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    Here is another clash of the facts. One source says the first televised All-Star Game was in 1950, another says it was in 1948. Which one is correct?

  • #2
    What's the source for 1948?
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    • #3
      It can be found here, for one:

      http://books.google.com/books?id=6kP...20game&f=false

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
        Very interesting. I'm stumped too.
        My top 10 players:

        1. Babe Ruth
        2. Barry Bonds
        3. Ty Cobb
        4. Ted Williams
        5. Willie Mays
        6. Alex Rodriguez
        7. Hank Aaron
        8. Honus Wagner
        9. Lou Gehrig
        10. Mickey Mantle

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        • #5
          Either way, here's some cool footage from the 1950 game.

          My top 10 players:

          1. Babe Ruth
          2. Barry Bonds
          3. Ty Cobb
          4. Ted Williams
          5. Willie Mays
          6. Alex Rodriguez
          7. Hank Aaron
          8. Honus Wagner
          9. Lou Gehrig
          10. Mickey Mantle

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          • #6
            Tangential Info to the all-star game question:
            The 1948-49 television season is often considered the first TV season to have regularly scheduled programs and the first season with a significant viewing audience and where enough households owned TVs so that TV ratings were signigicant (ie: advertiing rates could be determined based on the success or number of viewers watching any particular show. - I Believe the first Emmys were presented in 1949 at the conclusion of the 1948-49 season.

            1948 definitely could have been the date of the first televised all-star game since the TV business was booming that year.

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            • #7
              It could be 1948....or 1949.

              The 1948 All-Star Game was at St. Louis' Sportsmans' Park, and it's possible the game could have been telecast locally on a St. Louis station. Golf's U.S. Open had been held at St. Louis Country Club in 1947 and was telecast locally, although there were less than 1,000 sets in use in the St. Louis area at the time. I know the '48 ASG was not televised in the NYC area- all five stations telecast the Democratic National Convention that day. IIRC, the coaxial cable went only as far as Chicago in 1948, and the game probably wouldn't have been able to be broadcast to the East or the West.

              I do know the 1949 All-Star Game- which was held at Ebbets Field- was telecast in the New York area over WCBS, which televised all of their home games. Don't know how far west the coaxial cable went by then- Omaha?- but it wasn't until September of '51 that microwave technology allowed TV programs to be telecast coast-to-coast.


              I'd say if someone in the St. Louis area had the time to check any microfilm of the St. Louis papers from 1948, it could clarify the situation, but it remains an unsolved mystery to me- for now.
              Last edited by chinese home run; 02-02-2013, 01:31 PM. Reason: spelling

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