Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Oldest Baseball Radio Broadcast

This is the oldest (virtually) complete radio broadcast of a regular season baseball game known to exist. I lifted that sentence straight from the description from alpineinc1 because it was perfect. It contains the relevant caveats and still sells the historical relevancy. The program aired live on WWJ-AM which is how we come to have an existing transcription.

On September 20, 1934, the Yankees played the Tigers at Navin Field; now known as Briggs Stadium in Detroit. It's announced by Ty Tyson who was a huge figure in early sports broadcasting. the audio is worthwhile for the ads alone, but real baseball fans will appreciate the Yankees in the era of Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth.