Less than two weeks after commencing regular broadcasts, local Chicago station WGN aired an exhibition game between the White Sox and the Cubs at Wrigley Field, a 4–1 Sox win with Hall of Fame broadcaster Jack Brickhouse on the call. An extension of the Tribune Company’s media empire, which included newspaper and radio properties, WGN-TV grew into a national superstation in part thanks to its subsequent relationship with the Cubs. Broadcasting the games across the US, in particular to the many markets that lacked a home team in Major League Baseball, helped the superstation, the franchise, and their home ballpark all attain a nationwide fandom. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Jon Cryer, dad (48); Martin Lawrence, comic (48); David Lyons, Cape (37); Sean Maher, doctor (38); Henry Mancini, composer (d. 1994); Peter Mark Richman, character actor (86); Billy West, voice actor (63).