Baseball Radio Broadcasts Brings back Childhood Memories
Baseball Radio Broadcasts
The first baseball radio broadcast was on August 5, 1921. The
game was broadcast by KDKA of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Pirates
defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-5. It was broadcast by Harold
Arlin, KDKA's announcer. That year, KDKA and WJZ of Newark broadcast
the first World Series on the radio, with Grantland Rice and Tommy
Cowan calling the games for KDKA and WJZ, respectively. However, the
broadcasters were not actually present at the game, but simply gave
reports from a telegraph wire. The next year, WJZ broadcast the
entire series, with Rice doing play-by-play. For the 1923
World Series, Rice was joined on Westinghouse for the first time
by Graham McNamee.
During the 1923 World Series, Rice was the main broadcaster, but
during the fourth inning of Game 3, he turned the microphone over to
McNamee. This was the start of McNamee's career, and McNamee became
the first color commentator. Although frequently criticized for his
lack of expertise, McNamee helped popularize baseball.
Though baseball radio broadcast grew quickly as a medium for
baseball, many teams were still apprehensive about it, fearing
negative effects on attendance. Nevertheless, each team was allowed
to reach its own policy by 1932, and the Chicago Cubs broadcast all
of their games on WMAQ in 1935. The last holdouts were the New York
teams—the Giants, Dodgers, and Yankees combined to block radio
broadcasts of their games until 1938.
By the end of this period, radio had become increasingly
commercialized. Wheaties started its long relationship with baseball
radio in 1933, and in 1934, sponsorship rights to the World Series
were first sold.
The Golden Age
During the Golden Age of Radio, television sports broadcasting
was in its infancy, and radio was still the main form of
broadcasting baseball. Many notable broadcasters, such as Red
Barber, Mel Allen, Vin Scully, Russ Hodges, and Ernie Harwell,
started in this period.
However, baseball radio broadcasts still did not look like the
way it does today—recreations of games based on telegrams, the
original means of broadcasting, were still widely used. The Liberty
Broadcasting System operated solely through recreations of games,
because live games were too expensive. Gordon McLendon broadcast
games throughout the South from 1948 until 1952, when new blackout
regulations forced him to stop. Mutual Broadcasting System also
broadcast a Game of the Day during the 1950s.
Barber, nicknamed "The Ol' Redhead", was primarily identified
with baseball radio broadcasts of Major League Baseball, calling
play-by-play across four decades with the Cincinnati Reds (1934-38),
Brooklyn Dodgers (1939-1953), and New York Yankees (1954-1966). Like
his fellow sports pioneer Mel Allen, Barber also gained a niche
calling college and professional football in his primary market of
New York City.
Mel Allen (February 14, 1913 – June 16, 1996) was an American
sportscaster, best known for his long tenure as the primary
play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees. During the peak of
his career in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, Allen was arguably the
most prominent member of his profession, his voice familiar to
millions. In his later years, he gained a second professional life
as the first host of This Week in Baseball.
Vincent Edward "Vin" Scully (born November 29, 1927, in The
Bronx, New York) is an American sportscaster, known primarily as the
play-by-play voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball
teams. His 57-year tenure with the Dodgers (1950-) is the longest of
any baseball radio broadcaster with a single club in professional
sports history. Named California Sportscaster of the Year
twenty-eight times, he received the Ford Frick Award from the
Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, was honored with a the Life
Achievement Emmy Award for sportscasting and induction into the
Radio Hall of Fame in 1995, and was named Broadcaster of the Century
by the American Sportscasters Association in 2000.
Russell Patrick Hodges (June 18, 1910 – April 19, 1971) was an
American broadcaster who did play-by-play for several baseball
teams, most notably the New York and San Francisco Giants.
Born in Dayton, Tennessee, Hodges began his career in 1929. He
was nomadic for the first two decades of his career. He worked for
the Chicago Cubs, Washington Senators, and Cincinnati Reds before
landing in the Bronx with the New York Yankees.
In 1949, Hodges finally found a home with the Giants. On October
3, 1951, Hodges was at the microphone for Bobby Thomson's famous
Shot Heard 'Round the World. It was Hodges who cried, "The Giants
win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!"
William Earnest "Ernie" Harwell (born January 25, 1918 in
Washington, Georgia) is a former American sportscaster, known for
his long career calling play-by-play of Major League Baseball games.
For 55 years, 42 of them with the Detroit Tigers, Harwell called
balls, strikes, and home runs on radio and television.
Maris hit his 61st on October 1, 1961, in the fourth inning of
the last game of the season, a sparsely attended contest between the
Yankees and the Boston Red Sox in New York. Hear the late Phil
Rizzuto long time New York Yankee baseball radio broadcaster
make the Call!!!
Radio, Rizzuto Calling Maris's 61st Home Run
Larsens World Series Perfect Game Radio Broadcast
Don Larsen and Yogi
Berra embrace after Larsen completed the only perfect game in World
Series History. Get the entire radio broadcast of this game.
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Larsens World Series Perfect Game Radio Broadcast
1962 New York Mets First Yearbook
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