SABR member James Braswell shared a brief piece that ran in the Chicago Tribune 57 years ago today:
This isn’t the first time a televised baseball game featured the now common shot of the plate from a camera in center field over well 400 feet away, but the 1958 tilt between the hometown Chicago Cubs and the visiting Cincinnati Redlegs is believed to be the first local game to do so. NBC, after “weeks of experimenting by engineers at [Milwaukee NBC affiliate] WTMJ-TV”, had successfully aired the first game to feature a center field camera during the previous year’s World Series.
Here is an article that ran in the Sporting News back then describing in fairly precise detail how the new camera angle worked:
Thanks for the Tribune article, James!