August 26—The Boys of Summer first hit the TV

On August 26, 1939, the first Major League Baseball game was televised. It’s crazy to think of a time when America’s favourite pastime wasn’t on TV, as 71 years later baseball has a near monopoly on North American sports during the Summer time. With games now in high definition and drawing millions of viewers, Major League Baseball and Television have both come a long way.

In 1980, baseball enjoyed its greatest television success as 42.3 million viewers tuned into the World Series to watch the Philadelphia Phillies win their first ever championship. Baseball has never been able to reach that plateau again however, as the 2008 World Series was the least watched Championship Series in baseball history, drawing just over 13.6 million viewers.


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