A&E recently released a six-dvd set The Boston Red Sox: The Greatest Games of Fenway Park. The most interesting selection is September 30, 1967, the second-to-last day of one of the most thrilling pennant races of em all. Yaz hit his 44th dinger of the year in this one. The broadcast is dated, but in a fascinating way--there are zero graphics and no instant replays, making it something out of the stone age. The announcers call the game like they were on the radio (funny, because today, radio broadcaster's have the benefit of the televised replays). I couldn't hear any Stadium noise, sound effects or even music from the organ. Of course, most of the players look smaller (a rookie Reggie Smith was lean and mean), but the big guys--Killebrew, Kaat (who started the game)--look strapping, no matter the era. Funny thing about the game, Sparky Lyle warmed up briefly in the bullpen during the early innings. I also learned that Jose Tartabull, Danny's father, was on the Sox that year, and he was the guy who pinch-ran for Tony C after the young star was beaned in the face on August 18th.
The set is worth picking up for this game alone. One thing that struck me while watching, however, was how dull the game was as a televised sport. Although the space on a ball field is flattened-out to an extent that is nothing short of dismaying these days with the use of the center field zoom lens, all the bells and whistles today make for a more satisfying experience, particularly on an HD set. It's no wonder that football surged ahead of baseball in the nation's imagination during the late sixties. The game was built for TV. I assume that replays and even some graphics were used during post-season baseball in '67 and I'm certain that the NFL was using replay by this time. Funny, but when you watch the next game in the set, Game Six of the 1975 World Serious, it's as if you've entered the Modern Age.