Baseball on the radio forms the soundtrack to much of my life, and I miss hearing live games. Fortunately, the Internet Archive has a trove of old broadcasts that can scratch your audio itch.
The broadcasts, free of copyright restrictions, run from the 1934 All-Star game through the 1973 World Series. I’ve sampled several games from several teams; it’s like opening a time capsule.
For example, I listened to a good chunk of the first game of a doubleheader between the Indians and the Yankees in New York on May 13, 1962. The Tribe lineup in the first game matches my earliest memories — proof that I was a fan at 5 years old.
Many of the broadcasts that I sampled were recorded by WGY-AM in Schenectady, New York. God bless whoever decided to save the recordings.
The menu of games has a kid-in-a-candy-store appeal: so many choices, it’s hard to decide. Go for a broadcast of your favorite team, or check out one of the many World Series recordings (I headed straight toward the 1967 Red Sox-Cardinals classic).
Not to be missed: that ’34 All-Star game. It’s the one where Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants strikes out five straight American League players, all of them future Hall-of-Famers: Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin.
I’d always heard about that incredible feat, but I never had a true appreciation for the drama of it. If you listen to the radio replay (there’s a fairly long intro that sets the stage to the game, which itself is great), you discover that Hubbell didn’t cruise through the AL lineup. He labored, getting the first three K’s with two runners on base and they even execute a double steal.
The broadcast is gripping. It will help get you through the corona virus hiatus.