NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - The MLB Network will premiere on New Year’s Day with the original telecast — commercials and all — of New York Yanees pitcher Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 baseball World Series.
The game, which was televised on NBC, was thought to have been lost to history. But several years ago, a collector discovered a kinescope version that begins in the second inning and continues throughout the end. Before the videotape era, kinescopes were a popular way of recording TV shows. They were usually created by placing a movie camera in front of a television monitor and recording the image off the monitor’s screen while the program was being aired.
It will be the first time the contest has been televised since the October day 52 years ago.
Yankees’ announcer Mel Allen and Brooklyn Dodgers’ announcer Vin Scully do the play-by-play. Larsen is the only pitcher ever to throw a perfect game during the World Series.
The MLB channel will sign on at 6 p.m. ET with a live “Hot Stove” studio show that will introduce the network and update what’s happened in baseball since the World Series. The Yankees-Dodgers game begins at 7 p.m.
Also on tap is live coverage of the Hall of Fame selection, documentaries on the Negro Leagues on Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 19) and one-hour episodes looking back at specific years in Major League Baseball.
“Hot Stove” continues live every weekday at 7 p.m. through the month.