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64 years ago today, the 1st MLB game was broadcast in color

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An NBC television crew broadcasts baseball on TV for the first time during a game between Columbia University and Princeton at New York's Baker Field in 1939. Two mobile vans sent the television signal to the transmitter at the Empire State Building for broadcast to homes equipped with televisions. (AP Photo)
circa 1945: A baseball game plays on an early television set. (Photo by R. Gates/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Recording the plays of various sporting events for newspapers or shooting them for television is more than just operating a small camera. Intricate long range machines of many types are used by trained technicians. Here Harry Harris, Associated Press photographer, drops the curtain of his "Big Bertha" still camera on a close play during the New York Yankees-Cleveland Indian baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Oct. 6, 1946. (AP Photo/Ed Ford)
Despite confinement to his apartment, Babe Ruth will still be able to see the New York baseball teams in action. Winding up Babe Ruth Day events, Babe today, Tuesday, April 29, 1947, was presented with a television set by RCA Victor. The presentation, which took place at Babe's Riverside Drive apartment, where the set was installed, was made by Irving Sarnoff, President of Bruno-NY, local RCA Victor distributor. The Babe is shown testing his new machine. (AP Photo)
CBS television camera crew and radio announcer broadcast the baseball action between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug. 19, 1947. (AP Photo)
Boston baseball fans who couldn't get to Braves Field to see the opening game in the 1948 World Series between the Braves and the Cleveland Indian watch the action on some of the 100 television sets installed on Boston Common in Boston, Oct. 6, 1948. (AP Photo)
Kansas City restaurant patrons forget their food as they watch the early innings of the second World Series game at Philadelphia, Oct. 5, 1950. (William Straeter)
Yankees rookie outfielder Mickey Mantle watches Game 3 of the World Series between the Yankee and the New York Giants on television at New York’s Lenox Hill Hospital, Oct. 6, 1951. Mantle tore up his knee in the previous day’s game as he and centerfielder Joe DiMaggio chased down a fly ball from Willie Mays. DiMaggio made the catch as Mantle caught his cleats in the cover of a drain in Yankee Stadium’s outfield, severely wrenching his knee. Injuries would dog the Mick throughout his career. (AP Photo)
New York Yankees announcer Mel Allen, seated, reports the game between the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles from the television box behind home plate at Yankee Stadium on May 11, 1956. Behind the camera, center, is Jim Woods. (AP Photo/Robert Kradin)
Whitey Herzog, former Denver Bear outfielder now in the Washington Senators, and Debbie, his 21-month-old daughter, watch television in their trailer home at 5555 West 16th avenue while his wife, Mary Lou, steals a moment from her kitchen work for a peek.; (Photo By The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Calvin Griffith, president of the Minnesota Twins, sits in the press box at Metropolitan Stadium watching the Twins on television and awaiting the start of the Minnesota Vikings-Detroit Lions NFL game, Sept. 26, 1965. (AP Photo/Gene Herrick)
A young family watching baseball on television in their lounge, 1966. (Photo by Harold M. Lambert/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Dodger Rick Monday, right, and his wife Barbaralee Monday watch the fifth and final game of the AL playoff, Sunday, Oct. 10, 1977, Philadelphia, Pa. The Dodgers, the NL Champions, were waiting for the winner of the Yankees-Royals game so that they could fly to the city of the winner team to begin the World Series. (AP Photo/MBK)
Pete Roses family is all smiles as they watch him get his first hit on the family television set in their home, Tuesday, July 25, 1978, Cincinnati, Oh. Karolyn Rose, right, and the children, Pete Rose Jr. and Fawn Rose, gathered around the set each time Rose came to bat in the game with the Mets in New York as he continued his consecutive game hitting streak. (AP Photo)
The Pirate Parrot, the National League baseball team's mascot, fools with a television camera before the start of a recent game at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pa., June 20, 1979. The man inside the suit, Kevin Koch, says he has passed out from the heat twice since the season began. -- (Pittsburgh, June 20, 1979.)
Jumbo Shepley, far left, Bill Powell, rear center, Pat Hapli, rear right, Kevin O'Callaghan, left, and Joe Fusco, with cigar, watch the pre-game activities on the television in the Comiskey Park parking lot, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1993 in Chicago. They were tailgating prior to the start of Game 1 of the American League Championship Series which matches The Chicago White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays. (AP Photo/Mark Elias)
Mike Kaplon stands under a television broadcasting the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers baseball game at D.B. Coopers Sports Bar in Los Angeles on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 1997. (AP Photo/John Hayes)
Seattle Mariners' Carl Everett, left, gives a friendly shove to television camera operator Chris Allard while blocking his lens at MLB baseball spring training, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2006, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
New York Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran poses for a television crew during photo day at baseball spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Friday Feb. 24, 2006. (AP Photo/Richard Drew
President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are seen on a television monitor as they attend the Washington Nationals baseball game, Saturday, July 8, 2006, in Washington. The Nationals hosted the San Diego Padres. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig speaks live on television at The American Bull Bar & Grill in Burlingame, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007 with autographed baseballs and a photo and artist drawing of AT&T Park in San Francisco in foreground. Roger Clemens, Miguel Tejada and Andy Pettitte were named in the long-awaited Mitchell Report on Thursday, an All-Star roster linked to steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs that put a question mark, if not an asterisk, next to some of baseball's biggest moments. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
Baseball fans watch Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard at bat on four large televisions screens in the lobby of the Comcast Center in downtown Philadelphia as the Phillies play the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 2 of the National League division series Thursday, Oct. 2, 2008, in Philadelphia. Howard struck out. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine listens, right, as Bob DuPuy, president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball speaks Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2009, in Secaucus, N.J., at MLB Network Studios during the indoor dedication of a street outside the studios of baseball's new cable television network. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Root Sports television play-by-play commentator Dave Sims, right, fights off fatigue in Root's Bellevue, Wash., studio during pre-game ceremonies as he prepares to broadcast an MLB baseball game played 5,000 miles away in Japan between the Seattle Mariners and the Oakland Athletics, in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Baltimore Orioles' Mark Reynolds is seen on a television camera viewfinder as he pauses during an at-bat in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Baltimore, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Reynolds was hitless in four at-bats, and Los Angeles won 7-3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Boston Red Sox's Ryan Lavarnway, right, tries out a television camera before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals in Boston, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi speaks to the media during a press conference viewed from a television camera at George M. Steinbrenner Field Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz)
Baltimore Orioles catcher Nick Hundley looks up at television crews boom microphone during batting practice before Game 2 of the American League baseball championship series against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 13: The Phillie Phanatic watches the Philadelphia Phillies verses the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on television in a hallway on August 13, 2014 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Matt Brown/Angels Baseball LP/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 29: Kansas City Royals fans cheer in the Power and Light District during Game Seven of the World Series on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. Thousands of fans gathered to watch the Kansas City Royals take on the San Francisco Giants. (Photo by Julie Denesha/Getty Images)

Baseball has undergone so much overhaul in recent decades, it's become hard to keep track. But one of the biggest advancements in the game's history took place on this day in 1951.

It was exactly 64 years ago that the first baseball game was broadcast on television in color. WCBS-TV in New York City broadcast the Boston Braves beating the Brooklyn Dodgers by an 8-1 score.

Click through the gallery above to find a history of baseball broadcasting advancements, and see the slideshow below for a recent collection of historical events.

Today in History: August
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64 years ago today, the 1st MLB game was broadcast in color

This Day in History: August 30th, 30 B.C. 

Cleopatra commits suicide 

Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, was known for her exotic beauty and seduction. However, she was much more than just an enchantress, she was an influential ruler. 

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This Day in History: August 25th, 1939

"The Wizard of Oz" premieres.

Based on the 1900 children's novel "The Wonderful Life of Oz," by L. Frank Baum, "The Wizard of Oz" told the story of Dorothy, played by the beloved Judy Garland, a young Kansas farm girl, who, after being knocked unconscious in a tornado, dreams about following a yellow brick road.

Read the full story here

(Photo by Getty)

This Day in History: August 21st, 1959

Hawaii becomes 50th state

56 years ago today, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the proclamation welcoming Hawaii into the United States. It was on this same day that the president ordered a new U.S. flag to be made, featuring 50 stars arranged in staggered rows: five six-star rows and four five-star rows.

Read the full story here

(Photo by Feng Wei Photography)

This Day in History: August 11th, 1951: The first MLB game is broadcast in color

Sixty-one years ago, WCBS-TV in New York City broadcast the Boston Braves beating the Brooklyn Dodgers on television in full color.


This Day in History: August 11th, 1934

Prisoners land on Alcatraz

81 years ago today, the first federal prisoners arrived at Alcatraz Island. On August 11, 1934, the "most dangerous" prisoners in the United States were put on the mysterious island situated 1.5 miles off the coast of San Francisco.

Read the full story here

(Photo by Andres Rodriguez)

This Day in History: August 9th, 1969

Actress Sharon Tate found murdered

46 years ago today, the Manson Murders rocked the Hollywood Hills. On August 9, 1969, actress Sharon Tate was found murdered in her California home, along with 4 others.

Tate, an up and coming film sensation and wife of Roman Polanski, was eight-and-a-half months pregnant at the time of the murder.

Read the full story here

(AP Photo)

This Day in History: August 8th, 1974 Richard NIxon resigned.

Nixon said that he officially decided to resign when he realized that he no longer had a "strong enough political base in the Congress" to make it possible for him to complete his term as president.

Read the full story here

(Photo by William A. Smith via AP Photo)

This Day in History: August 7th, 2007

Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's home run record

On August 7th, 2007, Barry Bonds hit home run No. 756, braking Hank Aaron's previous record of 755.

(Jed Jacobsohn via Getty Images)

This Day in History: August 6th, 1945

Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, the United States became the first an only nation to use an atomic weapon during war when Enola Gay -- an American bomber -- dropped a five-ton atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

Read more of the story here.

 (Photo by Roger Viollet/Getty Images)

This Day in History: August 5th, 1914

The first electric traffic light was installed

The first ever electric traffic signal was introduced in Cleveland, Ohio, at the corner of Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street on August 5, 1914.

Read more on this story here.

(Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

This Day in History: August 4th, 1944

Anne Frank was captured

The Frank family escaped from Germany in 1942, out of fear of being sent to a Nazi concentration camp. With the help of a few good-hearted samaritans in Amsterdam, they were able to stay hidden for a total of 25 months. On August 1, 1944, 15-year-old Frank penned the last entry in her diary.

Read the full story here

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This Day in History: August 3rd, 1958

Nautilus travels under the North Pole

On August 3rd, 1958, Nautilus -- the world's first nuclear submarine -- accomplished its first undersea voyage to the North Pole.

Read the full story here.

(Photo by Arkivi/Getty Images)


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