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Saturday, July 16, 2016

DiMaggio hitting streak not on radio in New York.

Below are multiple mentions with no sources cited that Yankee games were not broadcast on radio in 1941, the year that Yankee center fielder Joltin' Joe DiMaggio set the record of hitting in 56 consecutive games. This means that newspaper accounts were the primary means for New Yorkers to learn whether DiMaggio had gotten at least one hit in the most recent Yankee game. And, of course, the games were not on television, nor streamed on the Internet, which would not be developed for decades.

Did this impact the pressure on DiMaggio? More pressure? Less pressure?

HERE IS THE ACTUAL 1939 CONTRACT THAT ENDED THE BASEBALL BROADCAST MORATORIUM FOR GOOD NOVEMBER 24, 2015 CHUCK HILDEBRANDT (three attempts to contact writer: no reply)
both the Giants and Yankees did not air their games during the 1941 and 1943 seasons due to inability to sell broadcasting rights for what they deemed to be their minimum asking price
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Allen

Allen's stint with the Yankees and Giants was interrupted in 1941, when no sponsor could be found and both teams went off the air, but the broadcasts resumed in 1942.
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SABR bio Mel Allen by Warren Corbett (no date, of course)

The Yankees and Giants couldn't find a sponsor for their broadcasts in 1941, so the teams were off the air. Accordingly, Allen never got a chance to chronicle Joe DiMaggio's fifty-six-game hitting streak, although he later recorded a re-creation of the end of the streak.

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