When the Reds played on the road, Hoyt didn’t travel with the team. He would broadcast the games from a studio in Cincinnati with a pitch-by-pitch running report from Western Union.
We used to marvel at the sound of the bat striking the ball so loudly on a big hit as the crowd roared its approval – through the magic of recorded sound effects.
To be honest, we boys of summer didn’t know and didn’t care whether or not the game was a live broadcast.
Keith Kappes is a columnist for The Morehead (Ky.) News. Contact him at email@example.com.