Today in History: 1st televised baseball game
The first televised baseball game in the world was actually... two baseball games.
The first MLB telecast was aired on Aug. 26, 1939, and was actually a double-header between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Cincinnati Reds. The teams split the two-game set.
W2XBS had the game in Brooklyn, which later became WNBC-TV. Red Barber was the lone broadcaster assigned to the game.
The broadcast came at a time where television was still tremendously unpopular. Roughly 400 people in the New York market owned sets, with the technology not catching on for another decade or two.
In 2015, sports television makes up a huge portion of the sports industry. The NBA just signed a $24 billion television contract last year that has already brought about direct changes to player salaries. In 2012, the MLB and ESPN reached an eight-year deal worth $5.6 billion.
Click through the gallery above to find some historical pictures of baseball being broadcasted, and be sure to check out the video below for an interesting tale about a former popular Major Leaguer's new gig.
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