Granillo: 1948 World Series Game 1, a radio diary

From SABR member Larry Granillo at Baseball Prospectus on January 31, 2013:

Last week, Ben Lindbergh let us all in on the secret treasure trove of 50- and 60-year old radio broadcasts that Craig Robinson at Flip Flop Fly Ballin’ recently uncovered. It’s a pretty fantastic find, with games ranging from the 1948 World Series to a late summer game between the White Sox and Red Sox in the Impossible Dream season.

While Ben had a few things to say about Game 5 of the 1948 World Series, I recently listened to the full two-hour broadcast of Game 1 of the same series, a tight pitcher’s duel between Bob Feller and Johnny Sain. Even for a game played when Jackie Robinson was the reigning Rookie of the Year, the game, at one-hour and forty-two minutes long, was a speedy affair. By contrast, Game 1 of the 2012 World Series between Justin Verlander and Barry Zito lasted three-hours and 26-minutes.

Listening to a radio broadcast that my grandfather might have listened to as a teenager, there are a number of other things about this World Series game that strike my 21st century sensibilities as strange or different. Here then is a (kind-of, sort-of) running diary of Game 1 of the 1948 World Series, as broadcast by Mel Allen and Jim Britt. Brought to you by Gillette.

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Originally published: January 31, 2013. Last Updated: January 31, 2013.