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September 1, 2016

The (Baseball) Boys of Summer

August 26th of this year marked the 77th anniversary of the first televised major league baseball game. The game aired on W2XBS, which became WNBC-TV. Called by announcer Red Barber, the matchup featured the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. According to only an estimated 400 people in the New York area had access to a TV at the time. But the broadcast coincided with the 1939 World’s Fair, taking place in nearby Flushing Meadows (now home of the USTA National Tennis Center and the US Open). At the event, RCA introduced TVs to American consumers. And with the telecast of the Reds vs Dodgers, NBC’s broadcasting business began.