Before we make our way to baseball, we note that Howard Hughes, who went on to build the Spruce Goose a few years later, made a record-breaking round-the-world airplane flight on July 10, 1938. It took him 91 hours to circle the globe.
Now, on to the reason to watch baseball this afternoon. In 1962, the first communications satellite, called Telstar, was launched by NASA for Ma Bell. It gave us our first live transatlantic television feed, and also transmitted telephone calls and fax messages. The first broadcast included President Kennedy’s remarks.