A TELEVISION FIRST ON THIS DAY IN 1939

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Davey O’Brien of the Eagles

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NBC play-by-play announcer Allen “Skip” Walz

An NFL game between the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Philadelphia Eagles on
October 22, 1939 was the first televised pro football game. The fortunate New
Yorkers who owned television sets viewed the game over NBC’s experimental
station W2XBS. A crowd of 13,050 were on hand at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field
when the Eagles fell to the Dodgers 23-14. According to Allen Walz (above),
the play-by-play announcer, that first  telecast was done with just eight people
and only two iconoscope cameras. One was located in the box seats on the
4-yard line and the other was in the stadiums mezzanine section. There were
no commercial interruptions during the game. 

1939 football annual
1939

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