Monday, August 5, 2013

Big League History...August 5, 1921

Today we celebrate a great moment in baseball, the very first broadcast of a big league game, on KDKA Radio, in Pittsburgh.

Harold Arlin was the man behind the microphone as the Pirates defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-5, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.

Arlin, just 25 years old, was seated in a box seat on the field level at Forbes Field, describing the action between the Phillies and the Hometown Pirates.

BOXSCORE, August 5th, 1921, Phillies @ Pirates, @ Forbes Field, Pittsburgh.

For 92 years now baseball fans have grown to love our National Pastime.

Fans have learned about the game trough storytellers and wordsmiths like Harold Arlin, Ty Tyson, Mel Allen, Red Barber, Vin Scully, Harry Carey, Jack Buck, and of course, Ernie Harwell, the Voice of the Detroit Tigers during my youth.

Today I listen to the Detroit Tigers games described by Dan Dickerson, the current Voice of the Tigers, along with former Tigers catcher Jim Price.

Locally here in Jacksonville, Roger Hoover is the Voice of the Suns.

Please feel free to comment on your favorite baseball announcer, and why you love baseball on the radio.

Play Ball!

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