First World Series Radio Broadcast
The 2017 World Series will begin with the first game being played on October 24th. Should a full series of seven games be necessary, the seventh and final game will be played on November 1st. Many people may watch the games streaming on their electronic devices. My generation grew up watching the games on television beginning with the first television broadcast in September of 1947. My father’s generation began listening to radio broadcasts of this series.
The idea of wireless communication dates back to at least the 1830s when experiments in induction and transmission through the ground, water, and other materials were performed. In 1864, James Maxwell showed in theoretical and mathematical form that electromagnetic waves could propagate through free space. In 1893 Nikola Tesla proposed a system for transmitting intelligence and wireless power using the earth as the conducting medium. In 1876, Thomas Edison received a patent for a system of electrical wireless communication between ships. In 1893, Tesla proposed this wireless power technology could also incorporate a system for the telecommunication of information. The first wireless radio broadcast was made in 1906.
The earliest known mention of baseball in the United States is a 1791 ordinance banning the playing of the game within 80 yards of the town meeting house in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In 1857 the National Association of Base Ball Players (NABBP) was formed. After the Civil War there were semi-pro national baseball clubs playing the game in several areas of this country. There were allegations in 1903 that the game evolved from a similar game of rounders that was played in Britain. A commission was formed to determine the rightful source or founder of the game. After three years the commission erroneously determined that the game was invented by Abner Doubleday.
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