Today in History: 1st televised baseball game

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Today in History: 1st televised baseball game
circa 1945: A baseball game plays on an early television set. (Photo by R. Gates/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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)
A young family watching baseball on television in their lounge, 1966. (Photo by Harold M. Lambert/Getty Images)
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)

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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