Photo courtesy of Steven L.J. Russo and Chris Hunter and the Schenectady Museum & Science Center's GE Archives
This game on June 24th 1927 was not just integral to the future of baseball... it was the beginning of one of the biggest social revolutions of North America. The reason why baseball was the "National Pastime" wasn't just because of the quality of the game. You have to realize that before June 24th 1927… your entertainment came from sitting every night in front of a radio. The advent of the night game wasn't necessarily about being able to see baseball games after work. It was much more than that. The ballpark became the hub of the social community in your town. Everyone met at their ballpark at night to socialize, meet with your neighbors and oh by the way… there was also a baseball game going on. For the first time, there was something to do after dark in the summer besides sit in your living room and listen to the radio. Suddenly every town had a central meeting place to come together, and what could be more perfectly bucolic and "all-American" than at the ballpark. And it all began right here… under the lights on June 24th, 1927. Interestingly enough the lighting that was built for this game wasn't meant for baseball at all, but for the rail yards. The lights were designed to give the train depots a chance to work 24 hours instead of just dusk til dawn. It was a brilliant man who realized that perhaps it could do more than change an industry… it could change the social structure of an entire nation ushering in the golden era of baseball… the National Pastime.