Friday, September 11, 2009
MONMOUTH PARK -- First Color TV Broadcast Of A Sporting Event
The first color broadcast of a sporting event happened at beautiful MONMOUTH PARK in Oceanport, NJ.
On Saturday, July 14th, 1951, a staff of more than fifty engineers and crew members, including the late legendary announcer JIM McKAY, made the trek from CBS headquarters in New York City to broadcast THE MOLLY PITCHER HANDICAP in "living color" to viewers on the East Coast.
Woodvale Farms' MARTA, trained by the late W.C. "WOODY" STEPHENS, won the $15,000 added event, paying $5.00, $3.40 and $2.40 to show.