Sports History On This Day: August 5

August 5, 1921 – It was a huge moment in sports broadcasting history! KDKA of Pittsburgh broadcasted the first radio play-by-play of an MLB game.

The contest between the hometown Pirates and their cross-state rival the Philadelphia Phillies was heard through the voice of Harold Arlin, the first play-by-play announcer on radio. In the game, the Pirates blanked the Phillies, 8-0.

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an early transmission room used by radio station KDKA circa 1921. Original caption: "Still another radio-phone broadcasting station, showing the announcer and the receiving operators. This is KDKA of East Pittsburgh, Pa., the forerunner of all the other radio-phone broadcasting stations in the United States." from Austin C. Lescarboura.
The photo is courtesy of Wikimedia Commons of an early transmission room used by radio station KDKA circa 1921. Original caption: "Still another radio-phone broadcasting station, showing the announcer and the receiving operators. This is KDKA of East Pittsburgh, Pa., the forerunner of all the other radio-phone broadcasting stations in the United States." from Austin C. Lescarboura. Special thanks to the resources of Newspapers.com and OnThisDay.com for the information obtained.

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