In 1948, the Indians were playing the Braves in the World Series. The men of the Cleveland Orchestra were listening to a game on the radio. Then they had to go to the stage to rehearse. They weren’t very happy about this.
Their conductor was George Szell, a refugee from Europe, and a supreme taskmaster (as well as a supreme conductor). He was not a man you trifled with.
When Szell gave the downbeat, the men had the temerity to begin playing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
In 1939, a Washington DC radio station recorded an entire broadcast day of wonderfully old-timey radio, including a baseball game between the Washington Senators and The Cleveland Indians. Read about the game here, and listen here. ...