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1928 World Series Game 1 - Fresno Bee Playograph


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In 1928, the Fresno Bee broadcast the World Series between the American League New York Yankees and National League St. Louis Cardinals from a new sign on the side of the Fresno Bee building at the corner of Van Ness & Calaveras Streets. Using an electronic “playograph bulletin” scoreboard with illuminated position markers, the Fresno Bee announced the annual Fall Classic in real time as plays were reported over the telegraph wires. This photograph shows the crowd of eager fans enjoying Game One of the 1928 World Series on October 4th in the bottom of the fourth inning, featuring many of the Yankees’ famed “Murderer’s Row” hitting lineup that included Earl Combs, Bob Meusel, Babe Ruth, and Lou Gehrig, pictured in 1927. Fresh from winning the 1927 World Series, the Yankees won Game One of the 1928 series by a margin of 4-1 and would go on to sweep the Cardinals, continuing the legacy of the domineering ball club nicknamed the “Bronx Bombers.”