Sports Audio Archive Finds Home at Library of Congress

From Vincent M. Mallozzi at The New York Times on March 9:

Bob Murphy’s account of Nolan Ryan’s first strikeout in his debut with the Mets in 1966 is among more than 6,000 radio and television broadcast recordings of memorable games and colorful calls that the Library of Congress has acquired and plans to make public.


The library will announce the purchase of the audio recordings on Wednesday. The archive belonged to John Miley, an 80-year-old retired businessman in Evansville, Ind. It includes all seven games of the Brooklyn Dodgers’ lone World Series championship in 1955, Jim Brown’s exploits for Syracuse in the 1957 Cotton Bowl and Sandy Koufax’s first no-hitter in 1962.

“This represents the largest and most significant collection of sports broadcasts in America,” Gene DeAnna, the head of the recorded sound section at the Library of Congress, said Tuesday in a telephone interview.

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Originally published: March 12, 2011. Last Updated: March 12, 2011.