Ron Powers wrote about the reteaming of Dean and Blattner, "they wanted someone who'd known Diz, could bring him out." Gene Kirby, who had worked with Dean and Blattner at Mutual and ABC, produced the telecasts and also shared announcing duties.
Bob Finnegan, who along with Bill Mc Colgan had called backup games for ABC, performed the same role for CBS, working with a variety of color men including future Wide World of Sports host Jim Mc Kay and future World News Tonight anchor Frank Reynolds.
In these cases, Bob Finnegan would handle the play-by-play duties with various analysts depending on the city.
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Each team could also cut its own deal with broadcast and cable television channels and radio stations to serve as their local broadcasters (for example, the New York Yankees signed a cable deal with MSG that would pay the team $41 million annually for 12 years).
Reportedly, after the huge television contracts with CBS and ESPN were signed, baseball clubs spent their excess millions on free agents.
They usually did games that took place in Philadelphia, New York City, Washington, D. However, he said that he learned a lot of baseball just sitting next to Frisch.
CBS had other backup crews for games featuring the Chicago Cubs and White Sox, Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds.
Now you're getting two games a week [four, counting NBC, by 1959]." In 1958, Dizzy Dean ruffled the feathers of CBS Sports head Bill Mac Phail when he said "I don't know how we come off callin' this the 'Game of the Week'.