Radio: The Reckoning

It was ladies' day at Ebbets Field—a warm, lazy, Brooklyn afternoon. The Dodgers led the Cubs, 2-0. Behind the chicken wire in the WHN radio box, Red Barber gabbled easily: "It's a long line drive down center field, folks ... Jeffcoat's under it ... It's a long one ... AND, he has it! Two outs, Robinson at bat ..."

Two innings later, Barber jumped from his seat, hurried through another box, wriggled into the CBS booth and sat down before another microphone. This time his pitch was different: "That's Pafko at bat, folks . . . Big, strong boy, isn't he? ......

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