Wednesday, May 24, 2017

1935: Phillies vs Reds and the first night game


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Most major league games are now played at night, including the post season.    Afternoon baseball is primarily on weekends or opening day.   
The first night game was on this day in 1935:   The Reds beat the Phillies 2-1 before 25,000 happy home team fans!
NIght baseball became a reality in the 1940s.  
The first World Series night game was game 4 in 1971 when the Pirates beat the Orioles.   A few years later, millions watched the 1975 Boston-Cincinnati series.
Most post season games are now under the lights to maximize the TV audience.
The good news about baseball under the lights is that you can tap into prime TV audiences.   The bad news is that a lot of little kids can’t stay up to watch the final innings.    In other words, millions of kids have grown up never seeing the last out of the series.    
Last, but not least, the Cubs did not turn on the lights until 1988!



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