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First MLB game broadcast on RCA-NBC

Updated: August 23, 2001, 10:25 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Aug. 26, 1939

Television and major league baseball are joined for the first time. Ebbets Field is the site and Red Barber, Brooklyn's radio announcer, is the broadcaster as RCA-NBC televises the Dodgers splitting a doubleheader with the Cincinnati Reds. There are some 500 television sets in the New York metropolitan area.

Two cameras are placed slightly to the left of home plate, and at no time is the entire field visible. When long shots are attempted, third base, shortstop ...

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