, baseball had become a truly popular pastime. It had been a popular game up in the northeast, but when the Civil War occurred and the Yankees marched to war, they brought the game with them. Baseball quickly spread across the country, and within six years of the war’s end, the first professional league was born.

The National Association, which would become the precursor to the modern National League, was formed in 1871. Comprising of nine teams, it became the first true instance of what would come to be known as MLB, with teams of paid professionals squaring off against one another in a set confederation.

On this day, the first true MLB game was played. The Cleveland Forest Citys faced off against the Fort Wayne Kekiongas, with Cleveland securing a 2-0 victory. Bobby Mathews earned the win, defeating Al Pratt. Deacon White, who would later be inducted into the Hall of Fame, was 3-4, with his double accounting for the first hit in MLB history.

More from Call to the Pen

It is also interesting that this game was a shutout. In the 127 games played in the NA, there were only four shutouts all season, including this performance. It is also worth noting that teams scored an average of approximately 10.5 runs per game, making this an extremely low scoring affair, and quite unusual for the NA.

Interestingly enough, the NA also did not include the first professional team. The Cincinnati Reds, just two years ago to the day, established themselves as a team of professionals, travelling the country for pay. They played their first pro game on this day in 1869, defeating the Cincinnati Great Westerns by a score of 45-9.

The NA would only last for five years, plagued by inner turmoil and weaker teams joining to get those professional teams to their home park, and dropping out before needing to hit the road. In 1876, the NA folded, with the stronger teams forming the modern National League.

The MLB, at least in its first form, came into being on this day in 1871. With that first pitch, the course of baseball was changed.


Sponsor a Page

Online Collection Page Sponsorship

For only $5 a year, you can have your name displayed on an artifact page within our online collection. You can even add a message – a note about the item, a favorite baseball memory or a tribute to a family member or friend.


To listen to MLB games on your Apple iOS device (iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad), download the MLB At Bat iPhone app and MLB At Bat iPad app, and make an in-app sign up for At Bat Premium (small monthly fee), which will give you access to all home and away major league baseball game radio broadcasts.

TuneIn Premium Features: Major League Baseball: TuneIn Premium subscribers can listen to home and away feeds for every game, from Spring Training to the World Series. All TuneIn users can follow their favorite MLB teams on team-specific radio stations to hear daily recaps, press conferences, and more.


Watch the video: 20 FUNNIEST AND MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENTS IN SPORTS (August 2022).

Video, Sitemap-Video, Sitemap-Videos