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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Deadspin: Never-Before-Seen Color Footage Of 1965 Baseball Is Incredibly Cool

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.

AndrewJ Posted: November 16, 2013 at 10:26 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, history, jim maloney, no-hitters, reds, tv, wrigley field

 

 

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