December 19, 2008
| by Arlen Schweiger
If you’re gonna start a new network, you better go strong out of the gate. After seeing signs for it throughout the postseason this year, MLB Network has announced its scheduling plans for January—and it launches January 1 with a gem.
Following the debut at 6 p.m. with an hour-long studio show called Hot Stove, the network will dive into its All-Time Games vault with Don Larsen’s hallowed perfect game from the 1956 World Series between the Yankees and Dodgers. It’s the only time a perfect game’s been tossed in the World Series, and it hasn’t aired on TV since the original broadcast—nope, not even on ESPN Classic.
MLB Network used the original film negatives to retransfer and restore this game, which has truly lived on in legendary status because no one’s seen it on the whole in 52 years, except for the classic clip of catcher Yogi Berra jumping into Larsen’s arms after the final out.
For the broadcast, MLB has gotten new commentary from Larsen and Berra to spice it up and relive the moments. It’ll also complement the airing that will feature the original broadcast commentary from Vin Scully—yep, the same Vin who’s still behind the mic for Dodgers games half a century later—and Mel Allen. As Mel was known for saying, how ‘bout that!
Other programming for the month includes the Hall of Fame election announcement on January 12 and a special on Negro League baseball to coincide with Martin Luther King Day on January 19.
Check your listings to see if you’re one of the 50 million homes expected to receive the network. Play ball!
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.