Just some thoughts:
The instructions to the media (radio) people was plain and simple: Report.
“This afternoon two teams will be on the field, and for this year, they are the best in their business. Report what the players do. They don’t need your help in telling them how to play. Report.”
“There will be two managers in the park. You won’t see much of them because they will be in their dugouts. But for this year they are the best in their business. They don’t need your help, Don’t try to manage for them. Your job is to report.”
“This afternoon there will be four umpires. You’ll recognize them by the blue suits they’ll have on. They certainly don’t need or want your help or advice. They are perfectly able to make their own decisions. You report their rulings. Don’t have any opinions on what they rule, ball or strike, safe or out. Report their decisions.”
“You are to report everything in the game, everything in the ball park that you can see. You are to report everything…. but leave your opinions in the hotel.”
This was said by the commissioner of baseball, Judge K.M.Landis, just prior to the first game in the 1935 World Series when he met with the broadcast (radio) media before the start of the series. Landis was the commissioner of baseball for nearly twenty years.
“Gentlemen I want you to know the full force of the Commissioner’s office will see to it that this afternoon no player, no manager and certainly no umpire will leave the field and come to your booth and disturb you in your work. Report this World Series to millions of people who can’t see if for themselves.”
1947 When All Hell Broke Loose In Baseball–Red Barber
I like that word: Report. I wish there was more of it now days and less of the other—opinions. That goes for many areas regarding the media. Report.
June 4, 2018
Posted October 11, 2018