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It happened on the radio, on this date in 1921. According to History dot com radio station KDKA in Pittsburg PA broadcast the very first sporting event over the radio airwaves. It was a lightweight boxing match between Johnny Ray and Johnny Dundee. The station aired a second live sporting event three months later when they covered a heavyweight fight between Jack Dempsey and George Carpentier. In August, 1921, Harold Arlin voiced the very first Major League baseball game on KDKA. He sat in a box seat behind home plate with a makeshift microphone that looked like a tomato can. The game was between the Pirates and the Phillies. The fans sitting around Arlin were mystified by his call of the game. Can you imagine sitting behind a guy watching and listening to him talk to himself about a baseball game you were watching in person? KDKA had distributed radios to employees to ensure at least a small audience, but there were no radios in the stands that day. We’ll never know what those first broadcasts of sporting event sounded like because there were no recordings made. Today there are thousands of radio stations that carry all sorts of sporting events, just like our very own WFTR, Sports radio 1450, where the home team plays. Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/
Phils Complete Sweep Of Nats, O’s Back In Action, Olympic Update
The Philadelphia Phillies posted 4 runs in the 9th inning and completed a 4-game sweep of the Washington Nationals yesterday with a 7-6 win in DC. Josh Bell’s 3-run homer in the 5th gave the Nats a 5-2 lead, but J.T. Realmuto’s game-tying double and Rhys Hoskins’ 2-run double gave the Phils the victory. The 49-60 Nationals now travel to Atlanta for a 3-game weekend set against the Braves. Air time tonight is 6:50 on Sports Radio 1450.
The Baltimore Orioles open a 3-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at Camden Yards. First pitch tonight is 7:05.
At the Summer Olympics, the USA took gold in women’s beach volleyball. Meanwhile, the US women’s soccer team had to settle for bronze, as the defeated Australia 4-3. And the Americans will play for the gold in volleyball after beating Serbia 3-0. The USA leads the overall medal count with 92. The Summer Games end on Sunday.
And, the NFL preseason began last night, as Pittsburgh defeated Dallas 16-3 in the Hall Of Fame Game. The Hall Of fame 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted this weekend.
Caps Fall In OT, Nats Lose To Cubs, Wizards Vs. Celtics In NBA Play-In Tourney
All quiet on the SU scene, as Baseball gets set for the ODAC Championship series Friday against Lynchburg.
The Boston Bruins beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in OT last night to even that first-round NHL playoff series at a game apiece. The Bruins scored the tying goal with just 2:49 to play in regulation, and Brad Marchand lit the lamp less than a minute into the overtime period. 39 year-old Greg Anderson stopped 48 shots for the Caps, who head to Boston for Game 3 Wednesday. Air time is 6:15 on The River 95-3.
Jon Lester gave up 5 runs and 8 hits against his old team, as the Chicago Cubs took down the Washington Nationals last night 7-3. Another former Cub, Kyle Schwarber, hit a 2-run homer for the Nats, but it was not enough as Washington dropped to 16-21 on the season. The 2 teams play again tonight starting at 7:10 on Sports Radio 1450.
The Orioles take on the Tampa Bay Rays tonight at 7:05.
And, the Washington Wizards travel to Boston tonight for an NBA play-in game. Teams seeded 7 through 10 will compete in s 3-day, 2-round tournament to decide which two teams get the number 7 and 8 playoff spots. The Wizards , by virtue of a 17-6 record down the stretch, are the number 8 seed, while the Celtics are the 7-seed. Tip off is set for 9pm.
SU Update, Nats Break Losing Skid, Caps-Flyers Tonight
On the Shenandoah University sports scene, Field Hockey hosts Bridgewater tonight in a quarterfinal matchup of the ODAC Tournament. The 6-3 Hornets are the 4-seed, while the Eagles are the 5-seed. Game time is 7pm on the Sprint Field of Shentel Stadium.
The Washington Nationals activated several key players last night, and broke a 5-game losing skid in a 5-2 win over St. Louis. Newcomers Kyle Schwarber and Josh Bell returned to the Nats’ lineup and combined for 3 hits, while Juan Soto went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Eric Fedde pitched 4 and two-thirds innings for the Nationals before giving way to a solid bullpen. The Nats and Cardinals play again tonight, starting at 7:15 on Sports Radio 1450.
And, the Capitals host the Philadelphia Flyers tonight. the Caps are deadlocked with the New York Islanders atop the NHL’s Eastern Division at 27-11-4. The Flyers are 14 points behind at 19-16-6. Air time is 6:45 on The River 95-3.