The Payphone Stadium Project

From SABR member Larry Granillo at Baseball Prospectus on February 13, 2012:

It was a strange time, 1990. “The Simpsons” were on the air, an out-of-touch Massachusetts politician was fighting for relevancy, a man who couldn’t spell “potato” was one breath away from the presidency, and Jose Canseco was trying his hardest to look like a idiot to anyone who would pay attention to him.

In this age of M.C. Hammer parachute pants, Axl Rose whistle-solos, and the long, flowing, luxurious… golden… taste-of-heaven locks of Michael Bolton, one man saw a glaring need among the country’s baseball fans. It was a pre-internet world. Cell phones were still reserved for the Gordon Gecko’s and Zack Morris’s of the world, and even cable television was a luxury for most of the nation. If a Reds fan, for example, was living in Seattle and wanted to know how that day’s Jose Rijo/Frank Viola match-up was going, he had little choice but to wait until the next day’s paper to see the results. If he was lucky, he might have one of those giant, eight-foot satellite dishes out in his yard, but even then he was probably leasing its use to NASA or using it as a fallout shelter rather than watching television with it.

The point is that in 1990 it was impossible for someone to know what exactly was happening in a live game if they weren’t living in radio- or television-broadcast range of the game, and the world was a worse-place for it. That June, Beckett Baseball Card Monthly senior editor Pepper Hastings finally had enough of this medieval situation and decided to do something about it.

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Originally published: February 13, 2012. Last Updated: February 13, 2012.