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Watching Hank From Center (BaseballHistoryShorts.com)

Games broadcast in the 1950s and '60s frustratingly stick with the camera situated above home plate to show the action on the field. Strangely, they had the option of using the centerfield camera. Most of the action from the 1957 World Series uses the topdown camera but here we see a rare glimpse from center. Broadcaster Mel Allen seems a bit apologetic about the angle, telling viewers that the mound looks closer to the plate than it really is. The question is surely, why did it take so long for the switch? The angle seems far superior from center as we can see the pitching motion, batter's swing, catcher's signs and often whether the pitch was a strike or ball. This clip is notable for a number of reasons. For one, we get to see a powerful home run from a young Henry Aaron as he drills a fastball over the fence to the opposite field. Also notable is Don Larsen's rather angled stretch position. For more Baseball History Shorts go to BaseballHistoryShorts.com Video copyright Major League Baseball
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