Reading Red Smith's superb collection of baseball stories, I came across one example on how the famed Baseball announcer, Red Barber, would re-create a game on the radio. I found it interesting for because even though he would recreate a ballgame using telegraph reports, it sounded an awfully lot like recreating a game nowadays via a twitter feed or text message.
"This is just a business," Mr. Barber explained before the wire opened up for the third game of Brooklyn's series in St. Louis. "We don't try to fake it. We have the telegraph sounder right in here near the microphone where it can be heard because we don't kid the listeners this is anything but a telegraphed report. "From spring training on, Connie Desmond [Barber's co-announcer] and I are studying the mannerisms of the players in the National League and memorizing them so that when we do a [re-created] game we can visualize them on the field. For instance, I remember how Ed Stanky stands at the plate, how he crouches lower and lower when he's trying for a base on balls. So when I describe it over the air I'm not faking. I know he's doing that." For a 'reconstructed' game a telegraph operator in the studio copies the wire report on a typewriter. Barber stands beside him talking into a microphone which is hung over [a lecturn] . . . although Barber sits down in his booth at Ebbets Field, he prefers to stand in the airless studio . . . At his elbow, propped up on a sort of music rack, are the lineups of the two teams with the current batting average of each player . . . Here's the way Barber builds up a play: The telegraph types: 'Reiser up - bats left' "And here's Reiser," says Red. "Hitting .283, 106 base hits. . ." The [telegraph] writes: B1 OS [ball one, outside] "Dickson misses the plate," Barber says. "Ball one." Smith writes that Barber "doesn't add a pitch or play that doesn't happen. He merely embroiders each play with words.. . "