Sport 1930: Night Baseball

Night Baseball

In Indianapolis one night last week, big floodlights poured metallic glare over a baseball field under a pitchblack sky and the Cincinnati "Reds" played an exhibition game with the Indianapolis "Indians." It was the first night game ever played by a major league team. The lights turned the field to a vividly unreal color, like grass in a postcard, against which the figures of the players stood out sharply three-dimensional. Both teams were hitting well but the red-legged fielders were uncertain judging distances and fumbled. Final score: Indianapolis 17, Cincinnati 5.

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