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Coverage of live baseball has advanced from telegraph wires strung from ballparks to pool halls to smartphone apps during the past 126 years.
Here is a look at the way technology brought us the national pastime, in receding order from today to yesteryear.
Four years after its launch as a smartphone app, MLB.com At Bat drew 2.9 million accesses and delivered 450,000 live audio and video streams during the first weekend of Spring Training games.
Launched in 2008, MLB.com At Bat costs $14.99 per season this year. There also are tablet versions of the app.
At Bat 12 includes access to live radio broadcasts of every game, a free, live televised game of the day and real-time pitch tracking, box scores, play-by-play and statistics.
MLB.TV for computers comes in two versions in 2012.
The Premium version ($129.99 per year or $24.99 per month) includes a free subscription to At Bat 12 as well as access via Xbox 360. It also incorporates the features of the standard version of MLB.TV ($109.99 per year/$19.99 per month), which enables fans to watch live games in high definition on their computers. Features include pausing and rewinding live game action with DVR controls.
Fantasy baseball players can configure MLB.TV to provide on-deck notifications to watch live look-ins for each player.
Live televised games are subject to certain local blackouts.
In its 11th year, MLB's Gameday Audio ($19.99 per season) provides access to radio broadcasts of every regular-season and postseason game, with no blackout restrictions. Users choose from home, away or alternate feeds (where available), and can listen to full-game archives.
Radio broadcasts for minor-league games are available for free on MiLB.TV. Televised broadcasts ($39.99 per year/$9.99 per month) are available on the MiLB.TV website for 30 Triple-A teams (including the Iowa Cubs), five Double-A teams and seven lower-classification teams.
Selected minor-league teams offer radio broadcasts of regular- season games.
Major League Baseball owners launched Major League Baseball Advanced Media, the limited partnership that serves as the league's Internet branch.
The company operates the league's office website as well as the official sites for the 30 teams. MLB Advanced Media also operates MiLB.com.
The NBC broadcast of the All-Star Game was the first American program in stereo.
Satellites were used to relay television signals from baseball games.
The Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers split a doubleheader that marked the first televised Major League Baseball game. Announcer Red Barber worked with two cameras to record the action.
The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-5, in the first baseball game aired on the radio. Pittsburgh radio station KDKA pioneered the coverage with announcer Harold Arlin.
Western Union purchased the rights to telegraph real-time updates of the team's games to saloons and pool halls.
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