Saturday, November 16, 2013
It’s not just incredibly cool, it’s incredibly Billy McCool!
According to Al Yellon at BCB, the very fact that this footage exists, let alone is of a no-hitter, is amazing enough. He says it’s likely the earliest surviving color videotape of a baseball game, and among the oldest color videotape recordings period. And the quality is so good!
Naturally, WGN’s technical capabilities bear little resemblance to today’s broadcasts.
You can see that WGN-TV was using just four cameras in that era. There were two cameras behind the plate (one at field level, one in the upper deck), another in the upper deck behind third base, and the center-field shot. Still, they were able to cover the action quite well. There were none of what we consider staples of today’s telecasts: crowd shots or closeups of players before the action, and virtually no graphics, not even a score graphic. The score was shown by a shot of the scoreboard at the end of each half-inning.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
It was a crazy ending to an abysmal season.
Henderson Alvarez pitched the fifth no-hitter in Marlins history, but didn’t know it until a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth scored the game’s only run in a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Alvarez became the first pitcher since Virgil Trucks in 1952 to pitch a complete game no-hitter that was decided on a walk-off play. He also became the first pitcher since Mike Witt in 1984 to toss a no-hitter on the final day of the regular season.
That’s one way to handle Fan Appreciation Day…
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