Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Transcription Mystery Disc # 176

This is not the kind of disc I normally find. It's a 10-inch Audio disc with an outer-edge start. It spins at 78 rpm though I had to rip it at 33 rpm because of a notable curvature in the disc. It's is labeled in nice clear block letters "9th Inning 2nd game of 1947 World Series Yankees-10 Dogers-3" This is a recording of the last minutes of the most famous 9th inning rally in Baseball history.

1947 World Series

The recording is just a bit over 4 minutes long and about half way in Mel Allen introduces "the old red Head," Red Barber who is heard for the rest of the recording. Allen wasn't just a sports fan, he was also a radio man. He started out in 1933 announcing college football games on 960 WBRC-AM in Birmingham. His sports broadcasting career at CBS started in 1937 where he stayed until the Yankees fired him as an announcer in 1964. They brought him back in 1976. In 1990 he guested and did play-by-play on WPIX-TV for a Yankees game making him the oldest sportscaster of the day at 77.  He died in 1996.