Listening to the World Series in Times Square

On October 12, 1920, thousands of New Yorkers crowded into Times Square to catch play-by-play updates of that afternoon’s game between the Cleveland Indians and the Brooklyn Robins—aka, the Dodgers. 

The nickname stemmed from manager Wilbert Robinson.

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It was the last day of the series. The Indians won on their home turf, 3-2. Cost of a ticket to see the Dodgers at Ebbets Field? Between $1 and $6 tops.

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6 Responses to “Listening to the World Series in Times Square”

  1. When Road Rage Turns Into a Brawl - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com Says:

    [...] 90 years ago, thousands of baseball fans clogged Times Square to hear a broadcast of the World Series. [Ephemeral New [...]

  2. Kennynyny Says:

    These fans were not following a radio broadcast but rather watching a large scoreboard on which was posted a pitch by pitch account of the game transmitted by telegraph from the ballpark.

    Radio broadcasts of baseball games did not begin until 1921 when station KDKA in Pittsburgh carried a Pirate game from Forbes Field.

  3. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks for the correction. I’d love to see that scoreboard!

  4. Mingusal Says:

    Here is a New York Times story about people gathering to watch the score in the previous year. The scoreboard was operated by the Times on their building. After all, it was Times Square. Interesting here is the rather blithe discussion of folks in the crowd gambling on the game. Somewhat ironic since this was, of course, the infamous fixed “Black Sox” World Series.

    http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=9E0DEEDF1E30E13ABC4852DFB6678382609EDE

  5. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks for the link. The article has some nice touches in it–descriptions of the electric lights of the scoreboard at dusk and the crowd dispersing, going back to work.

  6. A downtown street once called “Newspaper Row” | Ephemeral New York Says:

    […] As the city marched northward, so did the newspaper headquarters: to new enclaves named for them, like Herald Square and Times Square. […]

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