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Massive Archive of Sports Broadcasts at Library of Congress

It was announced earlier this month that a private collector named John Miley has sold to the Library of Congress a massive collection of rare recordings of American sports broadcasts spanning much of the 20th century.

According to a New York Times article published last week, Miley began making his own audio recordings in the late 1940s using a wire recorder. Miley also traded with other collectors over the years, acquiring earlier audio recordings as well as sports broadcasts from the television era.

Some of the items in the Miley collection include:

The final game of the Brooklyn Dodgers on September 29, 1957 in Philadelphia with Vin Scully

Harold Arlin’s 1920 inaugural broadcast on KDKA in Pittsburgh

Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn heavyweight championship fights in 1941 and 1946

Sandy Koufax’s first no-hitter in 1962


The Library of Congress plans to digitize the Miley recordings over the next few years and then make them available to the public via listening stations at the library. Copyright and other intellectual property issues are such that the recordings, unfortunately, will not be widely available via the Internet.

(Posted by Feliks Banel)




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