‘Robinson knocks the grime out of his cleats. He seems to the third-base coach for the signal. Pee Wee leads off first. Crowd’s getting edgy. And right here’s the pitch from Brecheen. Robbie swings, and smacks a tough . . .”
It by no means occurred fairly this fashion, however within the studio in New York in 1952, Pink Barber was re-creating a recreation he couldn’t see, from bits of data from a Western Union operator on the Brooklyn Dodgers’ recreation at St. Louis towards the Cardinals.
I recall moments like this after Main League Baseball’s announcement that play will resume with out spectators. How do you retain the joy of a recreation when it’s performed nearly in a vacuum? Why, add crowd noise—recorded sounds of followers murmuring within the background, cheering when the ball is struck, perhaps even booing at a referred to as strike.
Within the late 1940s and early 1950s, the penurious New York radio station WHN and equally low cost Dodgers wouldn’t at all times ship announcers to video games farther away than Philadelphia or Boston. So Barber would sit at his desk, and get bare-bones data telegraphed on a strip of paper—one thing like “Robinson out, 6-3.” That was scorer’s shorthand for Jackie Robinson grounding to the shortstop (6), who threw him out at first (3).