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Walker James R


Center field shot [[electronic resource] ] : a history of baseball on television / / James R. Walker and Robert V. Bellamy Jr


Lincoln, : University of Nebraska Press, c2008





Descrizione fisica

1 online resource (402 p.)

Altri autori (Persone)

BellamyRobert V




Television broadcasting of sports - United States - History

Baseball - United States - History

Electronic books.

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Note generali

Description based upon print version of record.

Nota di bibliografia

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Nota di contenuto

Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction: The Game in the Box; Part 1: The Local Game; 1. The Experimental Years; 2. The First Seasons of Televised Baseball; 3. Team Approaches to Televisionin the Broadcast Era; Part 2: The National Game; 4. Televising the World Series; 5. Origins of the Game of the Week; 6. The National Television Package, 1966-89; 7. National Broadcasts in the Cable Era; 8. The Pay Television Era; Part 3: Television and Baseball's Dysfunctional Marriage; 9. Television As Threat, Television As Savior

10. Television and the "Death" of the Golden Age Minors11. Baseball, Television, Congress, and the Law; 12. Baseball and Television Synergy; Part 4: How the Game Was Covered; 13. The Announcer in the Television Age; 14. Innovations in Production Practices; Epilogue: Baseball in the Advanced Media Age; Appendix A: Televised Baseball Games, 1949-81; Notes; Index


Center Field Shot traces a sometimes contentious but mutually beneficial relationship from the first televised game in 1939 to the new era of Internet broadcasts, satellite radio, and high-definition TV, considered from the perspective of businessmen collecting

merchandising fees and advertising rights, franchise owners with ever more money to spend on talent, and broadcasters trying to present a game long considered "unfriendly" to television. Ultimately the association of baseball with television emerges as a reflection of-perhaps even a central feature of-American culture at large.