1947 WORLD SERIES, The First Televised World Series, September 30-October 6, 1947

Written By: Greg Howell - Jul• 26•16


The 1947 World Series is still revered by sports aficionados and fans. Countless sports shows and documentaries have featured and referred to this classic sports event. Good fortune for television that it was also the first World Series broadcast.
The series pitted the New York Yankees against bitter rival the Brooklyn Dodgers. Yankees Joe DiMaggio and the unbeatable Allie Reynolds had been charging up the fans all season. The Dodgers had just added Jackie Robinson to their roster, breaking the racial barrier and making this a landmark series indeed. Baseball was at an all time peak, and this series had everything, including rookie Yogi Berra.
And for those unable to attend, it was truly miraculous. It was being broadcast to television sets in New York, albeit, to those bars, restaurants, and few homes equipped with TV sets . The New York area broadcast, including Philadelphia, Washington, and Schenectady, was momentous, as it is still considered one of the greatest World Series of all times.
By Game 4, with baseball fever running at full force, people were gathering around any television that they could find, watching grainy gray telecasts on 10 inch television screens. Their dreams to own their OWN television set was born.
Television coverage of the series was a smash, and over 7 dizzying games, garnered an estimated total viewing audience of 3.9 million. There were only 70,000 sets in the viewing area! As many as 40 to 50 people on the average gathered around every single set in New York, filling bars, department store windows, and neighborhood homes to view the series. It provided the medium a new sense of urgency and potential. Owning a television was the new American Dream.



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