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Bernstein Battles Baseball at Bowl

Aug. 30, 1963 - Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic made their first appearance at the Hollywood Bowl last night since 1960, and the near capacity crowd of about 15,000 applauded, shouted, and whistled until Mr. Bernstein and the orchestra performed an encore. Baseball, though not listed in the program, intruded itself when hundreds of music lovers brought transistor radios to maintain contact with the game between the league-leading Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. Those with split allegiance between music and baseball kept both eyes — and one ear — focused on Mr. Bernstein, while the second ear was connected by earplug, cord, and radio to the game at Dodger Stadium. Even the ushers, long accustomed to the audiences at the bowl arriving with huge hampers of food, wine, and cocktails, were a little surprised at the number who came with radios. “They think of everything here,” one usher remarked, “food, drink, and even baseball.” The Dodgers flattened the Giants, 11-1.


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