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Re-Creating Ballgames in the Days of Radio, March 14, 1959

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Los Angeles Times file photo

KHJ-TV sportscasters Lyle Bond, left, and Bill Brundige in a 1957 publicity shot for their coverage of the Los Angeles Angels.

1959_0314_brundige I've always associated radio re-creations of baseball games with an earlier, simpler era. So I was surprised to find this story about KDAY starting re-creations of Yankee games. Guess I believed 1959 was too hip for such primitive programming, only months from the start of the swinging, Space Age, New Frontier '60s.

I didn't expect an L.A. radio station would be interested in American League games when the Dodgers had taken the town by storm. Sure, the Yankees were still the Yankees but would people really be interested in broadcasts of games that were, well, less than authentic since the broadcaster was in a studio and not at the ballpark?

And I was a little surprised by the approach taken by Times radio writer Don Page. He spun the news as good for local employment. "When the Dodgers came west many of our local announcers were relegated to lesser jobs with the demise of Coast League baseball," Page wrote. "Understandably, the Dodgers wanted their announcers, Scully and Doggett. One of our local boys is back in business, however."

The local voice was Bill Brundige, who called Los Angeles Angels games on TV from '52-57. Brundige was no minor leaguer--he broadcast the Cubs and Phillies before coming to Southern California.

Any Daily Mirror readers remember the Yankee weekend games on L.A. radio?

--Keith Thursby

 
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I do recall listening with my grandfather to both Lyle Bond and Bill Brundige. I also recall listening to Bob Kelley broadcasting the Los Angeles Angels and Hollywood Stars games during the days before major league baseball chased minor league baseball away.

I most certainly remember listening to those re-creation games. However, as a child, I never knew the games were re-created. The sound of the bat and the roar from the crowd sounded very real to me.
I remember these games were on a not-often-listened-to station located to the far right on the radio dial. It might have been KDAY. I believe the games were created by Mutual Broadcasting System, but I forget the name of the broadcaster. I do not think it was Mel Allen...I want to say his name was Al ..........?
The joy of listening to those games (usually during the late morning hours on many Saturdays) made the yardwork chores much more enjoyable for this Southern California kid.

I do recall listening with my grandfather to both Lyle Bond and Bill Brundige. I also recall listening to Bob Kelley broadcasting the Los Angeles Angels and Hollywood Stars games during the days before major league baseball chased minor league baseball away.

I most certainly remember listening to those re-creation games. However, as a child, I never knew the games were re-created. The sound of the bat and the roar from the crowd sounded very real to me.
I remember these games were on a not-often-listened-to station located to the far right on the radio dial. It might have been KDAY. I believe the games were created by Mutual Broadcasting System, but I forget the name of the broadcaster. I do not think it was Mel Allen...I want to say his name was Al ..........?
The joy of listening to those games (usually during the late morning hours on many Saturdays) made the yardwork chores much more enjoyable for this Southern California kid.

Lyle Bond was my uncle! He was originally from Clare MI and had three younger sisters, one of whom was my mother.


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