On this date (August 26) in 1939 the first telecast of a major league baseball game took place.
It was the first game of a doubleheader at Ebbets Field, Brooklyn, between the Dodgers and Cincinnati. Those who watched saw the league-leading Reds win 5-2.
NBC broadcast the game on its station W2XBS based in the Empire State Building. The broadcast range was approximately 50 miles to a potential audience of about 100 TV sets. Two cameras were used – one in the upper deck behind third base, where Red Barber called the game. The other camera was behind home plate. Barber wore earphones that connected him to the director, Burke Crotty, stationed in a bus outside the ballpark. With no monitor available to him, Barber had to rely on Crotty to tell him what the television audience was seeing on their screen.Share