Aug 05, 1921: 1st MLB broadcast
Submitted by BTGrimes on Sun, 08/05/2012 - 5:00am
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - The first radio broadcast of a major league baseball game was heard today in baseball history (1921). Studio announcer Harold Arlin became the first play-by-play man as he described the Pittsburgh Pirates' 8-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies from Forbes Field on radio station KDKA.
It turned out radio's intimacy made it and baseball an ideal match. Radio's portability helped too; at home, in the car, at the office, a transistor radio under the pillow. Still, it took years for many teams to recognize the marketing ability of broadcasting games. It was 1938 before major league games were regularly broadcast in New York City, the country's largest market.
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